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Genital Mutilation: Gambian Woman Jaha Dukureh Becomes UN Women Ambassador

The Gambian Jaha Dukureh officially became an UN Women Ambassador this February 6th, the day of the celebration of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The announcement was made by UN Women through a statement where the organization recognizes the militancy and bravery of Jaha Dukureh of The Gambia. She becomes an ambassador of regional goodwill.

She will have to focus on supporting UN Women in its efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage in Africa, with a focus on youth mobilization.

At the age of 15, Jaja was forced to marry and her opposition to this practice led her to become the CEO and founder of the NGO “Safe Hands for Girls”. good hands).

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“Ms. Dukureh also played an important role in recommending to the administration of President Obama to investigate the prevalence of FGM in the United States, as well as at the Summit to end FGM that subsequently took place there. December 2, 2016, at the United States Institute of Peace, “continues the statement from UN Women.

It should be noted that UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassadors are personalities from the world of arts, sciences, literature, sports and other areas of public life who have expressed their willingness to stand up for the causes of violence. the UN organization.

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women or UN Women is an agency of the United Nations. It works with governments and civil society to design the laws, policies, programs and services needed to ensure their effective implementation so that women benefit everywhere in the world.

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