11 January 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights

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'Exploitation and enslavement': Two Nigerian migrants take rights case to UN Committee
By InfoMigrants, 10 Jan 2022

 Two Nigerian migrants have taken a case against Italy and Libya to a UN Committee. The two women, with the help of a legal rights association in Italy, claim that Italy and Libya failed to protect their human rights as women and left them at risk of trafficking, exploitation and abuse.

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Female DJs step up and break taboos in Tunisia
By EuroNews, 10 Jan 2022

Olfa Arfaoui has been aware of gender inequality since she was young. She has actively represented women, working on a development project for gender equality in her home country, Tunisia. She opened La Fabrique, an art studio for women promoting artists and creatives. "We equip women with the skills and tools to build their careers and offer them the opportunities to enter a safe and inclusive workplace in art and culture," she tells Scenes.
 

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Outspoken Saudi princess returns home after nearly three years in jail
By The Guardian, 09 Jan 2022

A Saudi princess and human rights advocate has returned to her home in Jeddah after three years in a state prison without charge, her supporters and lawyer have confirmed. Princess Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, 57, a staunch critic of her cousin and Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader, Mohammed bin Salman, was released on Saturday, along with her daughter, Souhoud Al Sharif, who was arrested with her in March 2019.
 

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Delhi HC hears pleas for criminalising marital rape
By The Times of India, 08 Jan 2022

After a gap of a few years, Delhi High Court on Friday resumed substantive hearing on a batch of petitions seeking to criminalize marital rape. A bench of Justice Rajiv Shakdher and C Hari Shankar heard arguments from the petitioner organisations that want the court to strike down an exception granted under Indian Penal Code protecting husbands from being booked for raping their wives.
 

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‘If I stay I will die’: Thousands of female ex-security agents trapped in Afghanistan ‘at risk’ from Taliban
By The Indipendent, 08 Jan 2022

Thousands of women who formerly worked as national security agents in Afghanistan are trapped in the country at profound risk from the Taliban, The Independent understands. The National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s national intelligence and security service, was disbanded by the Taliban after they gained control of the capital, Kabul, in August. Agents at the NDS had worked closely with the UK and the US, carrying out surveillance operations on the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
 
 

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First female judge nominated for Pakistan’s supreme court
By The Guardian, 07 Jan 2022

Pakistan’s top judicial commission has nominated a female judge to the supreme court for the first time in the country’s history. The move to pave the way for Justice Ayesha Malik to join the court has been widely praised by lawyers and civil society activists as a defining moment in the struggle for gender equality in Pakistan. The parliamentary secretary for law and justice, Maleeka Bokhari, called it a “shattering of the glass ceiling”.
 

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Taliban orders shop owners to remove heads of mannequins
By Aljazeera, 05 Jan 2022

The Taliban has ordered shop owners in western Afghanistan to remove the heads of mannequins, insisting the life-sized figures violate Islamic law, according to a report. A video clip showing men sawing the plastic heads off female dummies went viral on social media, the AFP news agency reported on Wednesday.
 

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