12 September 2023 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM (female genital mutilation) & Women’s Rights


Female Mutilation Has Increased Significantly in Recent Years: UN
The Messenger News, 11 Sep 2023

The UN reported that just under four million young women and girls were at risk for genital mutilation in 2015. That number jumped to 4.3 million in 2023 and experts predict that if the practice continues, up to 4.6 million women and girls will be at risk of receiving the procedures.

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US Supreme Court asked to review abortion pill access restrictions
Le Monde, 09 Sep 2023

The Biden administration and Danco Laboratories have jointly appealed to reverse a ruling restricting mail-order access to mifepristone, a widely used abortion pill central to the most common abortion method in the US.

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France’s top court rejects appeal against ban on wearing abaya in schools
Al Jazeera, 08 Sep 2023

France’s top administrative court has upheld a government ban on the wearing of traditional abaya  – long and loose garments worn by some Muslim women – in public schools, dismissing complaints that the ban was discriminatory and could incite hatred.

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Latin America women’s rights groups say their abortion win in Mexico may hold the key to US struggle
AP News, 08 Sep 2023

Mexico’s Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out all federal criminal penalties for abortion, ruling that national laws prohibiting the procedure were unconstitutional and violate women’s rights.

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Global Support Is Growing to End Female Genital Mutilation
Boston University News, 08 Sep 2023

A new study analyzed Twitter conversations about the practice that is widely regarded as a violation of human rights, and found that public perception has shifted from advocating against FGM/C to ending it entirely.

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FG to establish mobile courts to tackle female genital mutilation
The Guardian Nigeria News, 08 Sep 2023

The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has concluded plans to set up mobile courts to try suspected perpetrators of female genital mutilation (FGM), rape, child trafficking and similar vices.

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