04 October 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women’s Rights

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Iranian women have been protesting mandatory hijab for decades
Washington Post, 03 Oct 2022

While these protests started over women’s freedom of dress, Iranians have joined across lines of age, gender, ethnicity and class. Collectively, they’re expressing their anger and loss of patience with the theocratic state. As in the past, Iran’s security forces have cracked down hard.

 

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Around the world, protesters take to the streets in solidarity with Iranian women
NPR, 03 Oct 2022

Protesters have gathered in cities around the world in recent days in a show of solidarity with women in Iran. The gatherings are an echo of the protests that have erupted in Iran since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who had been detained by the country's so-called morality police. Whether in Istanbul or Los Angeles, protests are marked by the striking words and images that have typified the protests rocking Iran: chants of "Women, life, freedom!" and in some cases, women taking scissors to their hair.

 
 

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Abortion is legal but under threat in Puerto Rico
NPR, 03 Oct 2022

The day after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a representative in the Puerto Rican legislature introduced a bill punishing "the crime of abortion" with 99 years in jail. The bill was withdrawn the same day it was introduced, but it represents renewed interest in greatly restricting abortion in Puerto Rico after the Supreme Court threw out its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that protected abortion rights.

 

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Harris, on Asia trip, promotes a political priority — women’s rights
Washington Post, 01 Oct 2022

Vice President Harris and her team laid out the goals of her four-day trip to Asia before she left the United States: honor Japan’s assassinated former prime minister Shinzo Abe, bolster America’s partnerships with Japan and South Korea, and promote America’s economy and security.

 

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India abortion: Why Supreme Court ruling is a huge step forward
BBC, 01 Oct 2022

While overturning of the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling was described as "a huge step back for women's rights", Thursday's order by the Indian Supreme Court - in contrast - is being hailed as "historic" and "a big step forward" for women's rights. The ruling - which said that all women, including those not married and persons other than cis-gender women, had equal rights to abortion - is indeed a progressive one in a country that's home to 73 million single women.

 

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