Jaha Dukureh

survivor activist

Jaha Dukureh is a survivor activist. She tells her own story: “As an infant growing up in Gambia, I experienced Female Genital Mutilation. It took away a part of my femininity, my ownership to my body. Some girls, including my half-sister who died from complications from being cut, even lose their lives. When I was 15 years old, I moved to New York and was forced into marriage. I was lucky to escape and create a new life in Atlanta, where I now live with my second husband and children. I ended my silence about my experience and started speaking out about FGM. Now I am committed to ending this destructive practice all over the world and we have already created a global movement that has achieved some great results in the UK, USA, and Gambia.”

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