I met Jaha Dukureh for the first time last year and was immediately drawn in by her calm compassion and strength.
An anti-female genital mutilation advocate, Jaha has spent years using her voice to speak up for those who are silenced. She tirelessly challenges countries whose laws do not protect young girls and women from genital mutilation, demanding change.
It’s reported that globally, at least 200 million girls and women alive today, have undergone some form of female genital mutilation. The practise is reportedly in decline, yet the figures are still staggering, with current projections suggesting 63 million more girls could be cut by 2050.
Jaha is CEO and Founder of Safe Hands for Girls – an organisation focused on protecting young girls and women from the practise of Female Genital Mutilation in all its forms and working to provide support to victims and survivors of FGM in the United States and abroad. She is the first ever Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa at UN Women, and as of last week, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee!
Jaha is a force to be reckoned with and I can’t think of a more deserving nominee – it is so inspiring to see more and more brilliant, change-maker women leading the way and demanding change.
I am bursting with pride for you Jaha, congratulations.