Jaha Dukureh, Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation
For activist Jaha Dukureh, one girl undergoing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is one too many. The horrific practice doesn’t only take place abroad, but also exists in the United States, where 200,000 girls are at risk, she estimates. That’s why Jaha started the Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation.
“I am passionate about FGM because I have experienced it first hand and I know that it is a violation of the rights of girls and women,” Jaha said. “Female genital mutilation has been declared as a human rights violation by the world health organization. I don’t think any girl deserves to be mutilated in the name of culture.”
Jaha is spreading the word about the practice and sharing stories of other women who have gone through FGM. She’s also holding educational workshops with families affected and at risk of FGM and lobbying decision makers in Washington D.C. To date, the campaign’s Change.org petition has collected more than 200,000 signatures and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has signed onto the campaign as a supporter.
Funds from the Pollination Project will go toward a documentary Jaha is making, as well as educational materials and travel costs. For more information on Jaha and the Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation, visit the website and Twitter page.
GRANT AWARD DATE: June 24, 2014