26 September 2017 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights


Tanzania: Fresh FGM Concerns Raised
By All Africa , 25 Sep 2017

Tanzania is among the nations that outlawed the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) for girls below the age of 18. It was a good idea and has saved thousands of young girls from suffering health and psychological effects of the practice. Some tribes, however, still cannot let go of the tradition, which has claimed the lives of a lot of girls.

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Women in the greatest need are being let down by a lack of local support
By The Guardian, 25 Sep 2017

 New map shows women in England and Wales facing multiple disadvantage are being put at risk by confusing, fragmented or non-existent local services . Nobody ever turned up to a substance misuse clinic in need of support solely for substance misuse, says Pip Williams, who spent 26 years living with alcohol and drug dependency. At the same time, she grappled withmental health issues, an abusive relationship, homelessness and periods of losing her children to care. “When you’re a woman with multiple issues you face a choice: we have to deal with what’s killing us first – is it substance misuse or is it domestic violence,” she explains. “Support for those things can only be accessed in silos; there needs to be a place where woman can get holistic help for it all – and before they reach crisis.”

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‘Honor’ Killings Continue in Pakistan Despite New Law
By Human Rights Watch, 25 Sep 2017

On September 20, a man in Peshawar killed his two daughters because he thought they had boyfriends, and felt “ashamed” – the latest in a series of recent horrific acts of violence perpetrated in the name of “honor.” In a patriarchal culture like Pakistan’s, where domestic violence is rampant, it is not unusual for men to murder female relatives to punish behavior they deem unacceptable. In most reported cases, the harshest punishments on grounds of “honor” come from male-dominated jirgas, tribal and village councils.

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European Union and United Nations Launch Spotlight Initiative to End Violence Against Women
By Center for Reproductive Rights, 21 Sep 2017

This week the European Union and the United Nations kicked off a new, global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls – The Spotlight Initiative. The Spotlight Initiative was announced at a high-level event at the United Nations, led by the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, and the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica. The Initiative aims to place the elimination of violence against women at the center of efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The European Union is committing 500 million EUR in funding to the Spotlight Initiative.

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