10 Mar 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM and Women's Rights


In Mexico, Women Go on Strike Nationwide to Protest Violence
The New York Times, 09 Mar 2020

MEXICO CITY — Tens of thousands of women vanished from streets, offices and classrooms across Mexico on Monday, part of a nationwide strike to protest the violence they suffer and to demand government action against it. The women’s absence from public spaces was intended to be a reminder that every day, 10 women in Mexico are killed — and so disappear forever, organizers said. “It is no longer possible to continue living in a country where a woman can be murdered in a brutal way, without any consequence, and in a culture that allows for it to happen,” said Lorena Wolffer, an artist and feminist activist.

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How is Europe doing on women's rights and gender equality?
France24, 09 Mar 2020

In terms of gender equality, 21 of the EU's member states are in the top 30 in the world, according to the United Nations - but inequalities remain in both the member states and within institutions. So where is progress still needed? How can member states even out the gaps between the rights of women and men? And what role is there for the European Union itself? We put these questions to our panel of MEPs. 

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Spain needs to combat obstetric violence - UN experts
OHCHR, 09 Mar 2020

GENEVA (9 March 2020) - A woman in Spain who went through unnecessary medical interventions during childbirth, including having labour induced without apparent justification, was subjected to obstetric violence, UN women rights experts have found. The experts from the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) were responding to a complaint brought by the woman who suffered lasting physical and mental trauma as a result of what happened to her during childbirth. In their findings - the first time CEDAW has made a decision related to obstetric violence - the experts urge Spain to adopt public policies to combat such treatment.  Obstetric violence includes mistreatment as well as verbal and physical abuse.

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International Women's Day: events highlighting gender inequality take place around the world - as it happened
The Guardian, 09 Mar 2020

Alright folks, we’re signing off on what was an incredible International Women’s Day. Thousands of women and allies gathered in cities across the world to protest for women’s rights and protection against violence. Demonstrations were seen in over a dozen countries, from Pakistan to Argentina. For some, the risks of protesting were great. In many cities, women were often met with counter-protestors, sometimes in the form of riot police who used tear gas to disperse crowds. No matter the risk, women showed up and demanded to be heard, showing the fight for rights will continue well past this day for women.

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Kyrgyzstan: Women's rights protesters assaulted, by men
AlJazeera, 08 Mar 2020

Police in Kyrgyzstan have detained dozens of protesters, mostly women, at a rally to mark International Women's Day after masked men attacked them and tore up their placards. Dozens of women were placed in police vehicles in the centre of the capital, Bishkek, where women's groups had begun to rally against gender-based violence on Sunday, according to an AFP news agency correspondent. The detentions of the women came after they were attacked by the masked men, some of whom wore traditional Kyrgyz white felt hats. The attackers tore up the protesters' posters, popped balloons with toy pistols and threw eggs at the women before fleeing the scene.

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A crucial moment for women’s rights in Afghanistan
Human Rights Watch, 05 Mar 2020

This is a moment of both fear and hope for Afghan women — and an urgent time for the world to support their hard-won rights. The Feb. 29 deal between the US and the Taliban could pave the way for a peace that Afghans desperately seek. But there are huge risks for women’s rights in this process. Women have suffered deeply during Afghanistan’s 40 years of war, and they desperately long for peace. They have also fought ferociously for equality in the years since the fall of the Taliban government and have made great progress. Today there are women ministers and governors and judges and police and soldiers, and Afghanistan’s parliament has a higher percentage of women than does the US Congress. But Afghan women’s rights activists have faced resistance from the Afghan government — and lack of support from international donors — as they fought for their rightful place at the negotiating table for peace talks.

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