14 November 2017 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights


Tanzania: Migrant Domestic Workers in Oman, UAE Abused
By Human Rights Watch, 14 Nov 2017

Tanzanian domestic workers in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) face excessive working hours, unpaid salaries, and physical and sexual abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Abusive visa-sponsorship rules in those countries and gaps in Tanzania’s policies leave the women exposed to exploitation.

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Understanding Morocco's Failure to Pass an Anti-Harassment Law
The Pulitzer Center , 14 Nov 2017

A few weeks after I arrived in Morocco in early August, hundreds of women staged a mass sit-in in Casablanca to protest the sexual assault of a young woman on a public bus. A video showed the woman crying out for help as a group of boys tore off her clothes and assaulted her. No one in the video, including the driver, tried to intervene.

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Abortion in Italy, a Right Wronged
By The New York Times , 13 Nov 2017

 Late last month, Cosimo Borraccino, a left-wing member of the regional council for Apulia, in southern Italy, proposed passing a local law to require the enforcement of national legislation granting women access to abortion. His opponents on the council, mostly from center-right parties, said the bill was unnecessary and that Mr. Borraccino was “slamming into a wall of self-evidence.” Yet when it comes to reproductive rights in Italy, respect of the law is anything but self-evident. In fact, 9 out of 10 gynecologists in Apulia refuse to perform abortions, even though the right to obtain one has been legal since 1978. Nationwide statistics are only slightly less staggering: Seven out of 10 gynecologists in Italy won’t terminate a pregnancy.

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UN Women and the World Bank unveil new data analysis on women and poverty
By UN Women , 09 Nov 2017

More women than men live in poverty, but the incidence of poverty differs by age, marital status, household composition and other factors. For the first time, UN Women and the World Bank have analyzed household survey data for 89 countries by sex, age, household composition and other relevant variables to better understand the profile of the poor. The findings aim to improve policy interventions to eradicate global poverty and meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

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