At the age of 15, Jaha Dukureh was sent away from her home country of The Gambia to New York City for an arranged marriage to a man in his 40s. It was then that she learned that she had undergone the most extreme type of FGM as a baby.
She vowed to do what she could to bring an end to the practice that affects 2 million girls and women each year. Her efforts led to FGM being banned in her home country and she is now celebrated globally for her humanitarian efforts.
Jaha is the regional UN Women Ambassador for Africa, the founder of Safe Hands for Girls, and this year, she was appointed as the new international activist ambassador for L’Oréal Paris.
Listen to her inspiring story!
Vimbai E. is a writer, journalist, ghostwriter and the founder of The Weight She Carries. With hundreds of articles publishing online, in print and for broadcast, her love of language and storytelling shines through every piece of writing that bears her name.