12 June 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights


FGM law change call from 'persecuted' Somali women
by BBC News, 12 Jun 2018

Some Women from Wales' Somali community have said they are being "persecuted" and called for a change to female genital mutilation (FGM) law.
Health workers must report children they believe at risk to social services and report any FGM evidence to police.
Campaigners said FGM was a thing of the past in Wales' Somali community and want to stop being "racially profiled".

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Women march across UK to celebrate 100 years of female suffrage
by The Guardian, 10 Jun 2018

In glorious sunshine the streets of the capitals of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland filled on Sunday afternoon with marching, cheering, singing, chanting women, rejoicing in the centenary of some women winning the right to vote in 1918 – and vowing to continue the struggle for true equality for all.

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Saudi Arabia women 'arrested' in ongoing crackdown on activists
by Al Jazeera, 10 Jun 2018

 Saudi authorities have arrested two more women's rights activist in the last three days, according to a human rights group.
ALQST, a UK-based rights group focusing on Saudi Arabia, said Mayaa al-Zahrani was detained on Saturday for a social media post in support of Nouf Abdulaziz al-Jerawi, a fellow activist arrested on Wednesday when security forces raided her home.

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A Decrease in Child Marriage is Good for Everyone
By Council on Foreign Relations, 08 Jun 2018

A few weeks ago, I found myself in the beautiful Kingdom of Bhutan, taking part in a cross-regional high-level roundtable on ending violence against children. The meeting focused on how to tackle harmful practices that affect children – including child marriage – and how community and religious leaders can help change social norms.

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