27 October 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights


Parliament launches its first European Gender Equality Week
EU News, 27 Oct 2020

2020 sees the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This important milestone provides an opportunity to discuss the achievements and future challenges for the advancement of girls' and women's rights and gender equality. Therefore, the European Parliament, at the initiative of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee, decided to hold for the first time a European Gender Equality Week from Monday 26 to Thursday 29 October.

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Passengers ‘strip searched’ after baby found at Doha airport
Aljazeera, 26 Oct 2020

More than a dozen female passengers were subjected to “invasive” and “humiliating” internal exams in Qatar after a newborn infant was found abandoned at the Doha airport, Australian media have reported, in an incident the country’s government protested as “offensive” and “grossly inappropriate”.
The outcry came after Seven Network News reported on Sunday that passengers at Doha’s Hamad International Airport (HIA), including 13 Australians, were removed from flights, detained and “forced to undergo an inspection” in an ambulance on the tarmac.

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Polish women disrupt church services in protest at abortion ban
CNN, 26 Oct 2020

Protesters have disrupted church services across Poland in the latest in a series of demonstrations following a near-total ban on abortion, announced last week.
Sunday marked the fourth day of protests after Poland's top court ruled on Thursday that abortion due to fetal defects is unconstitutional -- meaning that the only circumstances in which termination is legal are in cases of rape, incest or when the mother's life in danger.

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'Not just numbers': The women disappearing in Peru
BBC News, 25 Oct 2020

 Thousands of people are reported missing in Peru each year. Between January and September 2020, 13,070 missing persons reports were filed. According to official police figures, more than half of those were underage. Women make up 63% of those reported missing and with domestic violence on the rise during the months of Covid lockdown, women's rights activists fear many of those will have have fled abuse or - even worse - some may have come to harm.

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New UN gender study: Women ‘far from having an equal voice to men’
UN News, 20 Oct 2020

Introducing the 2020 edition of The World’s Women: Trends and Statistics, Liu Zhenmin, chief of the UN’s economic and social affairs department (DESA), said that over the last two decades, “attitudes of discrimination are slowly changing” and women’s lives have improved with regard to education, early marriage, childbearing and maternal mortality, all while progress has stagnated in other areas.
“Women are far from having an equal voice to men”, spelled out the DESA chief. “And, in every region of the world, women are still subjected to various forms of violence and harmful practices”.

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