09 January 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights

Articles

‘I’m Struggling to Survive’: For Rohingya Women, Abuse Continues in Camps
by Hannah Beech (New York Times), 09 Jan 2018

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh — Denied citizenship by Myanmar’s government and targeted by what the United States calls ethnic cleansing, the Rohingya are among the most mistreated people on earth. And within this traumatized population, women are uniquely vulnerable. All too often, a Rohingya woman is fated to be passed, like chattel, from man to man — father to husband, soldier to sex trafficker — even in the supposed safety of the refugee camp.
 
 

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‘They Told Me I Would Be A Soldier’: The DRC Conflict’s Forgotten Girls
by Fabiola Ortiz (News Deeply), 09 Jan 2018

Girls make up between 30-40 percent of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They face greater stigma than boys when trying to reintegrate into their communities, but demobilization programs are not taking their specific needs into account, experts say.

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Ghana Discrimination Violence Against LGBT People
by HRW, 09 Jan 2018

(Accra) – Ghanaians who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) suffer widespread discrimination and abuse both in public and in family settings, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. While some Ghanaian officials have publicly called for an end to violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the government has yet to repeal a colonial-era law that criminalizes same-sex activity.

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Kenya: Sexual Violence Marred Elections
by HRW, 09 Jan 2018

(Nairobi) – Widespread sexual violence marred Kenya’s 2017 elections, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Kenyan government should urgently take steps to protect women and girls, as well as men and boys, from sexual violence. The 31-page report, “‘They Were Men in Uniform’: Sexual Violence against Women and Girls in Kenya’s 2017 Elections,” documents the devastating physical, mental, social, and economic impact of gender-based violence and serious human rights abuses surrounding the recent elections. 
 
 

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