Child Rights Condemns ‘Odd Traditional Practices’

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Child Rights Foundation-Children Welfare Foundation International (CRF-CWFI) has in the strongest term, condemned traditional practices that pose threat to the existence and future of the younger generation.

CRF-CWFUI, a local child rights organization involved with activism and children’s rights, said some ugly traditional practices are responsible for the continued spread of the deadly Ebola virus across the country.

“Odd cultural practices are contributing to the deaths of many by Ebola. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) remains actively practice in the country thereby killing young and innocent children all in the name of tradition.

“Ebola, for example, is a deadly virus that kills 90% of its victims and is very contagious. Despite continuous warnings of the danger of this virus, people in Liberia continue to touch, hold, bathe and perform other rituals with dead Ebola victims. This act has caused the rapid spread and deaths of hundreds of Liberians within a very short period,” a statement quoted CRF-CWFI deputy executive director Cyrus B. Sarwee and program & communication officer Ms Ernestine N. Clark.

The statement further indicated that “gone are the days when evil traditional and cultural practices had relevance in the society.” Liberia needs to grow in line with scientific practices and strive to develop the minds of its younger generation to compute with others.

CRF-CWFI at the same time wants the government of Liberia to enact legislation(s) prohibiting the practices of FGM/FGC and other practices that are harmful to the human person. They said anyone caught in engaging in such practices should be arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction for prosecution.

“CRF-CWFI appeals to the International Community and partners to seek a meeting of the mind and encourage our government to take a lead way in such a global imperative in stopping the continuous tears of the girl child,” the statement said.

The rights activists declared that “evil traditional” practices remain deeply rooted in the Liberian society and needs strong and firm legislations to address such aged-old situation in modern day Liberia.

CRF-CWFI latest stand is a follow-up to previous presentation made by the organization on July 26, 2014, in Colorado the United States during the 13th International Symposium on Genital Autonomy and Children’s Right.

In that presentation, the statement said CRF-CWFI highlighted the danger of harmful traditional practices informed participants from across the globe that Liberia remains lagging behind today simply because traditional practices, that are counterproductive to growth and development, are still being practiced.

To date, Liberia is governed by a dual legal system that includes Customary and Statutory laws.

The group described as totally evil, demeaning and another form of cultural violence the scale at which FGM and other cultural believes are practice.

“It is bad, wicked and inhumane to women and girls and makes them vulnerable to diseases, viruses and even death”.

The global assembly was under the auspices of California-based National Organization of Circumcision’s Information Resource Centers, in collaboration with the University of Colorado, Boulder, and State of Colorado, USA.  

It can be recalled that the two activists lives were threatened and had to go in hiding in June and July when they visited villages strongly involved with practicing FGM. They were chased out of their advocacy stance on FGM and other activities in those places while local authorities threaten circumcise both rights activists when caught.

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