06 Feb 2024 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights


Kazakhstan: Women’s Rights Activist Targeted with Dubious Fraud Charges
Human Rights Watch, 05 Feb 2024

The due process rights of the advocate, Dinara Smailova, should be upheld in full in any investigation and the authorities should ensure that the criminal justice system is not being manipulated and weaponized to silence an outspoken activist and critic.

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Breaking the cycle for survivors: UNFPA offers counselling and support to abandon female genital mutilation in Yemen
United Nations Population Fund, 05 Feb 2024

Three days after Safia had given birth, her mother-in-law visited with tools to perform female genital mutilation on the newborn. The child did not survive. “Her death not only killed my joy of being a mother, but killed me a thousand times over,” Safia said.

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How to end female genital mutilation? UN seeks to eradicate practice by 2030
France 24, 02 Feb 2024

Despite undeniable progress towards ending female genital mutilation, it still exists on six continents, mostly in the Middle East and Africa. The United Nations has set the ambitious goal of eradicating all forms of the practice by 2030, but that will require changes to existing methods on confronting it. Among them: providing more funding to grassroots, local activists and including postcolonial critiques and a better human rights framework in anti-FGM laws.

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Three girls die after FGM rituals in Sierra Leone
The Guardian, 02 Feb 2024

Children’s parents and those who performed the procedure are in police custody, according to local reports.

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Violence against sex workers and survivors of trafficking: Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women
Amnesty International, 31 Jan 2024

Amnesty international, as reflected in our institutional policies, supports efforts of states to deliver on their human rights obligations and implement laws and policies designed to address all forms of violence against women and girls, including victims and survivors of trafficking, while at the same time ensuring the rights of sex workers.

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