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


How sexist Hong Kong adverts perpetuate gender stereotypes, and what businesses, consumers and schools can do about it
By South China Morning Post, 04 Sep 2017

The advertising industry is known to regularly dip its toes in hot water, especially when it’s guilty of overtly sexualised adverts. But another damaging facet of the industry, albeit a more subtle one, is what’s known as “gender advertising” – adverts that depict stereotypical gender roles, whether it’s immaculately dressed woman in heels and lipstick taking food from an oven, to sports brands showing action men in strong and fit poses.

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Government reveals plan to make it easier to vote anonymously in boost to domestic abuse victims
By The Independent , 04 Sep 2017

More domestic abuse survivors should be able to take part in elections after the Government confirmed plans to make it easier to register to vote anonymously. The changes will make it more straightforward for people to register without compromising their safety, potentially benefiting thousands of women who fear being tracked down by their abusers.

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Is Liberia's Sirleaf really standing up for women?
By Al Jazeeraa, 31 Aug 2017

In a public statement earlier this month, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - Africa's first woman elected head of state - vowed to campaign actively for female candidates running in presidential and legislative elections in October. While her pronouncement may appear praiseworthy, it is too little, too late. In this year's high-stakes elections - the country's third since the end of a devastating 14-year armed conflict - only 163 out of 1,026 (16 percent) approved candidates are women, including one running for president in a crowded field of over 20 men. This represents only a marginal increase since 2005 and 2011, when women accounted for 14 percent (110/762) and 11 percent (104/909) of candidates, respectively. 

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Women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia lead the way from poverty to empowerment
By UN Women , 30 Aug 2017

For Kebela Gure, 30-year-old mother of five from the Adamitulu District in the Oromia region of Ethiopia, a good education for her children and an improved family income were the priorities. Today, she is on her way to accomplishing both these goals. She lives with her family in the village of Anano Sheso, where her children can access elementary school. What’s more, she has already purchased materials to build her dream home in the nearby town, where her children can continue their education in high school and beyond. This is not a small accomplishment for Gure, who had to drop out of school in the eighth grade to work and support her family. She was married at the age of 16 and had her first child when she was only 18. Gure’s husband works as a smallholder farmer and how well his crops do depends on seasonal rain. His income alone cannot feed their extended family of nine, let alone pay for house or schooling for five children.

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