Who is F.A. Cole?
F. A. Cole – award winning humanitarian, author, and anti-FGM activist.
F.A. Cole has used her childhood and young adult experiences to design a blueprint to defeat Female Genital Mutilation in her home country, Sierra Leone.
A survivor of FGM, child sexual assault, and rape, Cole focuses on empowering survivors and provides needed tools to help them overcome their ordeal via her various platforms.
An inspirational speaker who strongly believes in transparency, Cole is winning the trust of many as she openly shares her experiences (on national and international platforms) of overcoming not only sexual violence but multiple abortions and prostitution. “If God can transform and use me, He can do the same for anyone.”
Cole has been awarded (Women in History 2013) for her work by Northwest High School; Awarded by FestAfricaUSA for her outstanding presence in her community and memorable change in the African community and beyond; and was also awarded a Humanitarian Award for her work on FGM and message of hope to survivors of sexual violence and FGM by the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Association. Cole has been recognized by Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation and A Smile for a Child for building a community of Support, Love, and Sisterhood for survivors of FGM and other forms of sexual violence.
Cole has embarked on a drive for sanitary napkins and other feminine products for adolescent girls in Sierra Leone who miss school during their periods because they cannot afford these products.
The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. and Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation were so moved by Cole’s selfless act of love, they decided to partner with her to get donations for her foundation (F.A. Cole Foundation – A Lighthouse for KIDS).
When asked why she’s doing the drive, she says: “I used to be one of these girls and I remember the embarrassment of going to school and having blood sip through my slip and down my legs. I also remember staying home from school on days I didn’t have pads and had to used old cloths as a substitute which were later washed in the nearby stream when I had my bath.” She further states that, “no girl should miss school because of her periods.” Cole will ship donated items to Sierra Leone annually in December.
She is slated to do a nation-wide series of workshops on “Living a life of PURPOSE on purpose” in May, 2017 as she partners with Anita Koroma of GirlChild Network, Sierra Leone’s chapter.
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