Call for a nationwide ban on female genital mutilation in Liberia

SBFPHC Policy Advocacy

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a form of violence against women that must be stopped. According to Liberia’s demographic health survey, FGM is estimated at 49.8% for women and girls aged 15-49. Initiation into a secret society called Sande is synonymous with FGM and Sande members have shown stronger support for its continuation than had been shown before.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution ‘intensifying global efforts for the elimination of FGM on December 20, 2012. This marked a ground-breaking milestone in global efforts to end this harmful practice. The political interest is there. Affected women and girls have gained momentum. The global community now sees this as a human rights violation and a manifestation of gender inequality.

It’s also a public health issue. FGM has no medical benefits and can cause medical harm. FGM has immediate health complications which could include severe pain, shock…

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