How mapping can help protect girls from Female Genital Mutilation

ICT Consultant at Crowd2Map Tanzania
Nov. 16, 2020

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How mapping can help protect girls from Female Genital Mutilation

  1. Fighting Female Genital Mutilation with Maps
  2. FGM 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)
  3. Girls are rounded up during the ‘Cutting Season’ when they are on school holidays 70% + 50% + Less than 50% FGM Prevalence in Tanzanian Women and Girls 2016
  4. Local FGM survivor and Hope Director Rhobi Samwelly Hope for Girls and Women supports: • Local Activists • Outreach work • Safe Houses
  5. 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.
  6. This is rural Tanzania: This is Dar es Salaam:
  7. Activists in rural Tanzania need MAPS!
  8. We are making them!
  9. Slack channel is good for generating a community, and for volunteers to ask questions and get instant feedback on their 1st mapping attempts etc. Join here
  10. When you achieve 100% you get a badge. Currently we have a quizzes for buildings, and roads, with more to come.
  11. We have set up Youthmapper groups at 8 universities across Tanzania
  12. 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 works offline.
  13. 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.
  14. In 2019, with funding from WomenConnect we trained 87 Digital Champions, first time smartphone users to map their villages and report Gender Based Violence using ODK. Here they see a printed map of their village for the first time. This is an ongoing project that we want to expand to other districts.
  15. The Digital Champions report Gender Based Violence to the District Social Welfare Officers using ODK. ODK is a free opensource app that works offline. They are also using it to follow up girls who have returned from the Safe Houses after the cutting season.
  16. After initial funding stopped in 2019 we continued training via WhatsApp. Digital Champions are now involved in research on FGM risk with Nottingham University.
  17. Hope now collects all data on ODK to allow easy data analysis
  18. I was invited to speak at the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2018, and also organise a mapathon at UNFPA.
  19. pdf/unfpa_pub_2020_en_state_of_world_population_ 0.pdf
  20. pdf/unfpa_pub_2020_en_state_of_world_population_0.pdf
  21. Please join us and help map to help protect girls from FGM! Janet Chapman Rhobi Samwelly @Crowd2Map @HopeForGirlsTZ

Editor's Notes

  1. In Tz mostly type 1 or 2
  2. Remote mapping via tasking manager
  3. 17
  4. Training 1st time smartphone users