08 May 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM and Women's Rights


Muslim scholars deplore FGM and say it violates Koran, Islamic law
by The Star , 08 May 2018

Female genital mutilation violates Islamic law and teachings, Muslim scholars said yesterday. They asked communities to desist from linking it to their religion. The scholars said FGM violates the essence and objective of Islamic law, which protects the welfare of family, dignity, wealth and the mental capacity of an individual.

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Egyptian women fight for right to top judicial positions
by Al-Monitor, 07 May 2018

CAIRO — Women have gained access to some judicial posts in Egypt over the years, but they have yet to breach the all-powerful State Council. The decadeslong battle pits certain interpretations of the Egyptian Constitution against the council and centuries of tradition dictating that a woman's place is in the home. The National Council for Women and others are continuing their uphill effort, pointing out that there are no constitutional or religious restrictions that prevent women from working in a specific field. National Council for Women head Maya Morsi has emphasized that women should be appointed to judicial bodies, especially considering that the constitution has granted them that right.



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Record number of Lebanese women running for office
by Al Jazeera , 03 May 2018

 In a country where women make up only three percent of parliament, a record number of 86 female candidates will be competing for Lebanon's 128 legislative seats in elections on May 6. In fact, out of the total 976 candidates who originally registered to run, 111 were female candidates - a staggering surge compared to just 12 women in 2009. The record number has generated a sense of hope in many Lebanese about women's participation in the country's politics.

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Launch of the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023
by Council of Europe , 02 May 2018

Gender equality is key to safeguard human rights, up-hold democracy and preserve the rule of law. Gender equality entails equal rights for women and men in all spheres of public and private life. Gender equality lies also at the root of efforts to prevent violence against women and domestic violence. In the current context of growing economic difficulties and subsequent austerity policies and measures, political uncertainties and raising inequalities at all levels of the society, rising nationalism and populism and their attacks on women’s rights, the Council of Europe launches its Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023 in the international conference “Gender Equality: Paving the Wayorganised in the framework of the Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers (Copenhagen, Eigtveds Pakhus, 3-4 May).

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