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.

We’re continually working on raising awareness locally and globally, whilst also raising funds for our safe houses which lack basic essentials.
Our Butiama safe house in Kiabakari village lacks tap water.

Hope’s safe houses feature in the film, Defying the Cutting Season, which has received a 2020 One World Media Award

Produced and directed by Giselle Portenier, Defying the Cutting Season, previously titled In the Name of Your Daughter, is a powerful film exploring the risks taken and the determination of girls escaping and being rescued from imminent FGM in Northern Tanzania. Rhobi Samwelly plays a key role in the film, along with a number of the girls, and the audience is taken on a journey in which it is difficult not to experience a range of emotions.

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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