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

Articles

Refugee women and children ‘at risk of being abandoned’ in Home Office policy shift
The Guardian, 01 Jun 2021

Two-thirds who have been accepted as refugees would have been turned away under proposed changes, data shows. Thousands of women and child refugees will be abandoned if the government's New Plan for Immigration goes ahead, according to research. If agreed by parliament, the rules would mean that most people who would currently be accepted as refugees - meaning those confirmed to have fled war or persecution following rigorous official checks - would no longer have their rights recognised in the UK due to their method of arrival. 

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Disaster patriarchy: how the pandemic has unleashed a war on women
The Guardian, 01 Jun 2021

As Covid-19 has swept the world there has been an explosion of violence against women, and a full-blown assault on their rights. It's time to fight back against a system that allows women to be sacrificed, erased and violated. Covid has unleashed the most severe setback to women's liberation in my lifetime. While watching this happen, I have started to think we are witnessing an outbreak of disaster patriarchy. 

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Kenya: Tricked and Uninformed - Why So Many Young Girls in Kenya Are Getting Pregnant
All Africa, 30 May 2021

The rate of early unitended pregnancy in Kenya is shockingly high. About one in five girls between the ages of 15 and 19 have begun having children. It's worse in some areas that others. For instance, the rate is as high as two in five in Marok and Homa Bay countries. Most of these pregnancies are unplanned and unintended. 

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Why we should stop putting women on trial in sexual assault cases
The Times of India, 29 May 2021

How far we haven't come. For all the supposed awakening that #MeToo was, here we are with the same moth-eaten script that casts women as liars when they report rape. The Goa court judgement that acquitted former Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal of sexually assaulting a junior colleague is a classic specimen of victim-shaming. 

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Median pay for US female CEOs fell two percent in 2020
Al Jazeera, 28 May 2021

Of the 342 CEOs in the Associated Press's and Equilar's compensation survey of S&P 500 companies, only 16 were women - down from 20 a year earlier. Most of the women running the biggest United States companies saw their pay increase last year, even as the coronavirus pandemic hammered the economy and many of their business. Despite those gains, however, the median pay for female chief executives actually fell in 2020. 

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Amid stigma in Croatia, volunteers support women having abortions
Al Jazeera, 27 May 2021

While terminating a pregnancy is legal in Croatia, access to abortion is becoming increasingly challenging. Zorana did not expect the call to come so soon. Two weeks earlier, she had signed up online to be a Brave Sister and was still considering the level of involvement she wanted with the new initiative. The mother-of-two was keen to help, but was nervous about the social implications of being associated with such a group. The Brave Sisters, founded in Spetember last year, sets out to support Croatian women who were having an abortion. 

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ECHR criticises Italian court for referring to ‘red underwear’ in rape case
The Guardian, 27 May 2021

Human rights court says language used was unjustifiable and orders €12,000 payment to woman. The European court of human rights has condemned an Italian court for “reproducing sexist stereotypes” after it referred to a woman’s red underwear and bisexuality as signs of her “ambivalent attitude towards sex” when acquitting six men accused of gang-rape.

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The mothers on the front line of Colombia’s mass protests
Al Jazeera, 26 May 2021

Madres de Primera Linea put their own bodies between police and protesters to prevent escalations of violence in Bogota. The “madres” arrive before evening falls. Wearing construction helmets and bandanas over their faces, and clutching makeshift plywood shields, they join a boisterous crowd of protesters at Portal de Las Americas, a bus station in southwest Bogota and one of the epicentres of Colombia’s ongoing national strike.

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