Coordinated community action against FGM

Kenya
In five rural areas of Kuria we’re running an ambitious project to dramatically reduce female genital mutilation (FGM), in partnership with Education Center for Advancement of Women and Orchid Project.

We’re encouraging communities to abandon FGM, by raising awareness and promoting alternatives. This project builds on our previous work in Kuria. It will directly benefit 240 girls but will help many more. 

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Woman and child from Kuria, Kenya.

Coordinated community action

In Kuria, 96% of adolescent girls undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). Our previous project in Kuria led to the first local prosecutions for FGM.

“My Grandmother called a circumciser to cut me. I had to plead for my father to protect me. He has vowed never to subject me to FGM because he has learned the side effects.”

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FGM in Kenya

In 2011 we launched a research paper at the House of Commons on FGM practices. Working with our partner, Orchid, we hope to spread awareness in Kenya and the UK and encourage alternative practices. You can download the paper from the publications section of the website.

What activities does the project undertake to combat FGM/C?

Media advocacy

ECAW publicises activities that help create awareness and raise concerns on FGM/C and early marriage to lobby support from government and well-wishers. They share positive stories of women who have not been cut and those who have experienced difficulties in order to discourage the practice.

 

 

According to the WHO more than 125 million girls and women across 29 countries, alive today, have been cut.

Partnership with Church of Scotland Guild

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected by the Church of Scotland Guild to be one of the Partnership Projects for 2015- 2018. In line with the Guild’s strategy for the three years, ‘Be Bold, Be Strong!’ we will work together in the fight to help combat FGM.

For more information click here.

ECAW visit FTM HQ in London

“Once girls are cut, they drop out of school, get married and have children. Their education is ended. I wish to help, because I’ve been through it and I know what it means…”

In July 2016 we were delighted to host Christine from ECAW. You can read about the drinks reception we hosted here.

International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

Here, you can read a fascinating interview with our colleague Cess. She works on the ground in Kenya and is an expert in the problems rurual communities can face when doing their best to bring about an end to FGM. We spoke to her to especially mark the UN’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM.

What do we mean when we say "zero tolerance to FGM"?

Zero tolerance can mean different things to different people. But what we know at Feed the Minds is that, when approaching the matter of FGM, one needs to take a community-wide, patient, educational approach. We explore what we mean when we say “zero tolerance” here.