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Anti-FGM activist Nimco Ali says Australian feminism stuck in the 1980s
Nimco Ali observes Australian feminism and shakes her head. She admits she's only just arrived here but her advice to feminists would be "to be a little bit more brave, a little bit more bold". In the UK, she says, there's more "honesty, more 'get out of my fucking way' ".
Ali, 32, is a Somali-born British activist and survivor of female genital mutilation (FGM), performed on her when she was seven years old.
Ali is fierce, and has led an in-your-face, humorous, relentless campaign against FGM in the UK. She helped make the issue front page news with her "fanny suit" – a vagina costume she wears to rallies – and the "muff march" to protest against the growing incidence of labiaplasty in the UK. After years of silence, she now speaks openly about her own experience of FGM.
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