Patrons & Ambassadors

We are proud to be supported by our Patron and Ambassadors, who all join us in speaking out against ‘honour’-based abuse and harmful practices.

Patron

Nazir Afzal OBE

Nazir Afzal OBE

Former Chief Prosecutor for North West England, expert in deradicalisation and a senior British lawyer who campaigns on issues around child sexual exploitation and violence against women.
“Savera means new beginnings and the people Savera helps know exactly what that means. They are rescued from hopeless and desperate abusive relationships, or from families who are determined to harm them through forced marriage or FGM, and given hope, help and a home. These victims and survivors are the least likely in the UK to seek help because of issues such as honour and culture…It is my privilege to be Savera’s Patron, I can think of no better way of showing my admiration for the work they do and the lives they save.”

Celebrity Ambassadors

Sunetra Saker

Sunetra Saker

British actress, star of Channel 4’s Ackley Bridge and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant.
“We can make a difference when we unite our voices and bring subjects like those tackled by Savera UK to the forefront. If we don’t speak out on behalf of those that have suffered and are suffering, then we cannot expect change and this is ultimately what is required. Through my role as Savera UK ambassador I hope that I can raise awareness and help survivors and those at risk to feel more connected, relevant and empowered to speak out.”
Maya Jama

Maya Jama

BBC Radio 1 DJ and TV presenter.
“Working with Savera UK presents an opportunity to raise awareness within young women who might not understand that there is always another way. I am very passionate to use my voice to get the message out there and thrilled that I am able to become an ambassador for such a fantastic charity doing amazing work.”

Survivor Ambassadors

Khatra Paterson

Khatra Paterson

Director and owner of KP Aesthetics, wife, mother of two and survivor of FGM.
“Past experiences of abuse do not have to define you as a person. Growing up in a fearful household due to persistent domestic abuse and being the subject to Female Genital Mutilation is abhorrent but I’ve used my past to help other survivors. I’m a strong believer that through education you can change cultural beliefs that have a negative impact on women and children. As an Ambassador for Savera U.K. I will be using my experience of being a survivor to educate, support and make change.”
Kiara Mohamed

Kiara Mohamed

Queer multidisciplinary artist based in Liverpool and survivor of forced marriage, ‘honour’-based abuse and FGM.
“My work as an artist focuses on the underrepresentation and marginalisation of minority groups, which is why I am so passionate about Savera UK’s mission to create awareness and help those who are vulnerable and have nowhere else to turn to. Though my work and my ambassador role with Savera UK, I want to shine a light on the impact that forced marriage, FGM and ‘honour’-based abuse has on survivors’ mental health.”
Babs Ceesay

Babs Ceesay

Student of adult nursing at LJMU and survivor of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
“I use my own experiences as a survivor to tackle FGM and other other harmful and traditional practices. I have teamed up with Savera UK to engage professionals and communities, raise awareness and inform them of the impact these issues can have. My aim is to encourage them to use this knowledge and understanding to make a difference and end to FGM and other harmful practices within communities.”