08 June 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights

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Kenya: Medical Student Putting a Smile On Maasai Girls' Faces
All Africa, 07 Jun 2021

Growing up in rural Maasailand, a young Leshan Kereto saw his female colleagues drop out of school as a result of teenage pregnancies and early marriages. He sympathised with them but was young and helpless. With time, he learnt that poverty and the retrogressive culture played a key role in pushing the young girls into the social ills.

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Supreme Court won't hear challenge to male-only military draft
CNN, 07 Jun 2021

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a constitutional challenge to the male-only registration requirement for the draft filed by a group called the National Coalition for Men. The court's order means that for now even though the draft is not implemented, only men will still be required to register for the selective service.

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New Jersey Is Closing Its Only Women's Prison After Rampant Abuse By Guards
NPR, 07 Jun 2021

New Jersey will close its only prison for women after years of documented physical and sexual abuses of inmates by guards. Gov. Phil Murphy announced in a press release Monday his intention to close the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women and move its nearly 400 inmates to a new facility or other existing facilities.

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France Moves Closer to Ratifying Workplace Harassment Treaty
Human Rights Watch, 04 Jun 2021

Two years after a landmark treaty to combat workplace violence and harassment was adopted, France has taken an important step towards domesticating the effort. On Wednesday, France’s Council of Ministers approved the ratification of the ILO Violence and Harassment Convention, which will now go to parliament for consideration.

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‘None of the evidence was enough’: Czech women fight to criminalise all non-consensual sex
The Guardian, 03 Jun 2021

In the Czech Republic, the legal definition of rape requires the threat of violence. Campaigners say it is failing victims. “I felt so lost when I heard the court verdict; as if the fact that he raped me was somehow not enough,” said Jana Novak. Novak, from Prague, pressed charges against her attacker in 2019 and endured an 18-month-long court case. 

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Congo-Kinshasa: Volcano Eruption in Goma Raises Urgent Need for Reproductive Health Services for Women and Girls
All Africa, 03 Jun 2021

North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo — Following the eruption of the volcano, Mount Nyiragongo near Goma, tens of thousands of women and girls are in urgent need of critical sexual and reproductive health services, including support to pregnant women, newborn babies and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (GBV).

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US student speech calling for reproductive rights goes viral
Al Jazeera, 03 Jun 2021

American student Paxton Smith scrapped a graduation speech approved by her school administrators and delivered instead an abortion rights call in a message that has since gone viral on social media. Smith, the 2021 valedictorian at Lake Highlands High School in the US state of Texas, submitted to school officials a speech on the effect of the media on young minds.

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