16 April 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights


The female boxers fighting back in the Congo
The Guardian, 16 Apr 2019

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been branded the rape capital of the world.

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Feds give up on female genital mutilation law, say it's too weak
Detroit Free Press, 16 Apr 2019

In a major blow to the anti-female genital mutilation movement, the Department of Justice has decided it will not fight to uphold America’s FGM law, concluding it is too weak as written and needs to be changed in order to successfully prosecute anyone.

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World's first vagina museum in London to tackle taboos
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 16 Apr 2019

Through workshops and events, the museum will be a space to address issues like female genital mutilation, rape, domestic abuse, and sexual health."It's really important because it's a hugely stigmatised part of the body and that leads to some real world consequences," said the museum's director Schechter, who is currently raising funds for the building.

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The Care Knot: Untangling Women’s Rights and Responsibilities
New Security Beat, 16 Apr 2019

We were all working mothers,” writes American journalist Megan Stack in her recent New Yorker piece about raising two children in India. The women who helped shape her thinking and cleared the way for her writing were migrants who left their own children behind to lovingly care for hers.

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The struggle for women’s rights
Financial Times, 16 Apr 2019

Demographers and family-planning experts are preparing for a golden anniversary this year, as they mark progress since the creation in 1969 of  UNFPA, the United Nations’ population fund, and twenty-five years since the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo.

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