Payzee Mahmod

Payzee Mahmod

Payzee Mahmod is a survivor and activist tackling gender based violence. As a British Kurd with lived experience, she is a passionate advocate and campaigner raising awareness about harmful practices including child marriage, FGM, virginity testing and hymenoplasty.

In addition to her own lived-experience, Payzee Mahmod also suffered the loss of her sister in a so-called “honour killing”. Her story is not unique and is the reality experienced by millions of girls around the world.

After being forced into a child marriage aged 16, Payzee lead the 3 year long campaign to change the legal age of marriage from 16 to 18, in England and Wales (Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill, 2023).

Payzee has regularly appeared in national media both nationally and globally, and her petition to urge the government to criminalise all form of child marriage received a quarter of a million signatures. 

Since making worldwide news, Payzee now uses her platform to spread awareness on “honour” based abuse, child marriage and promoting the importance of gender inclusion and raising money for good causes. 

Payzee is regularly called upon to share her experiences and expertise nationally and internationally, with government, academics, media and professionals and she is a member of Girls Not Brides Advisory Committee and sits on several Boards.

As a seasoned speaker who empowers women to stand up for their rights, her eye-opening talks are both inspiring and impactful. Using her personal accounts to support great change, Payzee shares actionable strategies with corporate audiences to improve awareness and policy making in professional environments.

Payzee Mahmod has delivered TEDx talks and her first talk ‘A Survivor’s Plea to end Child Marriage’ has been viewed more than a million times. 

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“On belief of the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Adults Board and Children Partnership, I would like to express my sincere thanks for your participation and powerful and thought provoking contribution at our recent honour based abuse and violence campaign launch.

It is not easy to raise the profile of honour based abuse and violence, yet your personal story really brought home to me and to the audience, the impact such practices can have on people’s lives.

I am sure your words and experiences, together with the messages and training we share as part of our wider campaign, will have the positive effect of helping equip practitioners to challenge the practices of honour based abuse and violence and empower victims to follow your example and become survivors, through the ability to choose a life free of abuse and violence.”

Amanda Clarke, Independent Chair

Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Adults Board and Children Partnership

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