23 January 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights

NPWJ press release

National Workshop in Ivory Coast to foster effective implementation of UN resolution banning Female Genital Mutilation
by NPWJ, 18 Jan 2018

On 16-17 January 2018, No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ), in partnership with the Fondation Djigui la Grande Espérance and the Inter-African Committee for Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children  (IAC-CIAF), convened a national workshop in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, aimed at fostering the implementation of the resolution calling for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation (A/RES/67/146), adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 20 December 2012.

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One year under Trump: 'An assault on women's health'
By Al Jazeera, 21 Jan 2018

 It was one year ago that millions of women worldwide marched against newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump. The marches were meant to send a message to Trump after a presidential election that "insulted, demonised and threatened" women, immigrants and those from the LGBTQ community and others. "[The march] will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights," organisers declared ahead of the 2017 women's march.

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Kenyan Doctor Goes to Court to Legalise Female Genital Mutilation
by allAfrica, 19 Jan 2018

Nairobi — "I think that even for the decision of female circumcision, a woman can make that decision. And once she has made that decision, she should be able to access the best medical care to have it done."A Kenyan doctor is seeking to legalise female genital mutilation (FGM), arguing that a ban on the internationally condemned practice is unconstitutional and that adult women should be allowed to do what they want with their bodies.

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Women march in Polish cities to demand abortion rights
by The Washington Post, 17 Jan 2018

WARSAW, Poland — Polish abortion rights proponents, most of them women, are marching in Warsaw and elsewhere in Poland to express their opposition to a proposal in parliament to further tighten the country’s already restrictive abortion law. The march, organized by a group known as the Women’s Strike, comes after lawmakers voted recently to refuse to consider a proposal to liberalize the abortion law and moved forward with a separate proposal to tighten the law.

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