FGM stands for Female Genital Mutilation, this is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. The 1998 Tanzanian Special Provision Act prohibits FGM. However, this does not prevent it from still happening. Many girls at risk of FGM in Tanzania are in unmapped rural villages making them hard to find and protect. Janet, founder of Crowd2Map has been working hard with activists such as Hope for Girls and Women Tanzania to put these villages on the map.
Raising awareness and education is key for stopping FGM around the world. Through partnering with TIL+, Crowd2map is now able to interpret messy and complex data and quickly get insights looking specifically at women’s view and experiences of FGM to show the ongoing reality of FGM in Tanzania.