The Church of Scotland Guild
Feed the Minds and The Church of Scotland Guild Partnership
Feed the Minds is delighted to announce that we have been chosen as one of the Church of Scotland Guild Partnership Projects for 2015- 2018. In line with this year’s theme ‘Be Bold, Be Strong’ the partnership will support our work with our partner ECAW against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the Kuria district of Kenya.
Feed the Minds is committed to breaking the cycle of FGM – the total or partial removal of female genitalia for non-medical reasons – so that girls can stay in school and reach their potential. We want these girls to ‘Be Bold and Be Strong’ without having their youth and education taken away from them.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) more than 125 million girls and women across 29 countries, alive today, have been cut – including in Scotland. The practice is carried out to mark womanhood in girls as young as 12. This usually results in them getting married, having babies and dropping out of school.
In the Kuria district of Kenya, where Feed the Minds works, the practice occurs because of complex cultural and social reasons which make it hard to combat. Nevertheless, we are committed to promoting a culture of change in order to ensure every girl has a future and this harmful act is stopped. We do this by engaging the whole community in awareness raising and positive activities.
This partnership with the Guild means that our work will be in the thoughts and prayers of our Scottish supporters in the years to come and this support will ensure our work continues as long as possible.
Our project seeks to encourage the community as a whole to create public declarations that show they are committed to ending FGM. Guilds from all across Scotland have shown their support by signing their own Guild’s Declaration. This gallery is a collection of the public declarations made by Guilds so far. Can you spot your Guild? To view the gallery, either click on the picture below or visit our Facebook page.
If you are a member of the Guild and would like to request a speaker, download the booking form or call our office on 020 3752 5800. We have a network of volunteer speakers, all of whom are knowledgeable about the topic and passionate about the project. Our speakers are based all across Scotland so you are bound to have someone local to your Guild. If your Guild is quite remote, please still get in touch and we will try our best to arrange for a speaker
Guild talks booked so far
Resources for your Guild
FGM and our project in the news
What do we mean when we say “zero-tolerance” to FGM? – A blog that summarises Feed the Minds’ approach to FGM abandonment – 6 February 2017
International Day for Zero Tolerance For FGM 2017 – An interview with Cess Wangui Mago (Project Manager, Breaking the Cycle of FGM) – 6 February 2017
Open Letter of Thanks to the Guild – Published in December 2016, during “cutting season” in Kuria, this is a letter of thanks addressed to the Guild from Cess Wangui Mago.
Kirk launches project to help fight against FGM – The Scotsman – 10 October 2015
Time and Patience is Needed in the Battle to End FGM – But We Will Win – Christine Alfons for the Huffington Post – 16 October 2015
Interview: Christine Alfons, FGM campaigner – Church Times – 30 October 2015
Kenyan Clan Elders Are Profiting Off Female Genital Mutilation – The Huffington Post – 12 December 2016
FGM in Kenya: ‘Girls are being paraded openly in the streets’ – The Guardian – 23 December 2016
End FGM Guardian Global Media Campaign – frequently updated page on The Guardian website dedicated to raising awareness and ending FGM. It provides lots of interesting articles and videos from around the world.