Jaha Dukureh

Activist Type
Children's Rights, Human Rights, Women's Rights

Jaha Dukureh, a survivor of female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced child marriage, is a prominent advocate for women’s and children’s rights in Africa. Through her NGO “Safe Hands for Girls,” she supports those affected by FGM and raises awareness about its lifelong impacts. Her efforts prompted President Obama’s administration to investigate FGM in the United States, resulting in the Summit to End FGM. Dukureh’s advocacy and mobilization in Gambia led to the government’s ban on FGM. Recognized as the Regional UN Women Ambassador for Africa, she has been listed among Time Magazine’s most influential people and nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, solidifying her status as a leader in the fight for human rights

Artwork by
Jess Brett

This portrait centers on Jaha Dukereh’s efforts in using her experience and voice as a survivor to end FGM and child marriage in Africa. The connecting hands represent Jaha’s NGO, “Safe Hands for Girls,” which provides support to African women and girls who are survivors of FGM and addresses its lifelong harmful physical and psychological consequences.

Gambia

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Population
2.64 million
Capital
Banjul
GDP (PPP)
$1,664
Founded
February 18, 1965
Total Area
10,689 km2 (
Demonym
Gambian
Government
Unitary presidential republic
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