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FGM Free Generation Project

FGM Free Generation Project (KIZAZI BILA UKEKETAJI) is the community based project funded by Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) that works to address sexual and reproductive health for women and girls through elimination of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) practices in Dodoma region, Tanzania. The project focuses on integrating health and economic initiatives through facilitating and encouraging female genital cutters/Ngaribas to reverse their attention from the economic rewards of the harmful FGM/C practices to alternative and harmless Income Generating Activities (IGAs) opportunities around their community. At the same time, collaboration with Local Government Authorities (LGAs) is strengthened and prioritized to ensure linkage of Ngaribas (female genital cutters) with existing financial platforms/services/institutions including the Village Community Bank, private financial institutions and governmental grants specifically allocated for community women, to get financial support in order to sustain their own businesses through loans and empower them economically.

The project works with a number of stakeholders including but not limited to Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDEC), Local Government Authorities, Community Health Workers, Female Genital Cutters (Ngaribas), traditional, faith-based/religious leaders to ensure FGM becomes a history in Dodoma region.