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Prez. declares holiday against Female Genital Mutilation

By Jonathan Grigsby
The Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
The Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(lbsonline/Liberia)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has declared Wednesday, 6th February 2013 as a day of intensifying Global Efforts for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation.

The day is being observed across Liberia as a working holiday. President Johnson-Sirleaf’s declaration is contained in her proclamation Tuesday 5th February, 2013 in Monrovia.

The Liberian leader urged government ministries and agencies to join the Liberian Association on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children to execute programs befitting the day.

She also urged local and international organizations, and other groups to form part of the day’s observance.

This year’s observance of the day is being held in Gbarma District, Gbarpolu County, with a round-table discussion expected to take place there.

The ceremony is being held under the theme,“Intensifying National Efforts for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation and Harmful Traditional Practices.” 

 


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