‘Ban FGM, A Violation of Human Rights’

first_imgWomen’s Group urges 54th Legislature Liberia among four African countries yet to prohibit FGM following 12 years of female presidency The National Working Group Against Female Genital Mutilation (NAWOGA-FGM) has called on members of the 54th Legislature to enact a law that will ban the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Liberia.The head of the steering committee of NAWOGA-FGM, Maim D. Robinson, told reporters over the weekend that Liberia needs to respect the provisions of the international treaties and conventions to  which it is a signatory.“We are calling on lawmakers and President George Weah to understand our feelings by protecting the rights of many young women and girls that are often oppressed and subjected to inhumane treatments under the disguise of tradition by legislating a law that will criminalize only the part of traditional rituals that involves the practice of FGM,” Robinson said.NAWOGA-FGM is a sub-civil society organization operating under the supervision of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia (NCSCL) whose primary focus is to ensure the elimination of all practices that are known to be harmful to women and girls.Robinson said that while many FGM advocates believe that it is culturally rooted, they are yet to provide the medical essentials to retain it as a practice.“We are convinced that this practice violates girls and women’s rights to health, security and physical integrity,” she noted, adding that FGM denies women and girls their rights to be free from torture and inhumane or degrading treatment, and the right to life as in the case of death as a result of the practice.Article 5b of the Liberian Constitution states that, “The state shall preserve, protect and promote positive culture and ensure that traditional values which are compatible with public policy and national progress are adopted and developed as an integral part of the growing needs of the society.”Article 11(c) states that, “All persons are equal before the law, and therefore entitled to equal protection of the law.”“In light of these constitutional provisions, can we say that our women are treated equally as real human beings like their male counterparts when the practice of FGM is meant to control their sexuality, deny them of enjoying the real pleasure of a God-given desire, besides the volume of negative health effects it plunges the victims into?” she asked rhetorically.Robinson said Liberia is a signatory to the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, including the Maputo Protocol on Human Rights, the Rights of Women in Africa, the convention of the Rights of a Child among many other conventions, and as such, her organization wants to ensure that those rights are fully enjoyed at all times.The head of the NAWOGA-FGM steering committee said the members of the national working group are not against ‘good’ cultural values and norms, but are advocating for government to revisit certain cultural practices such as son-preference, battering, FGM, sassy wood, forced feeding among many others that tend to violate the rights and dignities of others and contribute nothing positive to the country’s heritage.She said while Liberia is among four African countries that are yet to prohibit FGM, 28 other countries that once practiced the culture have abolished it because they believe it is unlawful and a human rights violation.“As a conglomeration of civil society organizations, we appeal to President George Weah and members of the legislature to save the lives of many would be victims of FGM. Our women and girls deserve more than being treated as lesser humans. This call is not only from NAWOGA-FGM, but many other voiceless women out there as well,” Robinson said.According to the UN Secretary General’s 2017 report, an estimated 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some forms of FGM, and girls at the age of 14 and younger represent 44 million of those who have been cut.This practice, the report continued, “is mostly carried out on young girls sometimes between infancy and age 15. Due to the gruesomeness associated with the FGM procedures, victims experience severe bleeding and health complications, including cysts, infections, infertility as well as child birth complications and increased risk of newborn deaths.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)center_img Madam Maima Robinson reading the group’s press statement.last_img read more

Dele Alli ready to be a leader for Spurs after captaincy against Watford

first_img REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli celebrates scoring against Watford in the Carabao Cup. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Latest Football News Alli helped Spurs to victory with a penalty in normal time and the winning spot-kick in the ensuing shoot-out, which followed a 2-2 draw.He was delighted to be given the job as skipper, even if it is likely to be a one off, especially at his former home and was in excellent spirits after the match.“[The armband] was a little bit too big for me,” joked Alli, when asked about the captaincy.“It was a massive honour. I spoke to the gaffer and he asked me if I wanted to do it. It was a real privilege. A huge honour.And when asked if he was a natural for the role, he added: “If you asked the boys about my speech they might disagree.“I want to be a leader out there anyhow. Whether I’ve got the armband on or not, it’s important to have that mentality.” Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli has admitted he’s keen to be a leader on the pitch even when isn’t captain having worn the armband against Watford.With Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane absent, Alli was given the role on his return to Milton Keynes, where he started his career. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? impact REVEALED center_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF And asked about their chances of silverware in the Carabao Cup, he replied: “We want to go as far as we can in every competition and try to win as many as we can.“The fans deserve it and the whole club deserves it. We’ve had a few good years but it’s about time we started getting the trophies we deserve.” RANKED no dice ADVICE silverware Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move last_img read more