Supporting our local midwife in her quest to end Female Genital Multilation


Cath Holland is a midwife living in Grange-over-Sands and through her work in this country has observed the adverse consequences of female genital mutilation on women during childbirth. She has visited an area in north west Kenya where this practice is carried out routinely and by communicating with young girls has found that their links with the international community through educational opportunities has lead them to question their traditional beliefs and practices. FGM is associated with traditional “rites of passage” ceremonies with gifts, and to help girls resist this mutilation and alter attitudes in their communities, an “alternative rite of passage” ceremony has been devised which does not involve cutting. Instead of the traditional gifts a woven embroidered bracelet is given to each girl. Cath has been greatly involved with these ceremonies in one of these villages and to assist her in her work, and to show support and solidarity with these girls, members of SI Grange-over-Sands together with members of Morecambe and Lancaster clubs learned how to make these bracelets. Member Chris Butler has made thousands of bracelets since 2012.

FGM is performed illegally in the UK and continues and only one prosecution have ever been successful.




Girls in Kenya with their bracelets

Girls in Kenya with their bracelets



The bracelet makers presenting bracelets to Cath


Chris with another 400 bracelets March 2015!