16 March 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights

Articles

Cuomo faces fresh accusations of hypocrisy over his handling of women's rights issues
CNN, 15 Mar 2021

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has long touted himself as a women's rights champion and, with the birth of the #MeToo movement, frequently spoke about his role in reshaping state laws and regulations to meet the moment of reckoning. But as allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior pile up against the third-term Democratic governor, so, too, is another accusation: hypocrisy.

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Thousands march across Australia demanding justice for women
Aljazeera, 15 Mar 2021

Tens of thousands of people have marched in protest across Australia amid widespread shock at allegations of sexual misconduct in the country’s federal parliament and growing concern that the legal system is failing women who are victims of abuse and violence.

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Afghan officials reverse ban on girls singing after outcry
Aljazeera, 15 Mar 2021

A ban on girls singing in public imposed by Afghan education officials last week has been overturned after a social media campaign that included local women uploading videos of themselves belting out their favourite songs. Schoolgirl choirs are a regular feature of official Afghan events, but when education authorities in the capital Kabul banned the participation of girls over the age of 12, it prompted an immediate backlash.

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Sarah Everard: 'Damning' that women feel unsafe exercising alone
BBC News, 15 Mar 2021

It is a "damning indictment" that women feel unsafe to exercise alone outdoors, Wales' education minister has said.

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In Rage Over Sarah Everard Killing, ‘Women’s Bargain’ Is Put on Notice
The New York Times, 14 Mar 2021

The “Reclaim These Streets” movement in Britain asks why the police demand sacrifices of women rather than forcing men to change to end violence.

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Latest session of UN women’s commission focuses on equality in public life
UN News, 12 Mar 2021

Setting a global roadmap for achieving full equality at decision-making tables is among the objectives of the 65th session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which opens in New York on Monday.

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Condemnation of Egypt’s Abuses at UN Rights Body
Human Rights Watch, 12 Mar 2021

Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world expressed their strong support today for a joint declaration by UN member states condemning the human rights situation in Egypt, which was delivered at the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. In the declaration, governments expressed “deep concern” for widespread human rights violations committed with impunity by the Egyptian authorities.

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