Join feminist, anti-FGM campaigner, author and professional oversharer Nimco Ali for a series of AllBright Awkward Conversations exploring the topics that women are told they shouldn’t talk about. In the second in the series, Nimco will be speaking to Sohaila Abdulali, author of the international bestseller What We Talk About When We talk About Rape.
Thoughtful, provocative and intelligent, her game-changing book looks at sexual assault and the global discourse on rape from the viewpoint of a survivor, writer, counsellor and activist.
Drawing on three decades of grappling with the issue personally and professionally, and on her work with hundreds of other survivors, Sohaila explores what we think about rape and what we say.
She also explores what we don’t say, and asks pertinent questions about who gets raped and who rapes, about consent and desire, about redemption and revenge, and about how we raise our sons. Most importantly, she asks: does rape always have to be a life-defining event, or is it possible to recover joy?
Nimco Ali is co-founder of The Five Foundation, the global coalition to end FGM. She has been instrumental in changing legislation around the practice of FGM in the UK and abroad, including getting it included in the Children’s Act in 2019. She has spoken at events including the Women of the World festival and The Girl Summit. At the 2019 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy Nimco was awarded the UN Women’s Rights Award. What We’re Told Not to Talk About is her first book.
Founded in 2017 by Debbie Wosskow OBE and Anna Jones, AllBright supports women at all stages of their careers, with a particular focus on skills, events and space. AllBright are the connective thread between passion and drive for women at all ages and stages.