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Anam and Deeqa

Anam and Deeqa

Name: Anam Ali and Deeqa Ahmed
Age: 22
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Birmingham
Campaign: To raise awareness of female genital mutilation

We are raising awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM).


Although we live in Birmingham, we are of Somali heritage and Somalia is a country that counts FGM among its traditions.

The practice involves intentionally altering or causing injury to a woman’s genital area for non-medical reasons. It’s invasive, can lead to health problems and is illegal in the UK.

With Fixers, we want to prompt open discussion about the procedure that has long been considered taboo.


It's a topic that needs to be talked about more freely if we're to see it decline.


By raising awareness of the issue, we also hope to encourage people to speak up if they think they know someone who is at risk of FGM.

Thank you to Ayan Ali for helping us with our Fix.

Youth Social Action Fund

My Fixers project was supported by the Cabinet Office’s Youth Social Action Fund.

As part of the Cabinet Office initiative ‘Step Up to Serve’, which is spearheaded by HRH the Prince of Wales, Fixers is working in partnership with the Youth Social Action Fund (YSAF) to offer the Fixer experience specifically to young people aged between 16 and 20 in Birmingham and parts of Kent.


Birmingham and Solihull Women's Aid
Nasheima Sheikh, Assistant Chief Executive at Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid, supports our project. She agreed to be interviewed for our broadcast piece.


Leyla Hussein, Anti-FGM Campaigner

Leyla has been very supportive of our Fix. She offers her opinions and shares her experiences in our TV story.


November 2014

Our broadcast film formed a part of winning entry for a Creative Diversity Award for ‘Best News Coverage’. Congratulations to ITV Central, who won the distinction for their strong reporting on female genital mutilation.


August 2014

Our campaign was featured on the website of Shabana Mahmood - MP for Birmingham, Ladywood. You can click here to read the article.


July 2014

A story about our Fixers campaign was featured in the Daily Mail Online.

Several prominent organisations tweeted about our Fixers campaign and film, including the Liberal Democrats and Crimestoppers.



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