Rhobi Samwelly has been a fearless campaigner against FGM since she almost bled to death from the practice aged 13. Over the years, Rhobi and her team have won awards, recognition and have been asked to participate in special events, as a result of their tireless work to protect girls from GBV and end FGM in Tanzania.
Marianne Human Rights Defender Award
In January 2022, Rhobi found out that she has been awarded a Human Rights Defender Award, and was selected with 15 other advocates, by President Macron.
Anti-GBV Battle Award
In December 2021, Hope for Girls and Women was awarded the Anti Gender Based Violence (GBV) Award. This was issued by UNFPA, UN Women, the European Union and several Tanzania-based embassies.
Launch of Anti-FGM Strategy
In November, members of the Hope for Girls and Women team attended the launch of the 2020/21 - 2024/25 National Anti-FGM Strategy.
Rhobi speaking at the United Nations
In 2018, Rhobi spoke about her work and Hope for Girls and Women at the United Nations.
In the Name of your Daughter
Rhobi’s work was featured in the award winning film, In the Name of Your Daughter, which was directed by Giselle Portenier. The film continues to gather interest and is a helpful information source for those wishing to understand the impact and challenges of FGM in Tanzania. Click here to watch the trailer in HD.