In rural Tanzania, between 30% and 60% of girls and women aged 15-49 still go through FGM

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) also referred to as Female Genital Cutting (FGC), was criminalised in Tanzania in 1998 on those under the age of 18. The illegal practice can lead to complex infections, infertility and in some cases girls have bled to death.  

FGM often takes place in secret without the consent of the individual. It’s considered a traditional ‘rite of passage’ into adulthood and secures a higher dowry for the parents of girls who have undergone the procedure. 

To get help to girls and women who are at risk, FGM activists and the police need better maps

Notifications of FGM taking place often only reaches rescue teams with hours to spare, at night, so the team has to react quickly. Crowd2map volunteers are based all over the world.  Remote mappers add roads and buildings from satellite images and those on the ground in Tanzania continue the process with their local knowledge, but more help is always needed.  

Crowd2Map founder, Janet Chapman, recently collaborated with Nodes and Ways to record a podcast exploring why our work is so important in helping to end FGM.