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FGM campaigner Nimco Ali appointed as Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls adviser

On 9 October 2020 the Home Office announced that Nimco Ali OBE, CEO of The Five Foundation, The Global Partnership To End FGM, had been appointed as an Independent Government Adviser on Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls.

She will advise the Home Secretary and other ministers on the government's new Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, which will be published in 2021.

The new Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy is intended to help improve the targeting of perpetrators and support victims of these crimes, and increase the Government's ability to tackle new and emerging forms of violence against women and girls such as upskirting and revenge porn. A continued effort is required to shine a light on these often hidden crimes, the Home Office says.

The Home Office notes that Nimco Ali OBE is a leading voice in the UK and globally on violence against women and girls. As CEO of The Five Foundation, The Global Partnership To End FGM, she brings a wealth of both first-hand and professional experience in how to best protect and promote the rights of women and girls. Nimco has spearheaded the campaign to elevate FGM as a priority issue in the UK and globally - including persuading Sudan to ban FGM in recent months and changing the narrative on how grassroots efforts to end FGM on the African continent and beyond need to be properly funded.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said:

"Nimco Ali's dedication to raising awareness of the sickening practice of Female Genital Mutilation and advocacy for victims of gender-based violence, means she is ideally placed to advise the Government on tackling these appalling crimes."

Ms Ali will support the consultation process for the new strategy, which will engage with girls and women throughout the UK from a range of backgrounds. A key part of her role will be to hear from a wide range of people, so ordinary voices from across the UK are heard throughout this consultation, and practical solutions are found to make a real difference to people's lives.

18/10/20