CPH:DOX highlights the FGM issue through ‘Jaha’s Promise’ documentary

People gathering in front of Grand Teatret, Copenhagen, waiting for the premiere of ‘Jaha’s Promise’ to start. (Photo: Sandra Tamasan)

 

by Sandra Tamasan

The second day of the Documentary Film Festival CPH:DOX comes with a political film that brings to public’s attention the issues of female genital mutilation and forced marriage. Jaha’s Promise is a 2017 co-production of United States, United Kindom and Gambia. The documentary shows Jaha Dukureh’s struggle to confront old traditions that violate human rights.

Female genital mutilation or Cutting is a practice that is still done in 30 countries today. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) together with UNICEF are leading the largest programme to accelerate the abandonment of FGM/C.

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“At UNFPA we appreciate that the subject of FGM will be highlighted during CPH:DOX,” says Pernille Fenger, Chief of UNFPA Nordic Office. “We find that sharing stories and information about FGM builds support for the works we do to end this harmful practice.”

Jaha Dukureh, the protagonist of the documentary film ‘Jaha’s Promise’ (Photo: Sandra Tamasan)