13 August 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM and Women's Rights


Northern Irish doctors’ group to fight abortion pill prosecutions
The Guardian, 11 Aug 2019

 A new pro-choice doctors’ organisation has been established in Northern Ireland to defend physician-patient confidentiality over the use of banned abortion pills.

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Femicide is a crime against all humanity
El Pais, 11 Aug 2019

In Latin America and the Caribbean, 12 women and girls are killed every day. However, 98% of cases go unprosecuted. Gender equality and women’s rights are fundamental to securing a better future for all. They lie at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by all United Nations Member States.

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Saudis May Have Hailed 'Historic' Reform, but Women's Rights Can Still Be Thwarted by Male Relatives
Haaretz, 10 Aug 2019

Saudi officials have hailed as "historic" new rights granted to women in Saudi Arabia that further dismantle its heavily criticised guardianship system, but male relatives could still find ways to thwart these freedoms.

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Sierra Leone: Seeking to Save Money, Sierra Leone Village Gives Up FGM
allAfrica, 08 Aug 2019

A two-week festival of initiations happens several times a year and costs the entire village dear, requiring new clothes, a feast, and fees to be paid by parents and cutters. Salimatu Kanu trained for four years at the shrine in her Sierra Leonean village to become a "sowei" - women who initiate girls into adulthood through female genital mutilation (FGM).

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