IPS Examines Efforts To End FGM In Liberia

Inter Press Service examines efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in Liberia. “[T]hrough cooperative efforts with traditional leaders, the government of Liberia is quietly moving to … bring an end to female genital cutting in Liberia,” IPS writes, adding, “International organizations such as the United Nations Children’s Fund argue that FGM is a human rights violation that denies women ‘their physical and mental integrity, their right to freedom from violence and discrimination, and in the most extreme case, their life.'” According to the news service, “FGM remains a highly sensitive issue for the government, and officials interviewed maintained that it would take years to put an end to the practice” (Lupick, 4/2).