Crowdsourced Mapping to Prevent FGM in Tanzania

by Tanzania Development Trust
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Crowdsourced Mapping to Prevent FGM in Tanzania
Crowdsourced Mapping to Prevent FGM in Tanzania
Crowdsourced Mapping to Prevent FGM in Tanzania
Crowdsourced Mapping to Prevent FGM in Tanzania
Crowdsourced Mapping to Prevent FGM in Tanzania
Crowdsourced Mapping to Prevent FGM in Tanzania
Crowdsourced Mapping to Prevent FGM in Tanzania
Crowdsourced Mapping to Prevent FGM in Tanzania
Crowdsourced Mapping to Prevent FGM in Tanzania
Mbalibali village
Mbalibali village

We are working withHumanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOTOSM) who were awarded a grant from the USAID WomenConnect programme to train women to better use digital technology to map and empower their communities which we started implementing this week.

This involves visiting each of the 78 villages and holding a meeting with the committee members and showing them the map of their village that we had produced in OpenStreetMap.   This was the first time they had ever seen a map of their village and they found them fascinating. We then showed themMaps.Me so they could see their location, zoom in and out and compare the digital version with the paper one.

We also trained the committee how to use smartphones as most of them had never used one before. They were very impressed by what they can do and loved the content we had downloaded onto sd cards, including Swahili videos about agriculture, FGM and womens' rights.  We also showed them how to report incidents of gender based violence, GBV, using a form in OpenDataKit on the phone. As access to smartphones is so low in these communities, especially for women, we are leaving one phone per village to be used in the project.

Female Genital Mutilation and Gender Based Violence more widely are huge problems in Serengeti District, as in much of Tanzania, and are very under reported, particularly in these remote villages.

The Tanzanian government introduced a policy in 2006 that every village should have a protection committee to address this issue at a local level.  Unfortunately this laudable policy was not followed up by funds for dissemination and implementation. Serengeti District set up committees in every village in June 2018 but since that time they have had no funding to visit the villages to introduce the programme and train the committee on their responsibilities. So we are delighted to be working with them to ensure the committees in Serengeti are trained in their responsibilities and also have the digital tools for the first time to enable them to carry them out.

 

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Global mapathon

Last monthRhobi was invited to tell her story as an FGM survivor and activist at a high level panel as part of the United  Nations General Assembly in New York.  She spoke movingly about begging her parents not to cut her, as she feared dying and her body being thrown in the bush to be eaten by wild animals, as had happened to her friend Sabina.  But her pleas were in vain and she was cut and nearly bled to death.  She has since dedicated her life to saving other girls from a similar fate.

You can watch a recording of her testimony here.

The following day Rhobi participated in our mapathon at UNFPA where we explained how better maps can help activists like Rhobi quickly find girls at risk of FGM and showed people how they can help to create them.  There were side events in over 60 countries as part of this global FGM event, including at the Ministry of Women in Somalia, and with FGM activists in Kenya, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Uganda, Djibouti and many more.  Together they mapped over 49,000 buildings and almost 7000 km of roads to better protect girls at risk.

At UNFPA Tyler and Rebecca from HOT also explained how maps can be used for many humanitarian purposes.  You can see the presentation here. DoI0MZRU8AAfIJg

And then Rhobi came to London for the UK premiere of the film about her work, In the name of your daughter.  

We are having another global mapathon in November for OSMGeoWeek - please join us online if you can, or at the London event.  Further details here.

Many thanks, Janet

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Girls don't want to be sold for cows after FGM
Girls don't want to be sold for cows after FGM

Thanks to your generosity and the hard work of our thousands of volunteers Crowd2Map has a busy ahead.  

First we are working with  people from Heidelberg University to try and incorporate machine learning techniques to develop the map of Tanzania. 

We are also organising mapping and data collection training in many areas of Tanzania throughout August and starting with a session for the council in new area Babati, from funds kindly donated by Salesforce.

Then at the end of August we are running various workshops at the huge global FOSS4G/HOTOSM conference, where Neema the mapping leader and FGM activist from Mara will be delivering a keynote.

We are also launching a pilot FGM reporting system via Ushahidi with support from the UNFPA which we hope will save many girls in the major cutting season expected in December.

So thank you again for your generosity in supporting this project mapping Tanzania to help end FGM.

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learning a skill
Neema demonstrating mapping
Neema demonstrating mapping
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Open Data Training
Open Data Training

For Open Data on March 3rd we organised free 3 day training conference on how Open Data and Mapping using OpenStreetMap can aid development in Tanzania.  Over 90 people from across Tanzania attended the event at the Institute of Rural Development Planning in Mwanza, including community mapping groups from Kigoma, Kagera, Mara and other regions, students from IRDP Mwanza and Dodoma, as well as representatives from Tanzania Red CrossTanzania Wildlife ServiceUwezo and many other organisations.You can read more about it here.

We were delighted to attend the Data for Development Festival in Bristol in March where we spoke to many people about Crowd2Map, including members of the Tanzanian parliament, National Bureau of Statistics and Ministry of Lands.  We also met many people involved in machine learning for mapping, including someone from Gates Foundation who gave us the AI generated data for buildings in Tanzania which we hope will be extremely useful.

On May 10th and 11th we are participating in the Mozilla Global Sprint, which is held in over 60 cities around the world and online.  We are hoping to get many people involved in mapping, validating and improving our project.  There is more information here. 

In July we are talking about Crowd2Map at the State of the Map conference in Milan, and in August we are at the HOT Summit in Dar es Salaam.

Thank you again for your generosity that allows us to continue mapping Tanzania to help protect girls from FGM and to aid development.

Mwanza Training
Mwanza Training
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Learning how to use fieldpapers

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State of the Map logo

The first State of the Map Tanzania conference in December was a great success and had a huge impact on the mapping community in Tanzania.  177 people attended, travelling from all over Tanzania and 9 other countries for the 3 day conference.  The first day was mostly around the impact of mapping for Tanzania and the subsequent two days for practical workshops to develop mapping skills, led by mappers from Ramani Huria and Heidleberg University, Germany.  The conference was attended by government officials, NGOs, and health workers as well as community and youth mappers and was featured on two TV stations and the national newspaper. You can read more about it here.

Next Tuesday February 6th is International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM so we are attending an event to commemorate this at Canada House in London and have organised this online mapathon.  Anyone with an internet connection can take part so please tell your friends!

On Saturday March 3rd it is Open Data Day so we have organised an online event and a training event in Mwanza, Tanzania.

For any supporters in London, UK, we are talking about Crowd2Map at OpenStreetMap London on Wednesday 7th March details here, and it would be great to see you there! 

We now have this short film about Crowd2Map.

Many thanks for your support to get rural Tanzania on the map!

Janet

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