A survivor of FGM and forced child marriage, Jaha Dukureh was named one of Time Magazine’s "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2016 and in December 2017, The New African Magazine selected her as “One of the 100 most influential Africans.” In early February 2018, she was named the first ever UN Women Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa addressing FGM and Child Marriage and nominated for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian politician Jette Christenssen. She is the subject of 'Jaha's Promise,' a feature documentary film by The Guardian and Accidental Pictures, which tells the story of a young woman who returns home to campaign against the brutal practices that almost destroyed her life. Confronting her past, her family, her culture, her religion, country and its leaders, Jaha became a lightning-rod for change in The Gambia, her work contributing to the eventual government ban on FGM and child marriage. The film premiered with a screening followed by a panel with Jaha at the United Nations in June, 2017 where she received a standing ovation. In August, 2017, she was appointed UN Ambassador for FGM and Child Marriage by UN Women.
As a mother and a survivor of FGM and child marriage, Jaha believes that by coming together, we can end practices like FGM and child marriage in a generation. This vision led her to start Safe Hands for Girls; a survivor led nonprofit organization against the practice of female genital mutilation and other harmful practices against women and girls. Dukureh is a fierce advocate for the rights of some of the most marginalized and underserved women in the world. Her efforts have led to numerous recognitions and awards from communities, to presidents and royalties like the crown princess of Denmark. Dukureh works at all levels to get the voices of women heard. She walks with religious leaders in villages, to survivors and world leaders. Dukureh has been revered as a young leader to look out for. The new Africa Woman magazine nominated her as "The Africa Woman on the Rise."
Jaha gathered national grassroots support to call for the first national survey in the US to determine the prevalence rate of Female Genital Mutilation in the US. Her campaign received backing from former UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon and Members of Congress, including Senator Harry Reid, Congressmen John Lewis and Joseph Crowley, and was recognized by President Barack Obama. She was nominated for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize and is a 2018 recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Medal of Honor. She is an Awardee for the 2018 "Women That Soar Awards," a televised special that will be broadcast throughout the United States and streamed globally in March, 2019.
Jaha Dukureh, female genital mutilation (FGM) survivor activist, 'Time 100' honoree and founder of Safe Hands for Girls', introduced by Gloria Steinem
Jaha Dukureh underwent female genital mutilation as a baby in the Gambia, and is actively campaigning to end the practice around the world.
Film trailer for the documentary about Jaha Dukureh's journey from a victim of FGM & forced childhood marriage to becoming one of 2016 Time Magazine's
On this very prestigious panel in Egypt in front of many of the leaders of Africa, Jaha is asked what needs to happen for women to have equality on t
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