18 June 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM and Women's Rights


UN Women Executive Director To Attend The 1st African Summit On FGM And Child Marriage In Senegal
africa.com, 18 Jun 2019

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will represent the United Nations at the 1st African Summit on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Marriage (CM), taking place in Dakar, Senegal on June 16-18. The objective of the summit is to translate the commitment of governments, religious leaders, traditional leaders, and other stakeholders to end FGM and CM in Africa into action. It will bring together survivors/activists at the forefront of the fight, with all stakeholders to forge a way forward. Discussions will focus on the impact of these harmful, violent, and discriminatory practices that still exist in some countries on the African continent.

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Women rally for equal pay, gender parity in Switzerland
Al Jazeera, 14 Jun 2019

Tens of thousands of women have joined a general strike in Switzerland to demand gender equality and better representation in the public sphere. Under slogans including "If women want they can block the nation" and "Women's rights are human rights", protesters on Friday took to the streets in Geneva, Zurich, Lausanne, Lugano and other major Swiss cities.

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Give women a say in women’s rights issues, say several feminist organisations
The Brussels Times, 14 Jun 2019

Several feminist organisations have sent a road map to various political parties so that they set women’s issues as core to forthcoming government declarations. This list of grievances – sent by groups including the Group for an End to the Sexual Mutilation of Women (Gams Belgium), the World according to Women and Female Life -have followed on from a memorandum sent by the sector prior to the elections of last May. They included “20 essential measures” to be taken into account during the preparation of statements within the various tiers of government.

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Uganda jails hundreds of men for sex offences against women and girls
The Guardian, 13 Jun 2019

Hundreds of men in Uganda have been jailed for sexual offences against girls and women during a month of special court sessions to clear a backlog of cases. Between November and December last year, 414 men and nine women were found guilty during 13 trials held in selected courts in 13 districts around the country, according to the justice, law and order sector, a body that brings together government ministries working on legal matters.

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