FGM “Should Not Be Considered Rights Violation”

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Rep. Bhofal Chambers, Speaker of the 54th National Legislature, is expected to launch the GAC Stakeholders Forum

-Says Speaker Chambers, describes transgender surgery as worst form of rights abuse

Ahead of the 35th Anniversary of this year’s Africa Day to be held tomorrow, May 25, House Speaker Bhofal Chambers of the 54th Legislature has said the “West” should shut-up for tagging the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as savage, arguing that transgender surgery is the worst form of human rights abuse.

Chambers told the Special Representative of the African Union (AU) in Liberia and his entourage at his Capitol Building offices yesterday that FGM should be practiced by choice of any female when they attain the age of 21 in accordance with the country’s Penal Law.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a procedure where the female genital is deliberately cut, injured or changed, but where there’s no medical reason for this to be done. It is also known as “female circumcision” or “cutting.”

It comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Against all odds, Speaker Chambers is of the opinion that the practice is traditionally in line with a woman’s faith or beliefs, “therefore, it should not be considered as human rights violation.”

On the contrary, Chambers, in a poignant tone, said the practice of transgender, which denotes or relates to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex, is another form of mutilation, so it should be of concern to the West and called savage. Transgender is a transition from one sex to another.

He believes that some traditional practices in Liberia still resonate with morality in society and promote cultural heritage in the country.

In furtherance, Speaker Chambers would work with other lawmakers in making the Land Rights and Local Governance Acts pass the bills, but he did not commit his willingness to ensure its passage.

Earlier, during the courtesy call meeting, the Special Representative of the African Union (AU) to Liberia Ambassador Ibrahim M. Kamarain told Speaker Chambers to consider the passage of the Land Rights and Local Governance Bills.

Kamarain said the passage will help the ordinary Liberian foster peace in the country.

He urged the Speaker to be a part of the Africa Day’s celebration, which will be held on Friday, May 25, at the Monrovia City Hall.

Amb. Kamarain also informed the Speaker that his office accepts proposals, and that it has donated computer accessories and furniture to the Bassa Community College and other institutions.

It may be recalled that Speaker Chambers has recently been vocal on the FGM method when he first spoke in favor of the practice at the induction ceremony of the Women Legislative Caucus at the Capitol Building, of which Rep. Rosana G.D.H. Schaack was inaugurated as chairperson.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Bhofal Chambers is from the biggest Gboyo county so what does he really know about abuse. This man is a disgrace to the government. heartman, gboyo coounty

  2. Listening to what the people from the outside always telling us, the do and don’t, do, is like throwing away our dignity into the dungeon of obscurity.

    There are 7.8 billions people on this planet. There are over millions of cultures and values systems. Even those from the outside, are uncomfortable with some of their own cultural practices. Not everybody in Liberia likes FGM practice, however; it is a way of practice that certain group have had over time.

    Liberians will not allow people coming from the outside ridiculing our people way of practice. Some of these same individuals favor transgender practice, as the speaker of the house just said.

    Liberians should never be bullied into silence. We should never allow ourselves to be a victim nor accept no one’s definition of our lives , but ourselves. Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person we are. Human beings were not made on an assembly line with serial numbers, so everybody looks, loves and behave the same way. People of the world are different. I m not a member of the Poro Society, however; I respect those that are members. It their cultural practice.

    The 1972 UNESCO Conference on Cultural Heritage, gave everyone around the world right to uphold their ways of life that are deemed necessary in their cognition.

    If a Liberian above the age of 20 feels it is necessary to carry on FGM , It is her choice.

    Let the outsiders KEEP QUIET.

    From the land of the BLACK ABORIGINES,
    THANKS TO ALL.

  3. The Senator should also include some sorts of counseling; even if the individual is willing to have FGM done at age, 21. In Main time, print a handbook on the “MEDICAL CONSEQUENCES” of FGM; available to all females, free of charge. Thanks!

  4. Jane,
    Mamadu Bah is not a Guinea man. Mamadu Bah is a native born Liberian.

    We can express ourselves in the court of public opinion. However, our expressions should not contain a slice of prejudice.
    Miss Jane, you are worthy of good things. Calling Bah a Guinean is inappropriate.

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