19 September 2017 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights


'Girls aren't less than boys': Kabul's female veterinarians hope to cure inequality
By The Guardian, 18 Sep 2017

Unpredictable and indiscriminate bomb blasts don’t deter the three women heading up Afghanistan’s only large-scale animal shelter and veterinary clinic, in Kabul. Neither do the attitudes of the people who told them they couldn’t, or shouldn’t, be vets. Afghanistan is one of the lowest-ranked countries in the world for gender equality. In this strictly patriarchal society, women are still traditionally married off soon after school age and remain housewives for the rest of their lives. They may face imprisonment for running away from home and many are still behind bars for “moral crimes”.

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Mexicans march against femicide after teen's murder
By Al Jazeera, 18 Sep 2017

Holding signs that read "ni una mas" (not one more) and "no fue tu culpa" (it was not your fault), thousands marched across cities in Mexico on Sunday, calling for government action against femicide after a 19-year-old was found dead after using a ride-hailing app. The body of Mara Fernanda Castilla was found near a motel in the central Mexican state of Puebla on Friday after she went missing a week earlier.

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Presidents of Malawi, Uganda and Zambia call for accelerated action to end child marriage in Africa
By UN Women , 18 Sep 2017

On the margins of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, the governments of Zambia and Canada, with support from UN Women, UNICEF, UNFPA and the African Union Commission, hosted a high-level side event for global leaders to renew their commitments and accelerate efforts to end child marriage in Africa by 2030.

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Feminism and the Future of Philosophy
The New York Times, 18 Sep 2017

“There is a deep well of rage inside of me. Rage about how I as an individual have been treated in philosophy; rage about how others I know have been treated; and rage about the conditions that I’m sure affect many women and minorities in philosophy, and have caused many others to leave.” Those words, written a decade ago by Sally Haslanger, a distinguished professor of philosophy at M.I.T., well express the moral energy behind the feminist ferment currently shaking American philosophy.

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Tunisian Muslim women allowed to marry non-Muslims for first time in decades
By The Independent , 15 Sep 2017

Tunisian women will be allowed to marry non-Muslim men legally for the first time in 44 years, after a controversial ban was lifted. Last month, 90-year-old president Beji Caid Essebsi argued that the ban violated Tunisia's constitution, and set up a female-led commission to revise the rules.

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