“When Gambian president Yahya Jammeh banned female genital mutilation in his country last month, no one was as surprised as Jaha Dukureh. “I couldn’t even believe it,” said Dukureh, a native of the small West African country where about 75 percent of girls are subjected to female genital mutilation, or FGM, the ritual practice of cutting off a girl’s external genitalia. The ban is a major victory for 26-year-old Dukureh, who now lives in Atlanta and has made it her life’s work to end FGM both in the U.S. and abroad. Now, she is directly involved in writing the Gambian law. The nonprofit she founded, Safe Hands for Girls, is helping draft the legislation. Dukureh told HuffPost that the ban was a welcome surprise despite the political climate. “I’m happy that the president prioritized girls and women despite the elections,” she said.”
Read the whole article, Woman Who Survived Female Genital Mutilation Is Now Working To Ban It here.
Learn more about Jaha Dukureh’s project, Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation here.