28 July 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights


Celebrating The 19th Amendment And The First Safe Haven Hostel For Women
Forbes, 27 Jul 2020

This August marks the centennial of the passing of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which reads, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” It was an extremely difficult battle; at the time, married women could not own property and had no legal claim to any money they might earn. No female had the right to vote. Women were expected to focus on housework and motherhood.

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Poland Considers Leaving Treaty on Domestic Violence, Spurring Outcry
The New York Times, 27 Jul 2020

The Polish government, emboldened by a narrow election victory this month and undeterred by criticism from European Union leaders, is considering withdrawing from a treaty aimed at curbing domestic violence and protecting women’s rights, with the country’s minister of justice filing paperwork on Monday to start the process.

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WhereIsMyName: Afghan women campaign for the right to reveal their name
BBC News, 25 Jul 2020

A woman from western Afghanistan - we will call her Rabia - was suffering from severe fever, so she went to see a doctor. The doctor's diagnosis was Covid-19. Rabia returned home, suffering from pain and fever, and gave her prescription to her husband to buy the medicine for her. But when he saw her name on the prescription he beat her, for revealing it "to a strange man". Her story - which was relayed to the BBC through a friend - is not unique. In Afghanistan, family members often force women to keep their name a secret from people outside the family, even doctors.

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Thousands Urge Ukraine’s President to Help Stop Violence Against Women
Human Rights Watch, 22 Jul 2020

Violence against women and girls in Ukraine remains a serious problem. A 2019 study by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Ukraine found that two-thirds of women surveyed said they had “experienced psychological, physical or sexual violence at the hands of a partner or non-partner since the age of 15.”

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Harness multilateralism’s power to urgently advance women’s rights amid COVID recovery
UN News, 21 Jul 2020

With essential resources for women’s health being diverted to emergency COVID-19 response around the world, Governments, civil society leaders, CEOs and academic experts gathered virtually, to explore ways to accelerate the achievement of landmark targets set 25 years ago for gender equality and women’s empowerment. “It’s up to us to make sure that we use the power of multilateral investment and commitment to realize the potential gains from radical, positive action to redress long-standing inequalities in multiple areas of women’s lives,” said UN WomenExecutive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, during the day-long interactive hearing organized by General Assembly President Tijani Muhammad-Bande.

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