24 July 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights


The big gains for women’s rights in the Middle East, explained
by The Washington Post, 23 Jul 2018

Saudi Arabia, under the initiative of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, gave women in the kingdom the right to drive. Saudi Arabia has been the only country in the world to ban women from driving — an internationally recognized symbol of unequal status. Along with the ability to drive has come new rights and freedoms: the ability to join the military, work in intelligence services and attend sporting events and concerts. A senior cleric even commented that women should not be required to wear the abaya.

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Brexit could be a big step backward for women's rights, report says
by CNN, 23 Jul 2018

Brexit may threaten years of work made toward improving gender equality in the United Kingdom by eroding employment rights for women and cutting funding for women's services, according to a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The report, "Pressing for progress: women's rights and gender equality in 2018," was published Monday and is the organization's largest review of women's rights.

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Father defends use of FGM despite death of his 10-year-old daughter
by The Independent, 23 Jul 2018

The father of a 10-year-old girl who died after undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) in Somalia had defended the practice, saying he is “content” the procedure remains widespread. Deeqa Dahir Nuur is understood to have been killed by blood loss several days after being subjected to FGM in the village of Olol in Galmudug state.

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Tanzania: FGM Now Down to 32pc in Tarime
by AllAfrica, 23 Jul 2018

THE Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has significantly dropped in Tarime District from 72 to 32 per cent, thanks to an on-going campaign aimed at ending this despicable practice in the district. Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr Faustine Ndugulile, who was in Tarime for a visit on Friday commended the campaign, saying he hoped FGM would soon be history in Tarime and other parts of Mara Region.

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