WOLPNET: ‘FGM, Early Marriage Unacceptable’

first_imgThe Women of Liberia Peace Network (WOLPNET) has described the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Liberia, as unacceptable and should be abolished.In a press release yesterday, WOLPNET described the practice as a violation of human rights.The local women’s rights group’s assertion followed its recent engagements with Liberians in Bomi, Lofa and Grand Cape Mount Counties on the way forward to end female genital mutilation and early marriage.“These practices contravene international laws like the African Union (AU) Protocol and CEDAW, to which Liberia is a signatory,” the organization said.Quoting young women in said counties, who were directly affected by these cultural practices, WOLPNET said, “Most of them were taken to the ‘Sande’ Bush as children and went through the process against their will.”WOLPNET also said the women explained they, “learned some good things while they were admitted into the traditional school.”“While we bitterly frowned on FGM, we also recognize some positive things that come out of the traditional school, such as training in household care, respect for elders, dancing, singing and other morals,” said WOLPNET’s Acting Executive Director, Marian Gonyor,The release quoted her as saying, “The key unacceptable issue is the unhealthy condition under which the girls and women stay in while admitted in the bush.”The group said it has begun rolling out plans to partner with relevant civil society organizations and the Ministry of Internal Affairs to develop an implementable plan-of-action tool to abolish FGM and early marriage.WOLPNET, meanwhile called on the Liberian government to intervene and modify the aspect of the Liberian culture that has to do with cutting women, many of whom are often forcefully initiated into the Sande’ bush and given out for marriage when they should be in school.The group said the elimination of the practice of FGM is a campaign that every Liberian must join and urged Liberians to wake up to the reality of modernization and save our future generation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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ESB RESTORES POWER TO THOUSANDS OF HOMES IN DONEGAL AFTER STORM

first_imgESB Networks has restored power to thousands of homes after electricity cuts on Saturday evening.At one stage more than 2,500 customers in the Milford area were without power.Hundreds more customers in Rathmullan, Ramelton, Ray, Kilmacrennan, Keadue, Burtonport, Dungloe and Arranmore Island were also cut off. As of midnight, just 16 homes in Milford were still affected.ESB has apologised for the “inconvenience” of the outages which were weather related.“The power cuts were caused by extremely high winds on Saturday evening and crews worked into the night to restore power to customers,” said an ESB spokeswoman.The horrible Saturday weather saw wind gusts of 110 km/hr, slightly less than forecast but still extremely strong. It also brought torrential rain which is continuing overnight; the N56 between Creeslough and Dunfanaghy was flooded for a time.Gardaí are warning motorists to take extra care on the roads on Sunday morning. ESB RESTORES POWER TO THOUSANDS OF HOMES IN DONEGAL AFTER STORM was last modified: November 3rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal daily weatherpower cutsstormslast_img read more

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