The Need For Amendment In Liberia Sexual And Gender Based Violence Act.
By: Mohammed Z Fofana Activist and FGM/FGC Campaigner
World Economic Forum Fellow/ Contact: 231 886 243 958 firstname.lastname@example.org
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting is a Sexual and gender based Violence offense which wasn’t captured under Liberian’s sexual and gender based violence act as one of the lead and most terrifying offenses against women, children and girls in Liberia.
According to the United Nations Convention on the rights of woman children and girls with respect to sexual and gender based violence, any physical and emotional assaults on a person that caused serious body inquiry and or any forceful penetration or touch or cut on a person’s body without consent by the person or victim is a sexual and gender based violence.It further laments that even if an under-age victim consents after being forcefully touched or cut is still captures under Sexual and gender based violence. With that being said, it is an open secret that FGM/FGC is a first degree offense, a crime and a human right violation which must be punishable by the laws of the Republic of Liberia.
With dismay, in the case of our Country, Liberia, the sexual and gender based violence act didn’t capture Female Genital Mutilation/cutting as an offense under our laws due fear and traditional and political sentiment that traditional people will rebel against the law or create some instability as a hunt down to their culture which they may term as taboo.
Or whomsoever political leaders remained the lead proponent of this may not get the support of the indigenous people politically. And so the crafters of the sexual and gender based violence act decided to ignored the protection of women, children and girls by not highlighting FGM/FGC as an offense under SGBV act of Liberia.
Yet, FGM/FGC is one of the worst terrifying offenses if not the worst, under the United Nations Convention on the rights of women, children and girls with respect to FGM-FGC quote on quote, SGBV.
I therefore, insist, through my recommendation as an activist for women, children and girls issues and campaigner against FGM/FGC, that, the act creating, adopting and enforcing SGBV must be amended by including FGM/FGC as an offense, crime and human right violation and by extension, be punishable under the laws of the Republic of Liberia.
This would discourage perpetrators who chose tradition and culture over human rights and the rights protecting women, children and girls that have suffered and fall victims of this old age tradition since more than a century ago….