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The World Heath Organization defines Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as "procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons."
FGM has NO health benefits and often leads to long-term medical complications. In the Mara Region of Tanzania, 32% of girls and women between ages 15-49 have been subjected to FGM, despite the fact that it is illegal to perform FGM on minors in Tanzania.
Hope for Girls & Women Tanzania
Hope for Girls & Women Tanzania (HGWT) is an organization that advocates to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and other harmful practices affecting women and children in Tanzania including but not limited to intimate partner violence, child marriage and other forms of violence. HGWT works to promote and protect the rights of girls and women by providing education to girls and the community at large, strengthening social cohesion, promoting positive social change and increasing the capacity of women and girls to live free of violence through increased access to protection facilities and skills development.
The history of HGWT is the history of its founder, Rhobi Samwelly. At age 11, Rhobi lost a close friend to FGM. When Rhobi’s parents began to organize her cutting ceremony at age 13, she strongly resisted. She abandoned a plan to run away when she realized she had nowhere to go. With no options, she underwent the ceremony during which she lost so much blood that her mother thought she was dying. These memories inspired Rhobi's commitment to save other girls from a similar fate. Her passion propelled her to become an anti-FGM activist and to establish HGWT.
For more information: Hope for Girls & Women
FAWCO 2019-2022 Target Project S.A.F.E.
Our goal is to provide Safe Alternatives for Female Genital Mutilation Elimination. The funds we raise will be used to help protect girls from FGM and foster positive social changes within the FGM practicing communities in the Mara Region. This will include funding safe houses, providing healthcare and counseling to survivors and at-risk girls, and continuing the education and vocational training of young women.
For more information: FAWCO Target Project: S.A.F.E.
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