Safe Hands for Girls was founded in 2013 by Jaha Dukureh to help bring an end to female genital mutilation (FGM) and other forms of gender-based violence globally. Through programs in The Gambia and Georgia, the organization provides support to survivors of FGM, mobilizes young people as leaders in the campaign to end FGM, and advocates at the national level for laws, policies, and plans of action to end FGM. Safe Hands for Girls is a leader in the global campaign to end FGM.
A 2021 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported the Breaking Barriers program, which is an after-school program in Atlanta that serves girls who have experienced FGM and child marriage. It provides a safe space where girls are free to talk about their traumas. The grant also supported the organization’s Gambia program, which includes a community gardening initiative for women who have stopped cutting. The grant supported the gardening initiative and helped purchase seeds.
A 2016 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported a fact-finding mission to Sierra Leone as part of the organization’s efforts to bring an end to female genital mutilation in parts of Africa.