The cutting of female genitalia for cultural or religious reasons:
Type 1: partial or total removal of the clitoris
Type 2: as Type 1 with additional removal of the labia minora and often the labia majora
Type 3: re-arrangement of the genitals to narrow the vaginal opening
Type 4: all other procedures (pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterizing)
Girls are rounded up during the
when they are on school holidays
Less than 50%
FGM Prevalence in Tanzanian Women and Girls 2016
Local FGM survivor and Hope
Director Rhobi Samwelly
Hope for Girls and Women supports:
• Local Activists
• Safe Houses
What we do:
• Run 2 Safe Houses
• Community Outreach
• Set up anti-FGM school clubs
• Film Screenings
• Map the villages where girls are at risk
• Set up Digital Champions there to monitor and protect girls
• Re-educate cutters
• Help in prosecutions for FGM, rape and GBV.
Slack channel is good for
generating a community, and
for volunteers to ask
questions and get instant
feedback on their 1st
mapping attempts etc.
When you achieve 100% you get a badge.
Currently we have a quizzes for buildings, and roads, with more to come.
We have set up Youthmapper groups at 8
universities across Tanzania
MAPPING ON MAPS.ME
We train field mappers
in rural Tanzania to add
their local knowledge to
the map using
Maps.Me, a free
smartphone app that
And trained the police
and activists to use the
maps to quickly find and
protect girls at risk.
And also add missing
places to the map.
In 2019, with funding from
trained 87 Digital
Champions, first time
smartphone users to map
their villages and report
Gender Based Violence
Here they see a printed
map of their village for the
This is an ongoing project
that we want to expand to
The Digital Champions report Gender
Based Violence to the District Social
Welfare Officers using ODK.
ODK is a free opensource app that
They are also using it to follow up
girls who have returned from the Safe
Houses after the cutting season.
After initial funding stopped in
2019 we continued training via
Digital Champions are now
involved in research on FGM risk
with Nottingham University.