‘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

UN-Habitat, MIA, Underscore Importance of Liberia’s National Urban Policy

first_imgNational Urban Policy stakeholders posed prior to thematic discussions.The UN-Habitat in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and Cities Alliance, have underscored the importance of national urban policy that will promote transformative, productive, inclusive and resilient urban development for the country.The calls for the timely urban policy was made on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 during a National Urban Forum (NUF) aims to advance the agenda for sustainable urbanization in Liberia. The forum, which is funded by Cities Alliance and UN-Habitat, was hosted by authorities at the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA).Remy Sietchiping, Chief of Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit of Urban Planning and Design Branch of UN Human Settlements Program, based in Nairobi, Kenya, spoke of UN-Habitat preparedness to assist Liberia.“As a UN agency, we are always happy to assist member states and Liberia is of no exception, because this policy will help the country with its urban affairs initiative. We have seen the quest and excitements from the people of Liberia towards this policy,” Mr. Sietchiping said.He said that UN-Habitat has changed its programming by moving ahead to help cities without policy to be enacted, especially working with partners, including Cities Alliance.Mr. Sietchiping said the UN-Habitat is not expecting for the government to start the implementation of policy crafted, particularly the urban policy, but partners and citizens.He said the role of the media is pivotal in the implementation of the urban policy, especially encouraging citizens and government partners in the execution of the policy.He added, “The urban policy, if enacted, will create coordination among different stakeholders, and hope that government and partners will stay engaged.”According to UN-Habitat, the National Urban Policy (NUP), is a coherent set of decisions derived through a deliberate, government-led process of coordinating, and rallying various actors for a common vision, and goal that will promote more transformative, productive, inclusive and resilient urban development in the long term.The day-long event brought together partners, including representatives from some of the youth organizations, women leadership, mayors of other cities, among them Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson Koijee.The forum was held to appraise stakeholders on the state of the national urban policy development process in Liberia, and seek inputs and commitments to ensure timely completion of the diagnosis phase of the country’s NUP.Momolu Johnson, Deputy Internal Affairs Minister for Administration, described the NUP as cardinal for the country’s transformation.“We need to urgently engage in strategies planning for us to move with the country urban agenda. This NUP is very timely to assist us put things into place and move the country in positive direction. The collaboration with Cities Alliance and UN-Habitat remains a great partnership to help Liberia achieve greatly,” Mr. Johnson said.He said the lack of policy implementation has haunted Liberia for years, and it is time to transition to full policy execution, especially with Cities Alliance.Johnson added, “It is time for us to use partnership to turn things around for the good of everyone.”“Again, in previous years, lots of preference has been given to the urban sector, and it is time to move to the leeward counties because, we cannot keep focusing on Monrovia to promote urbanization,” he said.Famater Roesler, Deputy Internal Affairs Minister for Urban Affairs, called on stakeholders to craft policy that will promote urbanization with key focus on all cities in the country.“We believe that with the NUP, it will be a great help for Liberia, because it is through that partners can have documents as working tools for the various cities,” Madam Roesler said.William Cobbett, Director for Cities Without Slums Alliance of Cities Alliance at the UN House in Brussels, Belgium, called on government and partners to focus on all cities, and residents to achieve the NUP’s goal.“The NUP, if crafted, will allow government and partners to take development to the least developed county to address social and economic issues, including youth employment,” Cobbett added.The Liberia Urban ContextLiberia’s urban population in 2008 comprised 47% of the total population of 3.5 million with an annual urban population growth rate of 4.7%. Estimates now suggest that out of a total population of approximately four  million, more than half of the population (2.1 million) resides in urban areas.Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia, has felt the greatest impact of urbanization in Liberia. The civil strife of the 1990s expanded the population of the city to more than 1 million by 2010.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgU16 championship hurling A finalThe u16 hurling final was played in the county grounds Convoy on Thursday evening. St Eunan’s faced the league champions Buncrana undefeated at all age groups over the years. Indeed Buncrana club after a magnificent season were on the cusp of delivering a clean sweep of all underage hurling A competitions in 2014. For St Eunans the stakes were also high having lost out to Buncrana at u12 and u14 this year, they entered the field determined to avenge those and the u16 league final defeat in August.St Eunans opened brightly with two points in succession from Niall O Donnell. Buncrana replied with points from Fiachra McLochainn and Kevin Vaughan on 8 minutes. Points were exchanged but the St Eunans attack was getting a lot a ball. A shot from Cian Randles hit the crossbar on 15 minutes followed by a point from Niall o Donnell. Both defences were working very hard, tackling furiously, denying space, hooking and blocking. Then, after good work in midfield Niall o Donnell came onto the ball and drove the sliotar into the Buncrana net. Buncrana responded with a flurry of attacks but the shots were forced wide under pressure from the St Eunan defence. Keeper Eoin Mc Laughlin was then forced to make an excellent save at full length from a Buncrana strike 5 minutes from halftime. The break came quickly with the score St Eunans 1.04 Buncrana 0.06. Buncrana started the second half at a higher intensity with their midfield of Declan Mc Carron and Dylan Duffy prominent. Points from Paul Tourish, Kevin Vaughan and David Doherty had Buncrana in the lead by the 10th minute with the St Eunans defence under intense pressure. However, St Eunans refused to buckle and a long ball from Niall was finished in the net by his young brother Shane o Donnell on 12 minutes. Points from Pauric Neeley and Niall O Donnell restored Eunans lead But Buncrana replied with scores from Declan Mc Carron and James Doherty. Both teams were now throwing everything they had left into the game. On the 23th minute Niall O Donnell the games outstanding player took the ball on the 45m line, beat the Buncrana defence and scored a brilliant goal with an unstoppable shot. Five minutes left. A second run by Niall was blocked out for a 65 subsequently scored. Nevertheless, Buncrana were not beaten. Points from Dillon Duffy and Paul Tourish reduced the deficit to the minimum deep into injury time. Buncrana worked hard for that crucial score but the Eunans defence cleared every ball putting their bodies continuously on the line. Niall O Donnell fittingly scored the final point of the game for St Eunans to win by two points amidst wild celebrations. Prominent for Buncrana were James Doherty and Declan mc Carron. Whilst for St Eunans the whole defensive unit were outstanding and Niall O Donnell stood out driving on his team to victory. Final Score: St Eunans 3.09 to Buncrana 0 .16.County Minor Hurling Chairman and Manager Tom Clare presented the trophy to Captain Niall O Donnell praising both teams for their excellent display. Indeed the whole Buncrana management and team were gracious in defeat despite their obvious disappointment. In truth Donegal hurling was the winner with only a puck of a ball between the teams at the end. Niall O Donnell thanked Buncrana, the referee, linesmen and the county board for the use of the pitch.    St EunansEoin Mc Laughlin, Brian Mc Intyre, Sean Tourish, Conor Kelly, Ryan Hilferty, Lee Doherty, Jordan Barr, Sean Halvey, Kevin Keally, Cian Durack, Des Kenny, Shane o Donnell (1.0), Cian Randles, Niall o Donnell (2.08), Paurlc Neeley, Anthony Horgan, Shane Maguire, Ethan Doherty, Mark Mc Ginty, Cathal Kilcullen, Peter Mc Gee, Aaron Deany, Cormac Finn, Conor f Kelly, Kealan Barrett. BuncranaDarren Fitzpatrick, James Doherty (0.01), John Vaughan, Oisin Mc Daid, Paddy Wilson (0.01), Paul Tourish (0.02), PJ Mc Carron, Dylan Duffy (0.06), Declan Mc Carron (0.01), Ben Doherty, David Doherty (0.01), Kevin Vaughan (0.02), Oisin Grant (0.01), Fiachra Mc Lochainn (0.01), Daniel Deery, Matthew Wilson.Referee: Anthony Coyle.Linesmen: Hugo Wallace and JJ Laverty  HISTORY BOYS AS ST EUNAN’S HURLERS WIN EPIC FIRST U16A HURLING TITLE was last modified: September 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaHURLINGSt EunansU16last_img read more

Big third quarter gives Cajon 58-24 victory over SBHS

first_imgSAN BERNARDINO – In a game of quick turnarounds, it was Cajon that experienced the biggest momentum shift of all, scoring 36 points in the third quarter on its way to a 58-24 San Andreas League victory over San Bernardino. The Cardinals, down 16-0 after a 46-yard touchdown run by senior running back General Parnell, and a 57-yard interception return by senior Rickie Sharp, managed to pull even with less than a minute to play in the first half. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Senior quarterback Robert Fuller hooked up with senior receiver Terence Driver for a 26-yard TD on third-and-11 with 30 seconds left. On the first play from scrimmage, Cajon senior quarterback Cedric Greene was intercepted by sophomore Shermond Johnson. One play later, Fuller found Johnson in the end zone on a 19-yard pass for the Cardinals’ second touchdown in 12 seconds. After a pair of two-point conversions by senior Jerrayl Hamilton, the score was tied at 16-16. The Cowboys struck right away in the second half as they scored two quick touchdowns through the air. Greene completed a 30-yard pass to Parnell for the first score. On the next drive, Parnell fooled the Cardinals’ secondary and went for an 85-yard TD to senior Devin Dickerson. center_img San Bernardino (0-7, 0-2) then proceeded to score one more time, as Johnson added a 2-yard TD. Cajon (4-3, 2-0) dominated the rest of the game after scoring three touchdowns on three successive San Bernardino fumbles. The first fumble would be followed by Sharp’s 65-yard, while the other two directly resulted in fumble returns of 10 yards by Parnell and 22 yards by Gary Brown. Senior running back Joevon Vann finished the scoring for the Cowboys, adding a three-yard TD. “We were able to take advantage of the over aggressiveness of their corners,” Cajon coach Kim Battin said. “When we ran trick plays against them, it allowed us to open up the game.” “Turnovers are a huge problematic area for us in the secondary,” SBHS coach Marcus Soward said. “The scoring that resulted from the turnovers seemed like a blur and in the next instance the game gets away from us. When we’re driving we can’t have turnovers like that.” “Those three turnovers that went for touchdowns started to get them feeling down and it was probably the first time all week that they thought they might lose to us,” Battin said. last_img read more