Monrovia – A local Non-governmental organization, the National Working Group Against Female Genital Mutilation (NAWOGA FGM) has described as a disservice the omission of the component of 16.21 which addresses the issue of Genital Mutilation. The group said the lawmakers’ action to remove the component of genital mutilation in the Domestic violence act is a contradiction to a commitment made by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the 27th of September 2015, at a Global Women Human rights conference in the USA. The concurrence of the bill has been welcomed by many state actor including NGOs who have patiently waited. The bill seeks to address many vital issues affecting domestic and gender-based violence, but the most contentious issue that stalled its passage has to be the legislation of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as illegal and offenders punishable by law. Among vital issues, the law seeks to address are Domestic (physical abuse, emotional verbal and psychological abuse, economic abuse) dowry-related violence, offenses against the family, female genital mutilation, sexual abuse, and harassment.
Source: Front Page Africa August 15, 2017 02:37 UTC