The Church of Scotland Guild

Feed the Minds and The Church of Scotland Guild Partnership

Our partnership

Feed the Minds was chosen as one of the Church of Scotland Guild Partnership Projects for 2015- 2018. In line with their theme ‘Be Bold, Be Strong’ the partnership supported 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. The Guild helped to ensure the girls we worked with in Kenya didn’t have their youth and education taken away from them.KNIFE 5

FGM

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.

View our gallery of Guilds

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 during the partnership. Can you spot your Guild? To view the gallery, click on the picture below.

collage1

Guild talks booked

Resources for your Guild

Project Update – October 2015

Project Update – February 2016

Project Update – April 2016

Project Update – September 2016

Project Update – January 2017

Project Update – April 2017

Feed the Minds leaflet

Feed the Minds bible study and reflection

Feed the Minds Q and A

Role Play Activity – FGM in the community

Role Play Activity – Conversation between boy and girl

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 MutilationThe 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.