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Female lawyers want FGM criminalized

By Lincoln G. Peters 

Atty. Philomena T. Williams, president of the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFLL), has launched a passionate appeal for lawmakers here to criminalize the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Speaking recently at the third annual convention of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), Atty. Williams described FGM as demonic, evil, and wicked.

She stressed that AFELL will continue to stand against the practice and fight for the protection of all women, children, and girls.

“Accordingly, in consonant with the constitutional rights of the girl child, and consonant with their plights, AFELL passionately, exceedingly seeks the support of all lawyers here present to ensure legislation that will criminalize FGM,” she appealed. 

She called the legislature to legislate and enact laws that will ensure that FGM is criminalized to mitigate the many marital and psychological issues that women, girls, and children are facing.

She said the forceful cutting of female genital parts is not significant and this must stop. 

Rather, Atty. Williams pointed out that the practice is only detrimental to the health, and marital life of females.

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“This causes real harm to our girls and several other multiple problems. If the girl’s genital parts are cut off at age 15, when she is grown and married, her sexual desire demolishes,” she said. 

“This also causes her health problem and serious psychological problems,” she added.

Atty. Williams narrated that every day and daily, they have women going to their offices complaining about violence and abuse against them by their male counterparts, including their husbands.

She disclosed that sometimes women come to their offices complaining of bruises on their bodies.

She said most times they questioned the men, they alleged that their actions were due to their wives’ alleged failure to honor their sexual demands.

“This FGM issue is very serious and grave,” she said. 

“We want all hands on deck and calling on all lawyers and those that have children to join us and ensure that there is a legislation to criminalize FGM practice in Liberia,” she disclosed. –Edited by Winston W. Parley

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