06 March 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights


Palestinian women cautiously welcome new rights
by Arab News, 06 Mar 2018

AMMAN - Palestinian activists and human rights organizations welcomed on Monday measures by the government to give more rights to women. The changes include the right of Palestinian women to pass on their citizenship to their children and to open bank accounts in their names. The Cabinet also recommended to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a series of legal amendments that include canceling or amending laws that allow rapists to avoid punishment by marrying their victims.

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'I was crying with unbearable pain': study reveals extent of FGM in India
by the Guardian, 06 Mar 2018

Just weeks after the Indian government declared that there was no data to support the existence of female genital mutilation in the country, a small study has shown a 75% incidence across the Bohra Muslim community.

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A Women's Rights March in Turkey Has Ended With Tear Gas and Arrests
by Time, Joseph Hincks, 05 Mar 2018

Women’s rights marchers in Ankara met with tear gas and arrests Sunday as they gathered for a protest ahead of International Women’s Day later this week. After the marchers ignored calls to disperse, Turkish riot police fired tear gas and detained about 15 women, Agence France-Presse reports, citing Turkey’s private Dogan News Agency. The marchers mainly came from a women’s rights-focused NGO called Ankara Women’s Platform. They reportedly held aloft banners, including one that read “we are getting stronger in solidarity.”

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Can FGM be a personal choice?
by Daily Nation, 02 Mar 2018

Rose, a farmer from the outskirts of Nairobi, came to the sexology clinic to enquire if she could be circumcised. Female circumcision, also called female genital mutilation (FGM) or female genital cutting (FGC), is outlawed in Kenya.“There is a court case going on where the petitioner wants adult women allowed their rights to decide whether to get circumcised or not in registered hospitals,” she explained. “I just want to know if you will circumcise me once the case goes through.” Rose was referring to a court case in which a female doctor has challenged the Kenya anti-FGM law.

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