6. Leyla Hussein and Nimco Ali
Daughters of Eve - anti-FGM activists
Leyla Hussein is an anti-FGM campaigner and co-founder of Daughters of Eve, a non-profit organisation, which works to protect the health rights of young girls from FGM practising communities. She trained as a psychotherapist and has a background as a youth outreach worker. She is also Chief Executive of Hawa’s Haven, a collective of Somali women campaigners and community activists raising awareness about gender-based violence in Somali communities in the UK and the Horn of Africa.
She is a 'Strong Voice' of Amnesty International’s END FGM European campaign. Her documentary The Cruel Cut on FGM aired on Channel 4 in November 2013.
Nimco Ali is the director and co-founder of Daughters of Eve. She studied at Bristol University and worked as a civil servant, independent training consultant and Women’s Rights Activist for several years. She has written widely on FGM and violence against women and girls within the BME community in the UK.
She is the social media and network coordinator for the ‘End FGM/ C Social Change Campaign’, a programme supported by the government to tackle FGM.