22 June 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights

NPWJ press release

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict: Combatting Stigma, Empowering Survivors and Strengthening Accountability
NPWJ Press Release, 19 Jun 2021

Sexual violence is present wherever there is conflict, yet it was only after the wars in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia in 1994 that the international community started to become increasingly aware and concerned about these crimes. The ICTY, the ICTR and the International Criminal Court contributed to the recognition of conflict-related sexual violence as being very serious and of international concern. To increase its awareness further, in 2015 the General Assembly proclaimed 19 June as a day to call for the elimination of sexual violence in conflict.

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UN experts urge Tehran to release female human rights defender
Arab News, 21 Jun 2021

Independent human rights and political experts working on behalf of the UN have urged Tehran to release Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer and outspoken defender of human rights in Iran, and decried her recent transfer to another prison under “dire conditions.” Sotoudeh has been detained since June 2018 and faces a total of 38 years behind bars on nine charges, including “encouraging corruption and prostitution.”

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UN women’s rights committee to discuss rights of indigenous women and girls
OHCHR , 21 Jun 2021

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) will hold a day of general discussion online on 24 June to discuss the rights of indigenous women and girls. Indigenous women and girls experience multiple forms of discrimination, including lack of access to education, health care and ancestral lands. They also face disproportionately high rates of poverty and are likely to be victims of gender-based violence and sexual abuse.

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Amal Clooney brings to justice Daesh woman who oversaw rape, enslavement of Yazidis
Arab News, 21 Jun 2021

Renowned human rights defender Amal Clooney has secured the prosecution of a Daesh member who abused, enslaved and assisted in the rape of captured Yazidi women. Clooney’s client was a Yazidi woman who was taken and enslaved at the age of 14 by the notorious terrorist group. Her captors were an Algerian woman known as Sarah O. and her husband, a German-Turkish national known as Ismail S. According to the Daily Mail, he remains at large.

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Feminist groups demand action to ‘stop anti-rights infiltration’ at the UN
Open Democracy, 17 Jun 2021

A coalition of more than 20 global organisations are calling on UN agencies to “stop access to decision-making” for opponents of women’s and LGBT rights. The Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs) – which brings together groups including feminist NGO the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and the Coaliton for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) – launched their ‘call to action’ today (17 June) alongside a report called Rights at risk: Time for action.

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How to Close the Gender Gap in Peace Talks
Foreign Policy, 17 Jun 2021

On June 30, a coalition of governments, civil society organizations, and United Nations agencies will meet in Paris at the Generation Equality Forum to launch a global compact to boost women’s inclusion in conflict prevention and resolution. The compact is the culmination of decades of feminist activism, and although women have achieved important gains during this period, increasing their direct representation at the peace table remains elusive.

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South Korea: Internet Sexual Images Ruin Women’s Lives
Human Rights Watch, 15 Jun 2021

Widespread internet posting in South Korea of sexual images of women and girls without their consent is having a devastating impact on the victims, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should be doing more to prevent and respond to these digital sex crimes. The 96-page report, ""My Life is Not Your Porn": Digital Sex Crimes in South Korea" found that despite legal reforms in South Korea, women and girls targeted in digital sex crimes – acts of online and tech-enabled gender-based violence – face significant difficulty in pursuing criminal cases and civil remedies, in part due to entrenched gender inequity.

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