SIERRA LEONE: Women in the Media Sierra Leone Want FGM Banned

Women in the Media Sierra Leone (WiMSAL) have reportedly added their voice against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the country. They made the call yesterday at an interactive session in observance of the International Day Against Female Genital Mutilation at the conference hall of the Sierra Leone News Agency in Freetown. Asmaa James, Vice President of the Sierra Leone Reporters Union, reportedly pointed out that 6 February was adopted by the United Nations sub-commission on Human Rights as the International Day on Zero Tolerance to FGM to raise awareness on the harmful traditional practice that severely violates the human rights of women and girls. She went on to highlight the adverse effects of the practice such as severe pain; prolong bleeding; infection; infertility and death; and noted that FGM is a fundamental violation of the rights of an estimated 130 million women and girls who have been affected by the practice. The story is reported in The News.

Other voices that spoke against FGM at the session
Amnesty International Sierra Leone (AISL), which called for the total abolition and criminalization of FGM; and that government has the primary responsibility. The Democrat reports that Government is considering the official banning of FGM. The Spectator, Awoko and Concord Times also carry the story.

SOURCE: African Press Organisation

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DATE: 11/02/2008

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