21 February 2023 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM and Women's Rights


The Taliban Has Banned Use Of Contraception For Women
Women's Health, 21 Feb 2023

It’s been revealed that the Taliban has moved to yet further restrict women’s rights, banning the use of contraception in two cities. For women based in Kabul and Mazari-i, contraception will no longer be permitted as the Taliban claims it is used by women as part of a Western agenda to control the Muslim population. As a result, pharmacies in these cities have been ordered to dispose of all contraception, including birth control medicines and devices, and to stop selling them, according to reports from The Guardian.


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International Community Commends Liberia’s Council of Chiefs and Elders for Declaring FGM Ban in All Parts of Liberia’s 15 Counties
FrontPageAfrica, 21 Feb 2023

The international community in Liberia has welcomed the ban on the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Liberia, as declared by the Chairperson of the National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia (NACCEL), Chief Zanzan Karwor. The Chairperson of NACCEL, Chief Zanzan Karwor, at the official closure ceremony which coincided with the observance of the International Day of Zero tolerance for FGM, made the pronouncement of the ban on all forms of FGM practices in Liberia.


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Anti-strike bill discriminates against women, say campaigners
The Guardian, 21 Feb 2023

Feminist campaign groups have raised the alarm about the government’s anti-strike bill, which will enforce minimum service levels, saying women’s rights will be disproportionately affected by the restrictions. In a letter to the equalities minister Kemi Badenoch, a coalition of four organisations as well as the TUC said that public services with a predominantly female workforce including health and education would have their rights affected by the bill.


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DR Congo: Rwandan-backed M23 rebels perpetrating summary killings and rapes
Amnesty International, 17 Feb 2023

Survivors and other witnesses said that between 21-30 November 2022 fighters for the Rwandan- backed M23 group summarily killed at least 20 men and raped at least 66 women and girls, mainly in Kishishe, a small town located about 100km north of Goma, the capital of North-Kivu province.


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Kentucky high court upholds state abortion bans while case continues
Npr, 16 Feb 2023

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that the state's near-total bans on abortion will remain in place while a lawsuit over the matter continues. The bans include a six-week ban and a trigger law, which have been in place since August of last year. The decision has been closely watched as it comes just months after voters weighed in on the issue of abortion rights and signaled support for abortion rights at the ballot box.


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LBQ+ Women Face Brutal Attacks, Discrimination at Every Turn
Human Rights Watch, 14 Feb 2023

Lesbian, bisexual, and queer (LBQ+) women and non-binary people around the world face violence from security forces, family members, and others, along with widespread discrimination that prevents them from building relationships, homes, and families, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.


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