About NAFGEM Tanzania
In 1998, a small group of women human rights activists united to discuss the broad issue of FGM in Tanzania. The product of this meeting was the establishment of the Network Against Female Genital Mutilation (NAFGEM). The group was officially recognized as a non-governmental organization in 1999 by the government of Tanzania. Since then, NAFGEM has been committed to ending FGM, child marriages, early pregnancy, and gender-based violence. Our main activities include increasing community awareness through seminars, trainings, workshops and awareness campaigns.
When NAFGEM began interventions in Kilimanjaro in 1998, the FGM prevalence rate was 35%. The trend has shown a continuous reduction from 25% in 2005 to 21.7% in 2010, according to the Tanzania Demographic Health Survey Report. Although the initial prevalence rate of FGM in the Manyara region was staggeringly high at 81% in 2007, after NAFGEM’s interventions, the rate has decreased to 70.8% in 2010, showing some achievements towards elimination of the practice. Today, NAFGEM continues to explore other avenues of prevention such as women’s economic empowerment projects and supporting girls’ education.