12 January 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights

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Covid-19 claims champion of rural women's rights Sizani Ngubane
The Sunday Times, 11 Jan 2021

Champion of rural women’s rights Sizani Ngubane was laid to rest in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands on Saturday, more than two weeks after she died alone in her home from complications related to Covid-19. Ngubane, 74, was the founder of the Rural Women’s Movement which has been at the forefront of advancing the legal rights of rural women in SA.

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Pope Formalizes Women’s Roles, but Priesthood Stays Out of Reach
The New York Times, 11 Jan 2021

Pope Francis has changed the laws of the Roman Catholic church to formally allow women to give readings from the Bible during Mass, act as altar servers and distribute communion, but they remain barred from becoming deacons or priests.

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Group Takes Legal Action Over Lack of Abortion Services in Northern Ireland
The New York Times, 11 Jan 2021

A human rights group in Northern Ireland is taking legal action against the government over its failure to provide abortion access, the group announced on Monday, highlighting the continuing struggle for safe abortions more than a year after the procedure was legalized in the region.

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Venezuela women's groups halt abortion services after activist arrest
Reuters, 11 Jan 2021

Women’s activists in Venezuela have largely halted unofficial abortion services after the arrest of a university professor who helped a 13-year-old girl to end a pregnancy, according to 10 women’s rights advocates interviewed by Reuters.

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Judge retires to 'find answers' in trans law case
BBC News, 09 Jan 2021

A court has heard that a legal bid to expand the definition of the word "women" to include trans people is not discriminatory. […] the proposed redefinition would mean the meaning of "woman" would be broadened. It would cease to be a "female of any age" and would include trans women, who have the protected characteristics of gender reassignment under the Equality Act 2010.

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Woman sentenced to 3 years for FGM
The Portugal News, 08 Jan 2021

Rugui Djaló, a Guinean citizen residing in Portugal, was sentenced on 8 January, at the Sintra Court, to a three-year prison term for the crime of genital mutilation of her daughter.

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Germany to require women on large firms’ boards
Aljazeera, 06 Jan 2021

German listed companies must include women on their executive boards as part of a landmark bill agreed by the country’s coalition government Wednesday after voluntary efforts failed to close a gender gap.

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