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Guardian campaigner meets White House officials in bid to end FGM
The woman who is the face of the Guardian US's campaign to end female genital mutilation met White House officials on Thursday in the first high-level meeting aimed at bringing an end to the practice in the United States.
Jaha Dukureh, a 24-year-old mother of three from Atlanta, launched a campaign with the Guardian and the NGO Equality Now in May to highlight the issue and call for action from the government, including a study into the prevelance of FGM in the US.
Gambian-born Dukureh, who set up her own NGO, Safe Hands for Girls, to help FGM survivors like herself, told experts from across the government that FGM was not simply a brutal practice that happened in African countries but was happening on US soil and to US citizens, often during vacations back to their parents' home countries.
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