26 Jun 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights


Libya: Women human rights defenders still under attack, four years after activist’s assassination
by Amnesty International, 25 Jun 2018

The Libyan authorities must do more to protect women human rights defenders in the country and investigate the repeated violent attacks against them, Amnesty International said today, four years after the killing of renowned Libyan human rights lawyer and activist Salwa Bugaighis.

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Saudi driving ban ends as women's rights activists remain jailed
by Al Jazeera, 24 Jun 2018

Women in Saudi Arabia took to the roads at midnight on Sunday, ushering in the end of the world's last ban on female drivers, long seen as an emblem of women's repression in the conservative Muslim kingdom.
 The lifting of the ban, ordered last September by King Salman, is part of reforms pushed by his young son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in a bid to transform the economy of the world's top oil exporter and open up its cloistered society.

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Women's rights face global pushback from conservativism, fundamentalism – UN experts warn
by UN News, 22 Jun 2018

“Alarming pushbacks have been progressing across regions of the globe”, through what the Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice described as “alliance of conservative political ideologies and religious fundamentalisms,” in its report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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How Sports Can Move the Ball for Women’s Rights Around the World
By Council on Foreign Relations, 19 Jun 2018

When Mary Harvey played on the U.S. women’s soccer team in the late 1980s, she and her team wore used jerseys, earned ten dollars a day and received a handshake for winning the FIFA World Cup in 1991. By comparison, in 1986, the men’s World Cup winners split winnings of $26 million. It wasn’t until 2007 that FIFA began awarding prize money to winners of the women’s World Cup.

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