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Jaha Dukureh

BIOGRAPHY

Jaha Dukureh is the founder of Safe Hands for Girls, a nonprofit organization working to protect young women and girls who are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). For her outstanding work on women's rights and advocating against FGM, she was named TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People for 2016, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018, and was called one of the 100 most influential Africans of 2017 by New African magazine. Jaha, herself a survivor of FGM and forced into child marriage at age 15, successfully contributed to President Obama’s administration's investigation of the profile of FGM in the USA and the subsequent Summit to End FGM at the United States Institute of Peace. Alongside women’s organizations and civil society, Jaha has also contributed to the Gambian government's announcement of a ban on FGM through youth mobilization and campaigning in Gambia. Dukureh was recognized as a Woman of Worth by L'Oréal Paris in 2015, awarding her organization funding to expand its impact.

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