Alimatu Dimonekene is an experienced thought-leader and international keynote speaker within the field of development, women and girls rights agenda and community engagement and social entrepreneurship.
She has dedicated her entire professional career to making the voices of women and girls affected by gender based violence including harmful practices like female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).
As an activist and campaigner she and others succeeded in making violence against women and girls rights issues at the top of the political agenda in the U.K. and globally.
She is driven by a strong passion for improving the reproductive health rights of women and girls in the developing countries like Sierra Leone, Liberia and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Alimatu is the winner Rosie McGrath Award for Activism and a 2017 Honouree of the African Achievers Award and was selected to speak at the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting in Berlin 2018 as an gender expert.
Among many projects Alimatu engages in she co founded Not In My Name (SL), an online-based platform supporting grassroots access resources on FGM.
Alimatu is the founder of A Girl At A Time in Sierra Leone an organization engaging young people as advocates, peer mentors, activists and campaigners as agents of change in ending gender-based violence including female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).
Alimatu has a joint Honours in Third World and International Development Studies with Sociology (Middlesex University) and a Social Policy Diploma from Birkbeck College (London)