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It is estimated that more than
200 million girls and women
alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in the countries where the practice is concentrated. Furthermore, there are an estimated
3 million girls at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation
. The majority of girls are cut before they turn
15 years old.
In The Gambia, the practice of FGM is generally carried out on infants and girls between the ages of 2 to 14 years. It is often performed by traditional practitioners commonly called circumcisers in The Gambia. The procedure is performed without anesthesia and using knives or razor blades.
Marriage before the age of 18 is a fundamental violation of human rights. Many factors interact to place a child at risk of marriage, including poverty, the perception that marriage will provide ‘protection’, family honor, social norms, customary or religious laws that condone the practice, an inadequate legislative framework and the state of a country’s civil registration system. While the practice is more common among girls than boys, it is a violation of rights regardless of sex.More Details
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Jaha Dukureh is a Gambian women's right activist and anti-female genital mutilation campaigner. Dukureh was subjected to female genital mutilation in The Gambia when she was a little more than a week old.
Renowned activist Jaha Dukureh was appointed Regional UN Women Ambassador for Africa in February 2018. ... Dukureh will dedicate her efforts to support UN Women’s advocacy to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage in Africa, with focus on mobilizing youth.
Lisa Camara is a survivor of FGM and an activist who serves as the national coordinator for the Safe Hands Office (The Gambia).
Mariama Kummeh is an assistant to the finance manager, undertaking a course in CAT (Certified Accounting Technician) at Management Development Institute (MDI, The Gambia)
Tida Njie serves as a finance manager for SHfG, she holds a BSc in Accountancy.
Modou Lamin Davies is a child right activist and a member of the He4She network, He serves as an advocacy officer for SHfG.
Mass Laye is a midwife with over 30 years of experience on the issues of FGM, He serves as the training and outreach officer.
Mohammed Dibbasey is an advocate and woman right activist who serves as a logistic officer, He holds a diploma in Information Technology and Computer Appreciation.
Awa Gai serves a programmes assistant for SHfG, she is a full-time student at the University of the Gambia pursuing an LLB degree.
Alasan Leigh serves as the official driver of Safe Hands for Girls with 25+ years of driving experience.
Mariama Gassama serves as the Housekeeper for the Safe Hands Gambia office.