06 October 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights

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Venezuela, once an oil giant, reaches the end of an era
The New York Times, 07 Oct 2020

Venezuela’s oil reserve, the world’s largest, transformed the country and the global energy market. Now its colossal oil sector, which shaped the country and the international energy market for a century, has come to a near halt, with production reduced to a trickle by years of gross mismanagement and American sanctions. Will it ever recover?

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Iraq urged to investigate attacks on women human rights defenders
UN News, 02 Oct 2020

UN-appointed independent rights experts have urged the Iraqi authorities to investigate the murder of a female human rights defender, and the attempted killing of another, targeted “simply because they are women”.

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Kenya’s implementation of Beijing Platform for Action on track, President Kenyatta says
Capital News, 02 Oct 2020

 Kenya’s implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action that advocates for gendar equality as well as empowerment of women and girls is firmly on track, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
In a recorded video statement, President Kenyatta said the Beijing Platform for Action remains a powerful source of inspiration in the advancement of the rights of women and girls.

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Women's rights are faltering, United Nations says
CBS News, 01 Oct 2020

The U.N. on Thursday commemorated 25 years since a world declaration was agreed to in Beijing to advance women's rights. But progress is faltering, the U.N. says. Women's rights are not where they were committed to a quarter of a century ago.

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Finnish parties agree on need to clarify law on female genital mutilation
Helsinki Times, 01 Oct 2020

TheLegal Affairs Committee of the Finnish Parliament has determined unanimously that the criminal code should be amended to clarify the punishable nature of female genital mutilation.
The committee issued its ruling yesterday after convening to discuss a citizens’ initiative calling for a separate act to prohibit tha harmful practice. 

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