13 March 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights

NPWJ press release

International Women’s Day: NPWJ salutes women's fight for human rights worldwide
by NPWJ, 08 Mar 2018

Today the world is observing International Women's Day, celebrating women’s achievements throughout history and throughout the world. This day is also an appropriate occasion to remember the too many gaps hindering – sometimes in a brutal and cruel manner – the process towards the full recognition and protection of women’s rights as universal human rights.

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Man 'allowed FGM to be performed on his daughter as punishment'
by The Guardian, 12 Mar 2018

A father from south London allowed female genital mutilation to be carried out on his daughter as a form of punishment when she was nine, a court heard on Monday. The 50-year-old, who is west African but whose children were born in the UK, allegedly allowed his daughter, now 16, to be cut on two occasions after accusing her of stealing money from the family home.

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Syrian ex-prisoners recall rape, 417 girls still held
by Al Jazeera , 10 Mar 2018

Syrian women who once languished in government-controlled prisons speak about torture and rape at the hands of government guards and investigators, pleading for help hoping to raise awareness of what is going on in government prisons.

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'Historic moment': Abortion to be debated in Argentina's Congress
by Al Jazeera, 09 Mar 2018

Women's rights groups in Argentina are expressing cautious optimism after dozens of politicians introduced legislation that would legalise abortion. The bill, introduced by more than 70 members of Congress on Tuesday, would allow women to have the procedure during the first 14 weeks of her pregnancy.

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Lebanon: 5 Steps to Improve Women’s Rights - Parliament Candidates Should Commit to Reforms
by Human Rights Watch, 08 Mar 2018

(Beirut) – Candidates running in Lebanon's May 6, 2018 parliamentary elections should commit to five key steps to improve women’s rights, Human Rights Watch said today, on International Women’s Day. Political parties should also ensure greater participation of women in parliament by including women on their candidate lists.

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