Jaha Dukureh, Regional UN Women Ambassador for Africa, is a survivor of female genital mutilation (FGM) and was forced into child marriage at age 15. Recently, she participated at the “North Africa Sub-Regional Dialogue on Child Marriage and FGM/C”, organized by UN Women Regional Office for Arab States and North Africa in November 2018. The dialogue targeted faith-based leaders and youth and its recommendations—consolidated with those of the regional offices in East and Southern Africa and West and Central Africa targeting traditional leaders—will be jointly presented by UN Women at the High-Level Meeting of Traditional Leaders during the African Union Heads of State Summit in January 2019. Globally, of the over 200 million girls and women who have undergone FGM, and the 650 million child brides alive today, many are migrants and refugees. In this interview, Ms. Dukureh speaks to UN Women about how best to address the particular vulnerabilities faced by migrant women and girls.
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