Students will work with members of Crowd2Map Tanzania and Hope for Girls and Women Tanzania to improve the map of rural Tanzania so that girls can be better protected from FGM (Female Genital Mutilation).
What is considered by many to be a rite of passage tied to marriage and other important cultural practices can lead to urinary infections, birth complications, and sometimes even death for young women in rural Tanzania. While some girls undergo the illegal practice willingly, many who learn of the major health risks attempt to escape the practice in safe houses. However, the work of FGM activists and the police is severely hampered by the lack of maps of much of rural Tanzania as outlined here.
Through this project, we will help to map rural Tanzania into OpenStreetMap, an open platform like Wikipedia, via specific tasks created on the HOTOSM Tasking Manager. We will also work with FGM survivors and activists like Rhobi Samwelly and her organization Hope to spread the word about the dangers of FGM and how mapping can help protect girls at risk in rural Africa.
|Length of commitment||Anytime|
|Level of collaboration||Individual student project|
|Who is eligible||Everyone|
|Support||Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.|
Founder of Map2EndFGM; Campaign Manager
Tanzania Development Trust
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