12 March 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights


Iran: Decades-Long Sentence for Women’s Rights Defender
Human Rights Watch, 12 Mar 2019

The Iranian judiciary’s draconian sentence for a prominent human rights lawyer is an appalling travesty of justice, Human Rights Watch said today. Branch 28 of Tehran’s revolutionary court has reportedly sentenced Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has been in prison since June 2018 serving a 5-year sentence, to an additional 33 years in prison and 148 lashes for her peaceful human rights activism.

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Does culture and tradition always undermine women's human rights?
The Daily Star, 12 Mar 2019

The (in) compatibility of women's human rights and custom, culture and tradition is one of the contested areas where women's rights have historically been and continue to be mediated through cultural practices. While some proponents argue that culture and tradition undermines women's rights, some others favour the culture and tradition that protects women's human rights.

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Female genital mutilation / The women fighting against Singapore’s hidden human rights violation
Southeast Asia Globe, 08 Mar 2019

Despite Singapore’s reputation as a modern hub of progress and prosperity, female genital mutilation and cutting remains widespread among the city-state’s Malay Muslim community. But where the government remains silent, activists have taken the struggle on their own shoulders, fighting for greater community awareness of the practice and calling upon the city-state’s Muslim authority to act.

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The Long Wait for Justice for Women in India
Human Rights Watch, 08 Mar 2019

Good things happen to those who wait – or so the saying goes. However, women and girls who are survivors of sexual violence in India can spend years waiting for justice. In 2014, 13-year-old “Razia,” who lives in a village in Uttarakhand, in northern India, was raped by her brother’s 17-year-old tutor. Razia has an intellectual disability and difficulty speaking. With the support of the Latika Roy Foundation, an organization working with children and adults with disabilities, Razia and her family pursued justice via the courts – and won.

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My sister is in a Saudi jail. Her crime? Campaigning for women’s rights
The Guardian, 07 Mar 2019

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the many achievements of women and stand together to demand equal rights. More and more people worldwide are speaking out against injustices and joining the fight for equality. My sister, Loujain, is one of these brave gender equality activists – and for that she is now in jail. She has dedicated her life to gaining basic women’s rights in our home country of Saudi Arabia, focusing mainly on the women’s driving ban, male guardianship and domestic abuse.

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Model turned activist Waris Dirie says world is ignoring the crime of FGM
Reuters, 07 Mar 2019

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is still occurring because the world is turning a blind eye to a crime against children, Waris Dirie, the Somali nomad turned supermodel, told Reuters on Thursday. Dirie has used her fame as a Pirelli calendar model and a “Bond girl” playing opposite Timothy Dalton in “The Living Daylights” to campaign against female circumcision.

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