11 August 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights


Sweden provides much needed humanitarian assistance to protect vulnerable women and girls across Yemen
ReliefWeb, 10 Aug 2020

Sana’a, 9 August 2020 – The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has announced an additional contribution of SEK 30 million (US$ 3.1 million) to help UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund provide life-saving protection services to the most vulnerable women and girls, whose protection needs soar as COVID-19 grapples Yemen.

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The Key to an Inclusive Recovery? Putting Women in Decision-Making Roles
The New York Times, 09 Aug 2020

As the world sketches out post-pandemic plans, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the head of U.N. Women, explains why having more women in leadership positions could lead to better results.

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UK’s women’s refuges turn away victims who speak no English
The Guardian, 09 Aug 2020

Women’s charities have raised concerns that victims of domestic violence are being refused places at refuges, even when there is capacity, because they do not speak English. Karma Nirvana, which supports those at risk from forced marriage and “honour”-based violence, said the issue had been exacerbated during lockdown. During that period, there was an increased demand for refuge places and a dearth of interpreters across the public sector.

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Hundreds of girls, women have disappeared during pandemic in Peru
Reuters, 05 Aug 2020

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 900 women and girls have gone missing in Peru during its coronavirus lockdown, a top women’s rights official said on Tuesday, calling for the creation of a national missing persons register to address the “alarming” number of disappearances. Records must be kept to track those who go missing, whether they are found alive or dead and whether they are victims of sex trafficking, domestic violence or femicide, said Isabel Ortiz, a women’s rights commissioner in the National Ombudsman’s office, an independent body that monitors Peru’s human rights.

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