Dr Wilson has always had a heart for those at the margins, having joined the Red Cross
as a volunteer at the age of 6, before getting a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award at age 18.
She worked in the corporate world and ran her own business for 11 years, whilst
volunteering for four and a half months of the year. Dr Wilson then volunteered in Africa
for two years before closing her business and working full time in aid work in five African
There was a catalytic moment for her whilst working in West Darfur having met an 11 year
old girl with her child, who experienced FGM at age 5 and was raped and orphaned as her village
was burned and everyone killed, at age 10. Dr Wilson retrained in Midwifery in Pakistan and
volunteered at Forward, an anti-FGM charity. She has since started a research, advocacy
and community networks charity, 28 Too Many.
“Ann-Marie embraces the challenges she sees and once she decides to champion a cause,
there is no stopping her focus!”
Dr Wilson has worked in nine countries just in 2014 and 28 Too Many has published six country
reports on FGM in Kenya, Uganda, Ethopia, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Mali, three more being
published by Summer 2015.
“She inspires and influences many, yet has had little formal recognition”.