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    Liberia-IAC has been reactivated.

    INTER-AFRICAN COMMITTEE ON TRADITIONAL PRACTICES AFFECTING THE HEALTH OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN NEWSLETTER. 1995 Apr; (17):12.

    The former national committee of Liberia ceased activities at the outbreak of civil unrest, but as soon as the situation allowed, a group of former committee members and new volunteers held meetings starting in March 1993. However, it is not until 1994 that activities started again in earnest. Thanks to UNICEF, a potential committee leader was invited to the IAC Regional Conference in April 1994, Addis Ababa. There, Miss Patricia Marbey met with other members of the IAC network, notably from neighboring countries, which share similar problems concerning traditional practices. Soon after her return she reorganized the committee. Elections were in August 1994 under the auspices of UNICEF. Officers were elected to key posts for a two-year term renewable only once. The name of the new committee was changed for Liberia IAC National Committee, or IAC-LI for short. Even before it was formally reorganized, IAC-Liberia was called into action to represent a girl who had been forcibly initiated. This affair provided the necessary impetus for the committee to start a sensitization campaign toward the eradication of FGM in and around the capital. (full text)
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