Hope provides 2 safe houses in Tanzania for girls who are escaping Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Girls often arrive late at night and with just the clothes they have run away in. We provide them with safety, education and hope.

According to the United Nations, in the Mara region of Tanzania, 32% of women aged between 15 and 49 report having undergone FGM.

Hope for Girls and Women was founded by the Tanzanian activist Rhobi Samwelly in 2017. Rhobi’s personal experience of being forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) as a child inspired her lifelong commitment to fight for the rights of girls and women. Our organisation runs two safe houses in the Butiama and Serengeti Districts of the Mara Region of Tanzania, which shelter and support those fleeing FGM, child marriage, and other forms of gender based violence. Read more here.

Find out more about our important work to provide Alternative Rites of Passage ceremonies here.

We’re continually working on raising awareness locally and globally, whilst also raising funds for our safe houses which lack basic essentials.

In June 2020, the film has received the Feature Documentary Award from One World Media. Find out here how you can hold a local film screening of Defying the Cutting Season.


The WHO defines FGM as all “procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.”


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