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Sonne Women of Excellence: Alimatu Dimonekene – Women`s Rights Activist and Founder

As part of our Pledge for Parity in women`s month, we are sharing a short profile of 20 women working to advance and build the African image in the diaspora. Let`s celebrate them!


AlimatuCareer & Life:

Alimatu Dimonekene is a women’s rights activist from Sierra Leone. She is the founder of ProjectAcei, an action group in Enfield, London, that helps facilitate greater working relationships between professionals and communities to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

She is also a FGM Prevention Caseworker and Trainer for Manor Gardens. Dimonekene won the True Hero Award 2015 for her work in tackling FGM. She has used her experience as a FGM survivor to work with agencies such as UN Women (UK), the Home Office, Met Police, NHS, NSPCC and other authorities in safeguarding girls and women at risk of the practice.

Dimonekene intends to extend her work to her home country, Sierra Leone  in order to support communities with strategies for eliminating violence against women and girls. Her enthusiasm for the work she does and her love for humanity is truly inspirational. It is this enthusiasm that lead her to organise the first Sierra Leone diaspora conference on protecting girls in Sierra Leone on March 22nd 2016.

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