On the 3rd of July, we headed back to The Genesis to host an exclusive screening of Jaha’s Promise. It’s a fearless documentary following one woman’s mission to fight the pervasive tradition of FGM in The Gambia. The film’s subject is harrowing, but the determination of Jaha Duhurek (now UN Women Goodwill Ambasaddor for Africa) is uplifting and infectious. In a time where uncertainty feels rife, she is a very necessary reminder of the power of people to drive change.
After the film, we were joined by Janet Fyle MBE, who is a trained nurse and midwife from Sierra Leone, a prominent anti-FGM campaigner, and a Policy Advisor at The Royal College of Midwives. In conversation with Rachel Smethers, Janet shared the incredible work of anti-FGM campaigners around the world to shift the narrative around FGM. The discussion focused on the importance of keeping survivors of FGM at the centre of the international conversation, and to ensure the safeguards are in place to protect at-risk girls in the UK. The evening ended with a short clip from Jaha, thanking everyone for attending and for sharing her story as it spreads around the world.
All proceeds from the event were donated to Safe Hands For Girls, the charity which Jaha founded to eradicate FGM. We are hoping to host another screening of Jaha’s Promise soon (for those whose loyalties were torn with the World Cup), so keep your eyes on our events listing!