FGM Survivor Jaha Dukureh Speaks Out and Takes Action!

CATW International

CATW is Safe Hands for Girls’ fiscal sponsor, so if you would like to contribute to Safe Hands for Girls, please click here and specify that your tax-deductible contribution is for Safe Hands for Girls.

CATW is also mobilizing people to help support Jaha Dukureh’s grassroots campaign to end FGM in the United States through her Change.org petition and organization, Safe Hands for Girls.  Jaha was featured inCosmopolitan magazine?s issue on FGM survivor stories and is part of the Guardian‘s anti-FGM campaign.

United States House Representative Joseph Crowley (D-NY) is working with Jaha calling on President Obama and the Department of Health and Human Services to commission an up-to-date report on the number of victims and girls at risk of FGM in the United States.

CATW is supporting legislation sponsored by New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Senator Andrew Lanza to amend the 1996 New York State law on FGM to include a “vacation provision.” This proposed law would find a person guilty of FGM if he or she removes a child from the state for purposes of FGM. Six U.S. states (Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Nevada and New Jersey) have already passed laws against FGM with “vacation provisions,” as well as the Federal Girls’ Protection Act 2010.  CATW is calling on our network of supporters to contact their New York State Assembly Members and State Senators to help pass the law.

Further Information and Embedded Links:

What is FGM?

UNICEF Statistical Overview & Exploration of FGM

Interagency Statement on Eliminating FGM

FGM in New York

FGM in the United States

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