A female zoe from Margibi County, Ma Sarah Garpu Dwopu, is admonishing authorities at the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) to lift a ban placed on Sande activities in the country.
Two years ago the Government placed a ban on Sande and Poro activities during school time in the country, and warned that any Zoe that circumvented the ban would be arrested and penalized. Madam Dwopu observed that because of the imposition of the ban many young girls residing in areas which are not accessible to academic activities are becoming more discourteous to parents and other older people in the community. Speaking to journalists in Monrovia yesterday, the Margibi Zoe noted that in spite of the negative perceptions being harbored by anti-Sande society campaigners, the culture helps to mold the minds of young females and train them on how to be disciplined in society. She averred that Sande is not only about genital mutilation as claimed by none members around the world, but it trains the young females on how to become house wives and how to respect people and the government. Ma Dwopu claimed that because of the ban on Sande and Poro activities in the country, many young people do not respect their national leaders and they are becoming more destructive in society. On the issue of more women becoming barren due to the wrongful removal of the clitoris, she denied the perception and questioned those that are making the claims to show any scientific proof that the chipping of the clitoris is responsible for barrenness. She blamed the Government of Liberia for the disgrace the Liberian culture is receiving from the Westerners who have infiltrated the system and made the Liberian culture to appear like a dangerous practice. The Margibi Zoe also blamed other Liberian women that sat in workshops and other entertainment centers and discussed issues relating to Liberian women culture. She described the act as “bad and foolish” for a woman to discuss about herself on the radio and other public gathering. Madam Dwopu announced that already, Zoes throughout the country are preparing a bill to be submitted to the National Legislature for an enactment which will prohibit anyone who will sit publicly and discuss the activities of the Sande and the Poro societies.