Nimco Ali

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Nimco Ali
Born 1982/1983 (age 35–36)
Alma mater University of the West of England
Occupation social activist, independent training consultant
Title Co-founder and Director of Daughters of Eve

Nimco Ali (Somali: Nimco Cali) is a Somali social activist and independent training consultant. She is a co-founder and the Director of the Daughters of Eve non-profit organization.

Personal life[edit]

Ali was born between 1982 and 1983 in Somalia. When she was four, her family moved to Manchester, England, where she was raised.[1][2] She has four brothers, one of whom, Mohamed, is chair of the Somali Conservatives.[3]

For her post-secondary education, Ali attended the University of the West of England, Bristol.[4]


Ali previously worked as a civil servant. She also served as a women's rights activist and an independent training consultant for a number of years.[4]

In 2010, Ali along with psychotherapist Leyla Hussein founded Daughters of Eve.[1][5] The non-profit organization was established to help young women and girls, with a focus on providing education and raising awareness on female genital mutilation (FGM).[6] Ali underwent the procedure at age seven at a hospital in Djibouti while on vacation with her family.[1][7] She later suffered health complications and had to undergo reconstructive surgery.[8] The experience and meeting other females who had been incised inspired her to assist at risk girls and to call for the practice's eradication.[1][2]

Additionally, Ali served as a Network Coordinator for the End FGM/C Social Change Campaign. She has also written extensively on national gender rights.[4]

On 18 April 2015, Ali spoke at one of the early meetings of a new political party, the Women's Equality Party.[9]


In 2014, Ali and Hussein received a community/charity award at the 2014 Red Magazine Woman of the Year awards for their work with Daughters of Eve.[6] They also placed sixth in the Woman's Hour Power List 2014.[5]

Political activity[edit]

At the 2017 General Election, Ali contested the seat of Hornsey and Wood Green[10] in North London for the Women's Equality Party. Nimco polled 551 votes (0.9%),[11] finishing in 5th place out of the 8 candidates that stood and losing her deposit.[12]

In summer 2018, she applied to be the Conservative Party candidate for the 2020 London Mayoral election,[13] but she was not shortlisted.


  1. ^ a b c d Onyanga-Omara, Jane (29 July 2011). "Men 'must help stop female genital mutilation'". BBC. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Poon, Linda (5 August 2014). "Fighting Genital Cutting Of British Girls: A Survivor Speaks Out". NPR. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Collier, Hatty (16 May 2017). "Bizarre row erupts in north London election race as Women's Equality candidate labelled 'anti-feminist'". Evening Standard. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c "6. Leyla Hussein and Nimco Ali". BBC. 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  5. ^ a b British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (May 2014). "Towards ending female genital mutilation" (PDF). CBT Today. 42 (2): 16–17. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Powell, Emma (4 September 2014). "Lauren Laverne, Sadie Frost and Olivia Inge attend the Red Woman of the Year Awards". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Bentham, Martin (18 February 2013). "Met will prosecute parents who send their girls abroad to be 'cut'". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Banneman, Lucy (13 January 2014). "'It's child abuse that has gone mainstream'". The Times. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Milligan, Becky (23 April 2015). "The brand new Women's Equality Party: 'not standing in this election'". PM. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
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