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Update: Jaha Dukureh was recently named one of Time's 100 most influential people for 2016. Refinery29 spoke with the anti-FGM activist in December to learn more about her experience as a survivor and efforts to stop the practice.
This story was originally published December 16, 2015.
Jaha Dukureh knows what it’s like to be "cut," which is how she refers to the ritual of female genital mutilation. She knows because it happened to her — twice.
The practice, often abbreviated as FGM, has affected some 100 to 140 million girls and women worldwide, and is most prevalent in Africa and the Middle East. But it also happens here in the U.S. As part of the gruesome tradition, some or most of the female genitals are removed — including the labia and clitoris — and the vagina may be partially sewn up....
We are ALL beautiful in our own cultural ways. From face tattoos to long necks, see how the standards of beauty change from one country to the next. We influence each other a little bit taken from here and changed for this. Which is what infusionofstyles is all about using the natural resources of the land for beauty treatments. Used since the beginning of time. Past down the generations.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and you don’t have to look too far to realize that’s true. We’ve all done some things in the name of beauty (eyelash extensions, Brazilian waxes and using tanning beds, to name a few) that probably seem crazy to
people in different cultures who define beauty much differently.
Here in the U.S., we may value long, flowy hair, bronzed skin and a face free of wrinkles, but in other parts of the world, pale complexions, visible scars and shaved heads are enviable traits. Here, we explore ten very different qualities that are considered beautiful around the globe. Find o...
The Bonda people are a tribal people who currently live in the hills of Odisha’s Malkangiri district in India. There are two different Bonda tribes: the Upper Bondas with a population of 6,700 who are the most isolated from mainstream Indian society, and the Lower Bonda with a population of 17,000. Upper Bondas have almost no connection to the outside world. Dambaru Sisha took the oath of office to become the first MLA to the Bonda tribe, to which he traces his ancestry. Sisha attempts to protect the traditions and culture of the people while providing them with educational opportunities. Only 6% of Bondas are literate. The life expectancy of the tribe is so low they are nearly extinct.
The unfree labour or Goti system in India is known as Gufam by the Bonda people. According to Pati, a male bonded labour is called Gufam-Rem whereas a female laborer is a Gufam-Boy. Bonda people are often led to bonded labour through m...