“Feminist leadership for me, it’s who I am, it’s what I self identify as and live through day to day. I’m a woman, a mother, an African – it’s everything that I am (…).
Feminism is fluidity. It moves around. It goes into all the spaces it needs to go, it takes the best out of it, and it works within that mold. It encourages you to be whoever you want to be, no matter what your limitations are. You feel encouraged and enabled to be your own person”.
Alimatu Dimonekene is an award-winning women and girls’ rights advocate. She is a tireless activist who has dedicated her life’s purpose to enhancing the reproductive health rights of women and girls especially those affected by harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation\cutting (FGM/C) with child and early force marriage and exploitation.
Alimatu is the Rosie McGrath Activist 2018 as well as the recipient of the African Achievers Award 2017 for her work on raising the voices of African women and girls through empowering the next generation. She also is the founder of A Girl At A Time (SL), a platform to engage, empower and educate young people around the issues of gender-based violence and advocacy.