Government of Liberia Calls For Stronger Action to End FGM

Wednesday, 07 Feb, 2018

Girls who are not subjected to the practice tend to grow up to be healthier and have healthier children.

Obaseki made the call in Benin City on the occasion of the commemoration of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation marked on February 6, each year. The centre had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court that there was no official data or study by the National Crime Records Bureau which supported the existence of Female Genital Mutilation in India.

"Women don't just lose income, they also lose their standing in society", said Renate Staudenmeyer of human rights organization Terre des Femmes.

Kamau said women should be able to choose to undergo the practice.

On Tuesday they followed up with: "We're saddened that a few people have taken this post as an opportunity to respond by posting Islamaphobic [sic] abuse". Thus, we can not afford our women and children to be subjected to this risky, life threatening, inhuman, degrading and shameful FGM practice in this country any longer.

"Around the world, momentum to eliminate female genital mutilation is building".

These efforts must emphasize societal dialogue and empowerment of communities to address the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences.

"FGM is considered as gender-based violence and a criminal act in Canada and I think it's important to inform the new citizens that this cultural practice is absolutely not acceptable in Canada", she said in a telephone interview Monday from Cotonou, Benin.

Gathering intelligence from affected communities will greatly assist Police Scotland in building a FGM picture that can be utilised to target practitioners, prevent the practice taking place and support potentially affected families.

The procedure can cause severe bleeding, cysts, infections, and problems with urination.

The challenges are mainly attitudinal and the issues of cross border practice.

- FGM is known to be prevalent in almost 30 African countries, Yemen, Iraqi Kurdistan and Indonesia. Despite worldwide outcry, it continues to be practiced in certain communities for reasons related to chastity, status, honour, marriageability, belonging, tradition, cleanliness or desirability. FGM is a social norm perpetuated by the pressure to conform and be accepted socially and the fear of being rejected by the community.

The funds will go to CUSO International (originally known as Canadian University Service Overseas) which will use the money over the next four years to reduce the practice in rural regions of the country.

Lastly, the Ministry will collaborate with the law enforcement agencies and our development partners through a series of targeted stakeholder consultations to ending FGM once and for all in Ghana.

Due to increasing activism from civil society and global organizations devoted to eradicating FGM, in recent years it has been banned in Egypt, Sudan, and Djibouti.