09 March 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights

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Jelena Drenjanin on International Women’s Day: “During the pandemic, women’s rights have suffered setbacks. Cities and regions must help reverse these trends”
Council of Europe, 08 Mar 2021

Congress Spokesperson on Gender Equality, Jelena Drenjanin (Sweden, EPP/CCE), highlighted that, while gender equality is an integral part of our democratic societies, the past year had not seen a breakthrough in women’s rights. “Instead, we see an increase in reactionary trends and hate speech towards women, endangering the progress we have made so far. Cities and regions have a crucial role to play in reversing these trends” she stated, on the occasion of International Women's Day.

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Biden Will Revisit Trump Rules on Campus Sexual Assault
The New York Times, 08 Mar 2021

President Biden on Monday directed the Education Department to conduct an expansive review of all policies on sex and gender discrimination and violence in schools, effectively beginning his promised effort to dismantle Trump-era rules on sexual misconduct that afforded greater protections to students accused of assault.

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Lack of women in key decision-making ‘should not be allowed’ – UN Women chief
UN News, 08 Mar 2021

Exclusion of women in decisions that affect their lives is “bad governance [and] should not be allowed”, the UN Women chief said on Monday, International Women’s Day.

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Syria’s war transformed women’s roles through empowerment
Aljazeera, 08 Mar 2021

A decade of conflict is evolving traditional values towards gender roles as death, injury, emigration and disappearance into President Bashar al-Assad’s notorious jails have deprived tens of thousands of families of their male earners. Women are being thrust into the role of the provider in a way few had experienced previously.

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International Women’s Day: NPWJ calls for enhanced commitment to promote gender equality and protect women’s rights
No Peace Without Justice, 08 Mar 2021

On 8 March the world is observing International Women's Day, celebrating women’s achievements throughout history and throughout the world. This day is also an appropriate occasion to remember and highlight the too many gaps hindering – at various levels and sometimes in a brutal and cruel manner – the process towards the full recognition and protection of women’s rights as universal human rights.

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Proportion of women parliamentarians worldwide reaches ‘all-time high’
UN News, 05 Mar 2021

The proportion of women parliamentarians worldwide reached more than 25 per cent last year– a historic first but still far from gender parity, UN partner the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) announced on Friday ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March.

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UAE: Greater Progress Needed on Women's Rights
Human Rights Watch, 04 Mar 2021

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made important women’s rights reforms in recent years, such as passing new domestic violence protections, but significant discrimination against women and girls remains, Human Rights Watch said today. Laws still provide male guardian authority over women and loopholes allow reduced sentences for men for killing a female relative.

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