21 Aug 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights


FGM doesn't become religious practice due to age-old practice
Business Standard , 20 Aug 2018

The Supreme Court said today the argument that female genital mutilation (FGM) of minor girls of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community is being practised from tenth century is not "sufficient" to hold that this formed part of the "essential religious practice", which cannot be scrutinised by court. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra was responding to submissions of senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for a Muslim group, that this was an old practice which formed part of "essential religious practice" and, hence, was not open to judicial scrutiny.

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Caribbean gender experts say fostering gender equality and women’s rights is indispensable for the region’s sustainable development
St. Lucia News Online, 20 Aug 2018

Among the obstacles faced by Caribbean women, countries noted the serious constraints faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS), due to their middle-income country status, highly indebted situation, heavy dependence on tourism, and vulnerability to climate change and environmental hazards, that negatively impact policies and programmes aimed at advancing women’s autonomy. In fact, despite efforts made by Caribbean countries, serious obstacles still remain in the subregion, including high rates of gender-based violence and the fact that gender occupational stereotypes and discriminatory practices in the labour market, often reinforced by the lack of recognition of the value of their domestic and care work, still characterize the labour market in the subregion.

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An advocacy group in New York City wants people to stop circumcising their infant sons
Independent, 20 Aug 2018

An advocacy group is protesting male circumcision on the streets of New York City in the hopes that the common procedure will no longer be carried out on infants. Intaction - a play on the words intact and action - aims to convince American men, women, and doctors that neonatal circumcision is a violation of human rights.

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Women From the Bohra Community Are Fighting Against Female Genital Mutilation To Win Back Their Freedom
News 18, 15 Aug 2018

India celebrates its 72nd Independence Day this year but the fight for freedom is far from over for several women of the Dawoodi Bohra Community, who are seeking a ban on the practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) -- a religious practice in the Bohra community which violates women’s freedom to have control over their own body, their right to privacy, and their sexual freedom.

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US women’s rights campaigner accused of sexual harassment
The Guardian , 15 Aug 2018

An eminent sociologist and high profile women’s rights campaigner has stepped down indefinitely from the board of a gender equality group following allegations of sexual harassment. Michael Kimmel, distinguished professor of sociology at Stony Brook University in New York, has resigned from the board of Promundo, an initiative that promotes gender justice by engaging men and boys.

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