04 May 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights

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Sports FIFA bans Haiti Under-20 women's team official in sexual abuse probe
Reuters, 04 May 2021

Global soccer governing body FIFA on Monday banned Haiti's Under-20 women's team supervisor Nella Joseph for 10 years as part of an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual abuse of female players in the Caribbean nation. Joseph was found guilty by FIFA's independent Ethics Committee of failing to protect the physical and mental integrity of various female players under her authority and "by actively coercing and threatening them into engaging in sexual relationships" with former Haitian football association president Yves Jean-Bart, FIFA said in a statement on its website.

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Tigray six months on; women still bear the brunt of conflict, warns IRC
International Rescue Committee, 04 May 2021

Six months on from the beginning of the conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia, a new International Rescue Committee analysis reveals that women and girls across the conflict are experiencing widespread abuse and exploitation against a backdrop of impunity.

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Online violence is silencing women journalists
Al Jazeera, 03 May 2021

Women everywhere are being attacked online for daring to practice journalism while female. Back in 2014, 23 percent of the women journalists who responded to a UNESCO survey said they had been threatened, intimidated and insulted online in connection with their work. By December 2020, this number had leapt to 73 percent.

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G7: Rich states want to send 40m more girls to school
BBC, 03 May 2021

Foreign ministers will use a London summit to commit to helping women in developing countries with a $15bn (£10.8bn) two-year package of support. At their first in-person meeting for two years, they will also agree to help 20 million more girls read by age 10. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said educating girls was a smart investment.

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Kenya: Gender-Based Violence Leading Cause of School Dropouts in Kenya - Experts
All Africa, 03 May 2021

Gender-Based Violence has been singled out as the major contributing factor to girls dropping out of school in Kenya, particularly this year when thousands of girls failed to sit for their national examinations in primary school. Statistics released by the Ministry of Education in March show that 12,424 Class 8 candidates did not turn up for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations administered in March.

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Puerto Rican Boxer Félix Verdejo Charged With Killing Pregnant Woman
NPR, 03 May 2021

A former Olympic boxer was arrested in Puerto Rico on Sunday for kidnapping and murdering a woman who was pregnant with his child, amid a troubling and persistent rise in violence against women on the island that has triggered a state of emergency. Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo Sánchez, also known as "El Diamante" or "The Diamond," appeared in court Monday morning, where he was ordered by the judge to be held without bail.

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Michelle Bachelet: Her lifelong fight against sexism and for women's rights
DW, 01 May 2021

When Michelle Bachelet became the first female president of Chile in 2006, divorce had only been legal in the Latin American country for two years. Abortions were completely forbidden, even in the case of rape. So when a single mother, social democrat and atheist was elected to the nation's top office, it became a sensation in the very conservative and Catholic nation.

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Social workers strengthen their capacity to provide support to the victims of domestic violence in Armenia
Council of Europe, 30 Apr 2021

As part of the social workers’ mandatory in-service training programme, a group of 240 social workers will be trained between April and December 2021 by the Yerevan State University’s Centre for Gender and Leadership Studies with the financial support of the Council of Europe. The Centre for Gender and Leadership Studies has an extensive experience in research studies, development, and the provision of educational programmes, in particular related to gender equality.

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Sexual violence pervasive in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions
Al Jazeera, 29 Apr 2021

Every day, Gladys, a 33-year-old vendor in Buea, the capital of Cameroon’s Southwest region, heads to Muea market to sell vegetables, sweets and other food items. “But only after the sun rises,” she said. “All day I worry it will be the day I am attacked by those boys [or] the military.

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