14 Apr 2020 – NPWJ News Digest on FGM and Women's Rights


Poland: Reject New Curbs on Abortion, Sex Ed
Human Rights Watch, 14 Apr 2020

 (London) – Poland’s Parliament will consider regressive legislation this week that would restrict sexual and reproductive health and rights and put the lives and well-being of women and adolescents at risk, Human Rights Watch said today. The legislation is scheduled for reading on April 15 or 16, 2020 as the country remains under a COVID-19-related state of emergency that bans group gatherings.

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South Korea's first feminist party holds out hope of election miracle
The Guardian, 14 Apr 2020

Two years year after South Korea became the centre of Asia’s #MeToo movement, the country’s first feminist party is hoping to keep women’s issues on the political agenda by winning seats in Wednesday’s national assembly elections. In a campaign dominated by the government’s response to the coronavirus epidemic, the newly formed Women’s party has warned that South Korea’s poor record on sexual discrimination and violence risked being overlooked. 

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"Put women and girls at the centre of efforts to recover from COVID-19"
UN News, 09 Apr 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone, everywhere. But it affects different groups of people differently, deepening existing inequalities. Early data indicates that the mortality rates from COVID-19 may be higher for men. But the pandemic is having devastating social and economic consequences for women and girls. Today we are launching a report that shows how COVID-19 could reverse the limited progress that has been made on gender equality and women’s rights – and recommends ways to put women’s leadership and contributions at the heart of resilience and recovery. 

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Europe: Abortion Curbs Endanger Women, Girls in Pandemic
Human Rights Watch, 08 Apr 2020

(Brussels) – European governments should urgently guarantee safe and timely access to abortion care for women and girls in the region during the COVID-19 pandemic, 100 nongovernmental organizations said today. Many women and girls in Europe are struggling to safely access abortion care during the pandemic as barriers caused by highly restrictive abortion laws and onerous administrative requirements to access abortion services make safe access to this essential health care extremely difficult. 

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How the coronavirus crisis is hurting women
El País , 06 Apr 2020

To protect herself from contracting the coronavirus, Dr. Adele Teodoro, a gynecologist in private practice in Milan, could have chosen to cancel her patients’ appointments and go into quarantine like most people in Italy. Instead, she has continued to work. “I haven’t had the courage to abandon my pregnant patients,” she says. “We have to do check-ups every month. I follow all the necessary protective measures to ensure continuous care.” 

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