10 November 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights


Saudi Arabia considers clemency for female activists ahead of G20
The Guardian, 10 Nov 2020

Saudi Arabia is considering clemency for jailed female activists ahead of its hosting of the G20 summit this month, the Saudi ambassador to the UK has said. The kingdom has been under growing pressure on its human rights record ahead of the summit, which is to be held virtually on 21 and 22 November. This includes the fate of a group of women who were prominent in the campaign for the right to drive. One of the themes of the G20 is women’s empowerment.

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Afghan woman shot, blinded, for getting a job
Reuters, 10 Nov 2020

The last thing 33-year-old Khatera saw were the three men on a motorcycle who attacked her just after she left her job at a police station in Afghanistan’s central Ghazni province, shooting at her and stabbing her with a knife in the eyes. She and local authorities blame the attack on Taliban militants - who deny involvement – and say the assailants acted on a tip-off from her father who vehemently opposed her working outside the home.

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Germany sees a rise in femicide
DW News, 10 Nov 2020

In Germany every day a man tries to kill his partner or ex-partner. Every third day an attempt is successful. Fresh figures showing a continued increase in domestic violence against women was presented in Berlin this week. In the European Union Germany topped the list in the number of femicides in 2018.

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Volunteer mapping project has saved 3'000 girls from FGM in Tanzania, charity says
The Independent, 07 Nov 2020

Some 3’000 Tanzanian girls have escaped female genital mutilation (FGM) in five years after using a volunteer-created mapping project, a British-Tanzanian charity has said. The project has helped rescue teams find teenage girls who have run away from home to avoid being cut and take them to safe houses.

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Lebanon: Broken Promises On Women’s Rights
Human Rights Watch, 04 Nov 2020

Human Rights Watch has submitted a report to the United Nations Committee reviewing Lebanon’s compliance with the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which is tentatively scheduled for June 2021. The country has not made progress to carry out a number of recommendations from its previous review in 2015. 

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