Jaha Dukureh is a Gambian women’s rights activist and anti-female genital mutilation campaigner. Dukureh became the first UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for Africa.
Dukureh was subjected to female genital mutilation in The Gambia when she was a little more than a week old. She is the founder and executive director of Safe Hands for Girls, an organization working to end FGM, and was the lead campaigner in The Guardian’s End FGM Guardian Global Media Campaign.
In April 2016, she was named to the 2016 Time 100 list. Dukureh was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in February of 2018 by Norwegian Politician Jette F. Christensen.
A feature film about Jaha’s life called Jaha’s Promise was released by Accidental Pictures and The Guardian; a TV version of the film has already been shown in more than 10 countries will also be shown in FGM-practising countries, distributed by First-Hand Films.
We are proud of her achievement and we name her Most Influential 100 Class of 2018 Humanitarian and Religious category.