Since its establishment in 1998, NAFGEM has been engaging communities and other stakeholders in Kilimanjaro and Manyara regions to contribute in the elimination of the FGM practice.
NAFGEM has organized meetings, workshops and trainings for various social groups including traditional leaders, religious leaders, government leaders, women groups, men groups, youths, teachers, school children, police, traditional birth attendants, health workers and the circumcisers. These sessions have created awareness for many on the practice and its effects and have challenged them to quit and support NAFGEM’s initiatives.
Working with and for the community enabled NAFGEM to attain a number of achievements. The organization has won community trust and acceptance in the areas of operation. About 200 women, who identified themselves as female circumcisers, surrendered the tools and confirmed in public that they will no longer perform the procedure. With girls in primary schools, children camps were conducted in Rombo, Same, Hai and Simanjiro districts involving 800 pupils. In the camps, the girls had the opportunity to learn and exchange information and ideas on FGM and strategies to prevent themselves from being subjected to the practice. NAFGEM has participated in a rare Maasai traditional gathering and was opportune to convince the decision makers to give order against the FGM practice to their clan members.
Special programs such as the Maasai anti-FGM, Village Animators and Children Camps brought an enormous change in the targeted communities. The activities in the programs sparked community dialogue on such a tradition with intention to quit the practice deeply rooted in their customs.
NAFGEM enjoys the collaboration with local, regional and national institutions trying to eliminate FGM and other forms of GBV. The organization is a partner of the Commission for Human Rights And Good Governance (CHRAGG) and the National Coalition Against FGM. Surgical and legal referral services are also extended to partners working hand in hand in fighting against the practice.
When NAFGEM started its interventions in Kilimanjaro 1998, the FGM prevalence rate was 35%. The trend has shown reduction to 25% in 2004/2005 according to the Tanzania Demographic Health Survey Report (TDHR) and in 2010 the rate is at 21.7%. In Manyara region when NAFGEM launched anti-FGM interventions in 2007, the prevalence rate of FGM was 81%. In 2010 the prevalence rate is 70.8%; showing some achievements towards total elimination of the practice.