Liberia Should Pass Legislation To Ban FGM, Protect More Women, Girls
The Guardian: Liberia needs to muster the courage to ban FGM
Mary Wandia, FGM program manager at Equality Now
“…Unlike neighboring countries such as Guinea and Sierra Leone, Liberia has already managed to significantly reduce FGM prevalence … However, unless tough legislation is enacted and properly implemented, it may be difficult to accelerate this change and the lives and wellbeing of millions more girls will be put at risk. [Liberian President Ellen] Johnson-Sirleaf is well positioned to ‘muster the courage’ to do what is necessary to ensure that Liberia bans FGM — either as part of the current domestic violence bill, or as a standalone bill, as a matter of urgency. There has been too much discussion and not enough action. Liberia cannot afford to keep making statements to make it seem like it is doing something, without following through and putting real measures in place, which promote and protect the rights of its girls” (4/27).