Interview – Jaha Dukureh and her organisation Safe Hands for Girls have set themselves a date to end a war that has been going on for 15 years – ending female genital mutilation (FGM). Dukureh was born in The Gambia, survived FGM when she was just a week old, and was forced to marry a man many years her senior when she was only 15 years old.Years later, living in the U.S. with her new family, she decided to end the practice that became a cultural norm. She started handing out pamphlets against FGM, and when the c
Every year, more than 3 million girls in the world suffer from this type of violence; and France is not to be outdone, as there has recently been an increase of those acts. Nearly 60 000 women and girls have experienced a FGM according to the French Institute for Demographic Studies (FIDS/INED). Victim herself, Jaha Dukureh is the founder of the Safe Hands for Girls association. She will launch a global awarenss-raising campaign under the hashtag #EndFGM. "Safe Hands for Girls focuses on educating young people, working with religious leaders, having programs in hospitals and schools, and mobilizing youth to make sure that we end FGM in our generation. Because women should be allowed to make a choice when it comes to their bodies and no one should be able to do something to a person's body without their consent. This campaign deals with choice. As an adult woman, I can make a conscience decision to pierce my body. But with FGM, there is mostly no choice. It happens to helpless babies or people that can't defend themselves. I speak for all these women" states Jaha Dukureh.
Posted by allAfrica.com on Wednesday, February 5, 2020