02 February 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights


Voices from a protest march in Warsaw over Poland's near-total abortion ban
CNN, 31 Jan 2021

The protesters who marched through the Polish capital's icy streets on Friday night had a clear message for the government over its imposition this week of a near-total ban on abortions: We will stand up for women's rights.

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Nicola Sturgeon says transphobia in SNP 'not acceptable'
BBC News, 30 Jan 2021

The SNP leader said transphobia should be treated with zero tolerance in the same way as racism or homophobia. Some senior SNP figures have openly criticised Ms Sturgeon over the move. They are concerned about the potential that allowing people to self-identify their gender would have on women's rights in areas such as single-sex changing rooms, and women-only shortlists.

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Guterres welcomes US decision to restore funding to UNFPA
UN News, 29 Jan 2021

The United Nations Secretary-General, on Thursday, welcomed the United States administration’s announcement to restore funding to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), calling it a “powerful message” for women and girls globally.

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US: Biden Acts to Undo Trump Damage to Women’s Health
Human Rights Watch, 28 Jan 2021

United States President Joe Biden has issued a presidential memorandum that is an important first step to repair harm to sexual and reproductive health and rights, but more executive and legislative action is needed, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Women are on COVID global front line, but left behind in recovery
Aljazeera, 28 Jan 2021

Seven in 10 workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic are female yet women are left out of many COVID-19 response and recovery plans, according to a global survey published on Thursday.

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