05 December 2017 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights


Poland No Friend to Women
By Human Rights Watch, 03 Dec 2017

For this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the hashtag #TrzymamStroneKobiet has gone viral in Poland. It translates to “I’m on women’s side.” But these days, Poland’s government appears to be anything but on the side of women. On October 4, police in several Polish cities raided offices of the Women’s Rights Centre and Baba, two nongovernmental organizations that support domestic violence victims and promote women’s rights. 

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The midwives helping women on the US-Mexico border
By Al Jazeera, 03 Dec 2017

 Tijuana, Mexico - Ximena Rojas drives through the streets of Tijuana, Mexico, at the wheel of an old station wagon that can become an ambulance if necessary. She often gets lost, but she always arrives where she needs to be. Rojas has just turned 35 years old. She wears her long hair tied in a braid and speaks in a soft tone. She is native of Veracruz, a port city located along the Gulf of Mexico, but she studied nursing and obstetrics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City and began assisting home births in 2010.

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UN expert group on discrimination against women launches first official visit to Chad
By Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights , 01 Dec 2017

 GENEVA (1 December 2017) – The UN Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice will carry out its first official visit to Chad from 4 to 14 December to assess the country’s progress on gender equality and the protection and promotion of women’s human rights, as well as its remaining challenges. “Our expert group is particularly interested in legislative reforms and policies that have been implemented by the Government of Chad to promote women’s rights and gender equality,” said Alda Facio, who currently heads the expert group. “We will pay particular attention to aspects of law and practice which affect women’s participation in the family and in cultural, public and political life, as well as their access to justice, education, labour and social services, looking at existing gaps and good practices to eliminate discrimination against women in these areas,” she added.

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Woman ‘raped by her family as punishment for eloping
By The Independent, 29 Nov 2017

A woman was allegedly raped by four members of her family, including her father and brother, after she eloped with her boyfriend. Police said the victim was attacked in the village of Dhaneda in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The four people have registered a case against them on the directive of the Allahabad High Court, The Times of India reported.

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