Liberia imposes year-long ban on FGM

Liberia has imposed a one-year ban on female genital mutilation (FGM).

However, campaigners have called for a permanent law, saying the ban may not be enforceable.

The new law - which came into force after former leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signed an executive order before stepping down - will make it illegal to perform FGM on anyone under the age of 18. However, it can still be carried out on adult women with their consent.

According to campaigners, the act should be banned on adults as they can often give their consent under pressure.

In Liberia, around half of all women have undergone the procedure.

Mackins Pajibo of Liberian group Women Solidarity Incorporated told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that although the ban was likely not enforceable, it was good news.

She called on new president George Weah to “to keep up the pressure for a permanent law which bans FGM completely for all women and children”.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801844217-ADNFCR