Jaha's Promise

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Jaha's Promise

Screening followed by debate :

Genital mutilations, the worst violence against women? The fight goes on, with :

  • Samia YOUSSOUF, responsable des activités du GAMS pour la Province de Liège
  • Chris PAULIS, Docteur en Anthropologie, ULiège

A young woman who was brutalized by her country’s customs returns home to confront and change the society that almost destroyed her. Jaha Dukureh was subject to female genital mutilation (FGM) as a baby, and when she was 15 she was taken to New York City to marry a middle-aged man she’d never met before. A decade later, having escaped the forced marriage, she returned to  Gambia and organized a campaign that resulted in FGM being banned. 

This film constructs Jaha's life story from her own vivid testimony and centers on her life’s see-saw narrative of setback and success. We view the women subjected to it as hapless victims of a brutal, backward, and ultimately inexplicable practice. But Jaha is not a victim and she doesn’t want our sympathy. She wants to hold power structures accountable both in the West and in Africa: she demands respect for the rights of girls no matter what society they live in. 

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Mercredi 21 mars 2018
Cité Miroir