History

Head offices of ATFGM Masanga

The Association for the Termination of Female Genital Mutilation (ATFGM) was established as an answer to the demand of some parents of the Kurya Community who did not want their daughters to be mutilated, and to some girls who also asked for protection to The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in Tanzania, as they did not want to undergo the forced Female Genital Mutilation. The Catholic Bishop of Diocese of Musoma, during his pastoral visitation at Rogoro parish in 2008, preached publicly against all forms of discrimination in Kurya society especially Female Genital Mutilation and child marriage, which affect development of girls and women.

He asked the Daughters of Charity working at Masanga – Tarime and the members of the community to form an organization that will help to educate the community, in order to promote respect of human dignity and human rights; so as to join hands with the government to bring positive changes. (ATFGM) is registered as a Non-Governmental Organization through the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children in Dar as Salaam, Tanzania ACT 2002 with Registration NO: 00NGO/00008052.