In March last year a woman told us from Bomi county how she was forcibly initiated into FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and had come to us seeking redress in this case involving two women who got her forcibly initiated into. We (West Point Women for Health and Development Organization) embraced her and decided we will help her by taking up the case of this sister because this was first of a kind in Liberia where a woman was willing to speak out on FGM.
The WPW took the woman to hospital along with her twins who are a boy and a girl, when the woman came to us along with her children we make sure they seek medical attention because at the time, we found them to be in a deplorable condition and needed immediate medical attention. We also make sure we got a medical document indicating that she indeed underwent the process of FGM.
We helped her through the process until early July this year when the two women involved were indicted by the Criminal Court- A at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia for the crime of kidnapping because this lady in question was indeed kidnapped by these two women who went to Ruth house entered and forcibly took she and her twins away to an unknown destination until after a month Ruth was found to have been taken to the Sande bush where she was found to be initiated into FGM. This case became a talk of the towns which got the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia, the Ministry of Gender and Development, Women NGO Secretariat of Liberia along with other international and local NGOs helping us to press forward on the case.
After about a week the case came to climax where the two women were sentence to prison three year each for getting a woman initiated into FGM against her will. FGM in Liberia is a taboo to speak about because when you do so, you may risk been initiated yourself therefore it is hard for just any one who is not a member to speak about. People are living in fear of been initiated into FGM but this case brought a little relief about the so called taboo, many people are found to be talking about FGM lately the danger it poses to women and its effects on their children.
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