08 December 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights

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16 Shocking facts about violence against women and girls
ReliefWeb, 07 Dec 2020

From female genital mutilation, child marriage and human trafficking to domestic violence and homicide, women and girls face continued struggles. It can be hard to understand the difficulties faced by others from the comfort of our homes. That's why we've put together 16 key facts to show just why we need to take action to end violence against women and girls (VAWG). Here are 16 shocking facts that reveal the horror behind GBV.

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Improved Afghan law still fails victims of sex crimes and violence against women, UN report finds
UN News, 07 Dec 2020

Afghanistan’s justice system is continuing to fail female victims of violence and sex crimes, despite a 2009 law that was hailed as a significant step forward in legal efforts to protect them, according to a UN report published jointly on Monday by the UN human rights office (OHCHR) and the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

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Iran: Adopt Draft Law to Protect Women
Human Rights Watch, 04 Dec 2020

Iran should address gaps in its long-awaited draft law on violence against women that offers limited protections for survivors of domestic violence, and put it before the parliament for a vote, Human Rights Watch said today. Over the past year alone, several widely publicized instances of violence against women in Iran have drawn national attention and outrage. The authorities should also undertake to repeal discriminatory laws that leave women at risk of domestic violence.

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End Abusive Sex Testing for Women Athletes
Human Rights Watch, 04 Dec 2020

Women athletes, largely from the Global South, are targeted and harmed by “sex testing” regulations. Women being observed under the regulations, and in some cases being compelled to undergo a medical examination, amounts to policing women’s bodies based on arbitrary definitions of femininity and racial stereotypes. Sport governing bodies – including World Athletics and the International Olympic Committee – should remove all regulations that require medically unnecessary interventions for continuing eligibility.

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Betsy Wade, First Woman to Edit News at The Times, Dies at 91
The New York Times, 03 Dec 2020

Betsy Wade, the first woman to edit news copy for The New York Times and the lead plaintiff in a landmark sex discrimination lawsuit against the newspaper on behalf of its female employees, died on Thursday at her home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She was 91.

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