Nimco Ali told her teacher when she was seven years old that she had been subjected to female genital mutilation. The teacher did nothing. Now FGM has been added to the The Children Act, due in large part to Ali’s activism. The addition makes it easier for teachers, nurses and other workers to report if they are worried that a child they’re in contact with may be subject to FGM, or has had it done.
Gina Martin, Nimco Ali and Amika George on a year of activism.
Nimko Ali is a writer, FGM campaigner and co-founder of Daughters of Eve. Here, as part of The Huffington Post UK's All Women Everywhere project, Nimko vlogs on her experience of FGM and on coming to terms with being a survivor.
WOW is all I can say when I look back at the last five years. So much has changed in the conversation about FGM and ending the practice within our lifetime is now a tangible reality. It is hard to believe that for me this journey started on a Saturday morning in one of the back rooms of Southbank Centre.
At the age of seven I was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). This did not happen because I was African or Muslim, but because I was female. I came back from that summer trip to Somalia to continue to live in the United Kingdom. By the age of 11, I had worked out that FGM was rooted in patriarchy and assumed that those tasked with leading this country would recognise this too, and care enough to protect girls like me. I also assumed that by the time I grew up I would be paid equally to men and be able to have a baby without affecting my career. But the older I got the more I lost faith that - without radical change - this equality would be something I would ever actually experience.
British police are facing questions over why there have been no convictions for female genital mutilation in the UK, after