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LIBERIA: "Rejuvenate Societal Values"

As Liberians observe the 16 Days of global Activism, traditional leaders have been advised to use the Sandi Society to help revive societal values instead of being concerned with just Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) if the culture must be kept.

Bong County Senior Senator, Jewel Howard-Taylor, told scores of women at the launching of activities marking the observance of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence in Liberia that rural women and even men who professed to be civilized are still encouraging and taking their young girls to the traditional sande bushes.

She said FGM, is a gross human rights violation and that the traditional culture underbrush lacks its significance of purpose which was considered a place where 'girl child' was taught about her moral values and educated on living a civilized life.

Madam Taylor, serving as a keynote speaker at the hardly-male gathering on Monday, said there are so much laws on the book on violence against women that need to be implemented, but that it takes women of strength and unity to cause government to act now to bring about a change.

She said it is disheartening that women accept the prevailing situations by letting things and conditions remain as they are, adding, "if it is time for action, women need to bring their plights of abuses and violence to the national agenda."

The Bong County Senior Senator stressed that when one woman is damaged through any form of violence, the nation stands to lose an opportunity for the creation and such a damage ranges from mental to social; physiological to physical.

She said for too long women have been subjected to crimes of humiliation and subordinated as second-class citizens pointing out that they have lived with that stigma, which has forced them to reduce their plights to mere talking.

Madam Taylor said women are not responsible for the violence meted out against them therefore, it is about time that government agenda reflects reducing violence against women at all levels and that women continue to stand up and speak out loud enough not through violent actions but by practical reality.

Madam Taylor, serving as a keynote speaker at the hardly-male gathering on Monday, said there are so much laws on the book on violence against women that need to be implemented, but that it takes women of strength and unity to cause government to act now to bring about a change.

She said it is disheartening that women accept the prevailing situations by letting things and conditions remain as they are, adding, "if it is time for action, women need to bring their plights of abuses and violence to the national agenda."

The Bong County Senior Senator stressed that when one woman is damaged through any form of violence, the nation stands to lose an opportunity for the creation and such a damage ranges from mental to social; physiological to physical.

She said for too long women have been subjected to crimes of humiliation and subordinated as second-class citizens pointing out that they have lived with that stigma, which has forced them to reduce their plights to mere talking.

Madam Taylor said women are not responsible for the violence meted out against them therefore, it is about time that government agenda reflects reducing violence against women at all levels and that women continue to stand up and speak out loud enough not through violent actions but by practical reality.

SOURCE: allAfrica.com

AUTHOR: C. Winnie Saywah

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DATE: 28/11/2007

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