Alimatu Dimonekene has dedicated her life to stopping FGM as well as other violent and exploitative practices toward women and girls, both here in the UK and across the globe. Winner of the True Hero Award 2015 for her work in tackling FGM, Alimatu has used her experiences as an FGM survivor in working extensively with key agencies, including UN Women (UK), The Home Office, Metropolitan Police, NHS and the NSPCC.
Alimatu has also worked with a number of respected authorities and media partners that are dedicated to safeguarding girls and women at risk. She plans to extend her work and become much more active in Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Liberia – supporting communities with strategies for eliminating violence against women and girls. In December 2015, Alimatu was invited by the African Union to host Youth Panel discussions at the End Child Summit in Lusaka, Zambia – in order to look at ways of combating Child and Early Marriage worldwide. Alimatu made such an impact that she is now mentoring most of the Youth delegates she met at the Summit.
ProjectACEi will not rest until the whole world has ended the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).