27 March 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM and Women's Rights


Somalia: AMISOM Concludes Gender Awareness Training for Police
by All Africa, 24 Mar 2018

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has concluded gender awareness training for Somali police officers in four regional states in Somalia, to help broaden their knowledge of human rights. Over 98 police officers and other security personnel were trained in Kismayo, Baidoa, Beletweyne, the administrative capitals of Jubbaland, South West states and Hiiraan region respectively, with the most recent being in Adado, the headquarters of Galmudug state.

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Genital Mutilation in Egypt
by Spiegel Online, 23 Mar 2018

Eight out of 10 Egyptian women have undergone female genital mutilation. In Bani Suwaif, an imam and a priest have joined forces to campaign against the practice. But the bloody tradition is firmly embedded in people's minds. The imam gets straight to the point: "Circumcision is a curse," he says. "We need to eradicate this practice because it is nothing more than a barbaric tradition."

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Lebanon’s Failed Mother’s Day Gift New Citizenship Law is Discriminatory and Flawed
by Human Rights Watch, 23 Mar 2018

This week, Lebanon’s foreign minister, Gebran Bassil, announced he would be submitting a draft law to recognize the right of Lebanese mothers married to non-Lebanese men to equality in passing on their nationality to their children. While this is a right that Lebanese women have waited for nearly a century, the proposed law is discriminatory and fatally flawed.

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Tunisian students developing app to protect women
by Al Jazeera, 19 Mar 2018

The new app being developed by a group of university students will allow women to feel safer when moving around on their own.

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