22 May 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights


A Place of Her Own: Women’s Right to Land
By Council on Foreign Relations , 21 May 2018

Last month, Liberian women activists marched to the presidential palace to protest the country's 2017 Land Rights Act. Concerned for communities dependent on ancestry land for food and income, advocates called for President George Weah to ensure that legislation protects the rights of women and rural Liberians from privatization. From inheritance practices to legal barriers to women owning land at all, Liberian women are not alone in their fight. Governments globally must reform land rights practices that harm women and hinder economic growth.

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As polls narrow before the abortion vote, is rural Ireland setting up a Brexit moment?
by Emma Graham-Harrison, The Guardian, 20 May 2018

As Ireland heads into the last week of campaigning for its historic referendum on abortion, the long shadow of two recent surprise election results – the Brexit referendum across the Irish sea, and Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 US presidential poll – is hanging over Irish voters. They will decide on Friday whether to repeal an amendment dating back to the 1980s that enshrined in the constitution a near-total ban on abortion. The controls are the strictest in any western democracy, meaning that the battle has been closely watched by anti-abortion activists across the world.

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Female Legislative Caucus of Liberia Inducts New Leadership
by Front Page Africa Online, 18 May 2018

At the Ceremony held in the rotunda of the Capitol Building on Tuesday, May 15, the newly inducted Chairperson of the Caucus, Rep. Rosanna G.D. H. Schaack (Rivercess County Dist.#1) outlined that working with their male counterparts to ensure the passage of several bills that have been languishing in committee rooms.
The bills include the Domestic Violence, the Land Rights and the Affirmative Action bills as well as the Constitution Review Procedures.
“With the low number of women representation in the Legislature, the challenge on hand for the caucus is getting the support of our male counterparts to work with us for the greater good of our constituents,” she said.

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Saudi Arabia: Women’s Rights Advocates Arrested
by Human Rights Watch, 18 May 2018

(Beirut) – Saudi authorities since May 15, 2018, detained a total of seven prominent women’s rights defenders, Human Rights Watch said today. The activists have long advocated ending the ban on women driving and abolishing the discriminatory male guardianship system. Among those arrested are Eman al-Nafjan and Lujain al-Hathloul, along with two male activists, but authorities have not revealed the reason behind the arrests.

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Angola Consolidates Partnerships for Women's Rights and Promotion
by All Africa, 17 May 2018

Addis Ababa — Angola's Ministry of Social Action, Family and Women Promotion (MASFAMU) is committed to consolidating partnerships and exchanging experiences with other African countries and organisations to ensure women's rights, promotion and empowerment.
This is expressed in a note from the Press Office of Angolan Embassy in Ethiopia, the Permanent Representation to the African Union and CEA, sent to ANGOP Thursday.

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