Africa FGM Phyllis Chesler

PHYLLIS CHESLER: NEW STUDY SHOWS HALF OF LIBERIAN FEMALES UNDERGO FGM…….

Meanwhile, leftist feminists in the U.S. are still focused on government subsidized prophylactics. 

NEW STUDY SHOWS HALF OF LIBERIAN GIRLS, WOMEN UNDERGO FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION

A recent study has documented that nearly half (49.8%) of all Liberian women have been genitally mutilated but this practice seems to be decreasing among younger girls. The practice is not considered a crime.

In fact, the Central West African region that practices FGM, especially Liberia and Sierra Leone, are unique in certain ways.

Although the Dutch, Portuguese, and British had trading posts in West Africa, Liberia was first colonized by free American Blacks in the early 19th century. This was an Abolitionist vision, one which President Thomas Jefferson shared. Britain settled the Black Poor of London in Sierre Leone.

The Americo-Liberians created a cultural and racial caste system with themselves at the top and the indigenous Liberians at the bottom. They practiced slavery. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, after years of terrible and unending civil wars, both traditional, Christian, and Muslim pro-peace Liberian women took to the streets; eventually they helped elect a Christian woman, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as President.

This is not surprising. Liberia (40% traditional religions, 40% Christianity and traditional religions, 20% Muslim); Sierre Leone (60% Muslim, 30% Christian, 10% traditional religions); Guinea (85% Muslim, 10% Christian, 5% traditional); Ivory Coast (39% Muslim, 30% 17% Atheist, 12% Christian), are all countries which initiate girls into the traditionally mandatory Sande Society.

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