Women of Worth - Each year, LOreal Paris recognizes 10 women who have dedicated their lives to serving their communities.

CONOCE A Jaha Dukureh

"As a Women of Worth, we can facilitate more programs to help raise awareness about the devastating practice of female genital mutilation."


About Jaha Dukureh

A survivor of female genital mutilation (FGM), Jaha Dukureh founded Safe Hands for Girls to empower and educate young women and communities about the dangers and effects of FGM. She also began the first youth-led movement against FGM in The Gambia. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 504,000 girls in the United States are at risk of experiencing FGM, a cultural practice still enforced by many African immigrants. Through her work, Jaha has directly saved more than 100 girls from this harmful practice, and has been instrumental in the creation of the Girls’ Protection Act of 2010, which criminalizes the transport of U.S. girls abroad for FGM. Her 2014 Change.org petition collected more than 220,000 signatures, resulting in the Obama administration directing the CDC to investigate FGM’s prevalence in the United States. Jaha intends to continue her work until FGM is completely eliminated – a goal she would like to reach within a decade.

About Safe Hands for Girls

Safe Hands for Girls creates awareness about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and its harmful effects; helps fight to eliminate it; and provides support to survivors of the practice.

Other 2015 nominees

  • Melaney Smith

    "Thanks to Women of Worth, we’ll be able to expand our reach and keep even more children reading during the summer break."

  • SuEllen Fried

    "Being a Women of Worth enables us to commit additional resources towards the process of reforming inmates through a weekly intensive curriculum."

  • Teri Kelsall

    "Thanks to Women of Worth, veterans with an entrepreneurial spirit will be able to realize their dreams and embark on a new, fulfilling journey."

Women of Worth



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