26 January 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights


Covid 'imperils family planning in poorest countries', says global project
The Guardian, 26 Jan 2021

Sixty million more women and girls in the world’s poorest countries are now using modern contraceptives, after an eight-year global effort to expand family planning services. But the FP2020 global partnership, launched in London in 2012, warned that the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting financial crisis imperils further progress.

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Davos meeting: Firms warned not to slide on women’s equality
Aljazeera, 25 Jan 2021

Companies need female employees to help them bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic and must not let gender equality slip off their agenda due to the tough business climate, a virtual meeting of global figures heard on Monday.

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Belgium will combat sexism in the public space
The Brussels Times, 25 Jan 2021

Belgium will focus on combatting sexism in the public space, both in real life and online over the next few months, the interministerial conference for women’s rights decided on Monday.

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Covid-19: Essex student helps 600 refugees out of 'period poverty'
BBC News, 25 Jan 2021

Ella Lambert, 20, from Chelmsford, Essex, started The Pachamama Project during the first coronavirus lockdown. She said she wanted to help women who were unable to buy period products. Nearly 2,500 pads sewn by 150 volunteers have been sent to camps in Greece and Lebanon. Women are given four pads each, which are washable and can be reused for about five years, she said.

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India’s female health workers on rural front line get COVID shot
Aljazeera, 22 Jan 2021

“I was the first to get vaccinated in my village. It felt good. They recognised the work we have done,” [Jyoti Bhambure] told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Khed village in western Maharashtra state. “The recognition came late – but it came finally.”

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Improving gender equality during and after the COVID-19 crisis
EU News, 21 Jan 2021

MEPs [at the European Parliament] examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and proposed measures to protect women's rights and enhance gender equality during and after the crisis.

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