Nimco Ali

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Nimco Ali
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Born1982/1983 (age 35–36)
Alma materUniversity of the West of England
Occupationsocial activist, independent training consultant
TitleCo-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] She was named one of BBC's 100 Women during 2018.[10]

On International Women's Day 2019 it was announced that the 2019 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy’s International Women’s Rights Award would be awarded to Ali for her "approach to ending FGM by offering holistic support to survivors of the practice".[11]

Political activity[edit]

Ali has said that she stopped supporting the Labour Party after Jeremy Corbyn became leader, however Ali had appeared on a Liberal Democrat leaflet prior to Corbyns Labour leadership.[12] At the 2017 general election, Ali contested the seat of Hornsey and Wood Green[13] in North London for the Women's Equality Party. Nimco polled 551 votes (0.9%),[14] finishing in 5th place out of the 8 candidates that stood and losing her deposit.[15]

In summer 2018, she applied to be the Conservative Party candidate for the 2020 London Mayoral election,[16] 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.
  10. ^ "BBC 100 Women 2018: Who is on the list?". BBC News. 2018-11-19. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  11. ^ geneva (2019-03-08). "25 NGOs Announce 2019 Anti-FGM Champion As International Women's Rights Award Winner". Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  12. ^ Ali, Nimco [@NimkoAli] (10 October 2018). "Let's be clear, I stopped supporting Labour after Corbyn. I don't like him or his cabinet. I am a centrist and right now if I seems to find more of what I believe in within the Tory Party that is how it is. I am not owned by the left and have my own mind" (Tweet). Retrieved 10 October 2018 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Topping, Alexandra (7 June 2017). "Women's Equality party candidate receives death threat signed 'Jo Cox'". the Guardian.
  14. ^ "Women's Equality Party defeat follows weeks of horrific abuse". 9 June 2017.
  15. ^ "General Election 2017 - Haringey votes".
  16. ^ "The Londoner: Mercer takes aim at 'Private Pike'". Evening Standard.

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