18 May 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights

Articles

Chile's women shine in constitution vote as more men need leg-up to stay even
Reuters, 18 May 2021

Chilean women made such a strong showing in elections to pick candidates to draft the country's new constitution that adjustments to ensure the body was equally split between genders had to be made in favor of more men, elections body Servel said on Monday.

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Apps promised to revolutionize dating. But for women they’re mostly terrible
The Guardian, 17 May 2021

Dating app companies, which inhabit a multibillion-dollar industry, have been very adept at co-opting feminism in the marketing of their products as “empowering”. Yet they do next to nothing to help women with their very real concerns. In a 2019 survey by ProPublica and Columbia Journalism Investigations of 1,200 women who said they had used an online dating platform in the past 15 years, “more than a third of the women said they were sexually assaulted by someone they had met through a dating app” and “[o]f these women, more than half said they were raped”. These are astronomical figures, and yet somehow still largely left out of the online dating conversation.

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'It's exhausting': Why women want out of the legal profession
Reuters, 17 May 2021

The results of a recent survey about why lawyers want to leave the profession might have been a surprise to researchers, but Jeena Cho is unfazed.

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The Guardian view on violence against women: focus on the perpetrators
The Guardian, 17 May 2021

A shocking series of murders of women in public places, combined with rising levels of domestic violence and a wave of reports of sexual harassment in schools and colleges, have set alarm bells ringing among all those concerned with the safety of women and girls. Protecting women from male violence, including domestic and sexual violence, has long been among feminists’ main goals – along with political rights and economic independence.

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Kenya: Major Boost for Anti-FGM War in Tharaka Nithi
AllAfrica, 17 May 2021

The war on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Tharaka Nithi County is set to receive a boost after the county assembly adopted an Anti-FGM policy. The document sponsored by Mugwe Ward representative and the Youth, Sports, Culture and Social Services Committee Chairman Mr Denis Mutwiri, recommend a raft of measures including the formation of the Ward Anti-FGM Policy committees to spearhead the fight from the village level.

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In India, the pandemic may turn back the clock on women’s empowerment
The Boston Globe, 17 May 2021

In America, women have borne the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic’s social and economic repercussions, making up the majority of job losses and taking on a disproportionate amount of work in the home. In India, the situation is much more dire: Women and girls worry that they will be forced to return to a time before their voices were heard, their potential was recognized, and their contributions to society were valued.

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Underage marriages increase in Lebanon during pandemic
DW, 15 May 2021

Aid groups in Lebanon say the country's ongoing economic crisis, compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, is forcing more children into underage marriages. "From what we have been able to observe in the field and from what our local partners are telling us, we believe that child marriage is increasing as a result of the difficult circumstances here today," Johanna Eriksson, who heads UNICEF's Child Protection Program in Lebanon, told DW. "It is just one of the negative coping mechanisms that people here are resorting to."

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Tanzania helpline calls time on child marriage and abuse
UN News, 15 May 2021

It was 3 o’clock on a Friday afternoon when Grace*, a counsellor at the National Child Helpline in Tanzania, received a call from a concerned teacher in Msalala, a small town in the remote Shinyanga region in the north-west of the East African country. One of her brightest students Eliza*, aged 13, had not gone to school that day following worrying rumours that her parents intended to marry her off. She learned that they had accepted a payment in the form of a bride dowry from the family of the intended groom.

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