09 February 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights


Women in preventing and countering violent extremism
ReliefWeb, 09 Feb 2021

Women are frequently seen only as victims of violent extremism. But in reality, women play multiple roles, they are on the frontlines of prevention and response.

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Jailed Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul set to be released, sister says
Middle Ease Eye, 08 Feb 2021

After more than 1,000 days in detention where she endured torture and hunger strikes, Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul is expected to be released on Thursday, her sister revealed in a tweet on Monday.

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Honduras hardened its abortion ban. These women remain undeterred
Aljazeera, 08 Feb 2021

The new recruits to the women’s rights group, Somos Muchas, are mostly young women between the ages of 18 and 30 who have been moved into action by recent events. For local activists, it is a sign that change is still possible in a country with some of the most severe restrictions on abortion in the world.

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Switzerland marks 50 years of women voting
Deutsche Welle, 07 Feb 2021

Switzerland is celebrating the 50th anniversary of giving women the right to vote. But why was the country so late — and where does it stand today? DW spoke to two feminist experts in search for answers.

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Zero Tolerance to FGM: NPWJ calls for concrete and effective policies to prevent and combat this violation of human rights
No Peace Without Justice, 06 Feb 2021

Today marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a day when we reaffirm our strong commitment to bring an end to one of the most serious and wide-scale violation of the rights of women and girls.

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COVID-19 increasing risk of female genital mutilation
UN News, 06 Feb 2021

In 2018, it was estimated by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) that globally 68 million girls were at risk; now the figure stands at 70 million.

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