11 Dec 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights


Oppressive, sexist policies galvanize bold fight for women’s rights in 2018
Amnesty International , 10 Dec 2018

Women activists around the world have been at the forefront of the battle for human rights in 2018, Amnesty International said today as it launched its review on the state of human rights over the past year. The human rights group also warns that the actions of “tough guy” world leaders pushing misogynistic, xenophobic and homophobic policies has placed freedoms and rights that were won long ago in fresh jeopardy.

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Tanzania: New Approach to End FGM Bears Fruit
All Africa, 10 Dec 2018

A NEW approach to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in Tanzania is now bearing fruit in areas the practice is still practised. The approach involves engaging traditional circumcisers and clan heads, who are influential in fighting against the practice.

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Death sentence for raped teen in Sudan named world's worst case for women's rights
Reuters, 10 Dec 2018

The death sentence for a 19-year-old girl in Sudan who murdered her husband after he tried to rape her was named on Tuesday as the world’s worst court ruling for women’s rights this year. Noura Hussein was sentenced to death in May after a Sharia court, which follows Islamic religious laws, found her guilty of premeditated murder for stabbing her husband, whom she was forced to marry.

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With US Federal FGM Law Struck Down, Attention Shifts to States
Voice of America, 10 Dec 2018

When a U.S. district judge last month ruled a federal ban on female genital mutilation unconstitutional, he undercut the federal government and alarmed anti-FGM activists, who hope to eradicate the practice. The World Health Organization calls FGM, also known as female circumcision, a human rights violation of women and girls, with no health benefits. Some 200 million women and girls around the world, mainly in Africa, have experienced FGM, the WHO says.

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What it means to be a women's rights activist in Saudi Arabia
Al Jazeera, 10 Dec 2018

I first met Eman Al Nafjan in October 2006, just before she took up blogging and activism. At that time she was still working as an English instructor at the King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Science (KSAU) located within the heavily guarded Saudi Arabian National Guard compound on the outskirts of Riyadh. I was one of her students.

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Thousands in Argentina protest acquittal in teenage girl's murder
Al Jazeera, 06 Dec 2018

Thousands of Argentinians took to the streets on Wednesday to join feminist groups and labour unions protesting a court ruling that acquitted two men accused of sexually abusing and killing a 16-year-old girl in 2016.

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