15 February 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights

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Vancouver rallies for missing, murdered Indigenous women
Al Jazeera, 14 Feb 2022

Indigenous women in Canada are seven times more likely than non-Indigenous women to be murdered, advocacy group says. People have marched through Vancouver to honour Indigenous women and girls who were murdered or disappeared over the past decades across Canada, and demand concrete action to address the problem. The annual march through the city’s downtown east side – now in its 31st year – “is an opportunity to come together to grieve the loss of our beloved sisters, remember the women who are still missing, and to dedicate ourselves to justice”, organisers said.

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More women die from FGM, women’s groups call to end the practice
Medical News Today, 14 Feb 2022

The death of a young girl within 24 hours of female genital mutilation (FGM) has led to a united call to end the practice from women’s groups worldwide. Despite years of campaigning, the practice is still widespread. A moderate decline in the practice is not enough to prevent a significant rise in women and girls undergoing the procedure due to population growth. An estimated 200 million women and girls have undergone FGM in over 30 countries.

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Gulf envoys stress women’s rights in meeting with Taliban FM
Al Jazeera, 14 Feb 2022

Ambassadors from Gulf states have underscored the need to guarantee Afghan women’s rights to work and study as they met with their Taliban counterpart in the Qatari capital, Doha. Meeting on Monday with Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, diplomats from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) stressed the necessity of a national reconciliation plan that “respects basic freedoms and rights, including women’s right to work and education”, read a statement from the bloc.

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Four missing Afghan women activists released
France 24, 13 Feb 2022

Four women activists in Afghanistan have been released by the country's "de facto authorities" after going missing weeks ago, the United Nations said Sunday.Since storming back to power in August, the Taliban have cracked down on dissent by forcefully dispersing women's rallies, detaining critics and often beating local journalists covering unsanctioned protests.

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Urgent investment needed to meet UN goal of eliminating FGM by 2030
RFI, 06 Feb 2022

More than 2 million women around the world have experienced genital mutilation, according to the United Nations, with around 4 million girls at risk every year. As it marks the annual International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, the agency warns that funding is key to stamping out the practice, which has regained ground during the Covid pandemic.

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