28 September 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights


Japan urged to abolish third-party consent from abortion law
The Guardian, 27 Sep 2021

Women’s health campaigners have urged Japan’s government to amend a law that forces married women to seek consent from their husbands before they can have an abortion. Japan is one of only 11 countries that require third-party consent for abortions, despite calls to end the practice by the World Health Organization and other groups.

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San Marino votes to legalise abortion in historic referendum
Reuters, 27 Sep 2021

The tiny republic of San Marino has voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalising abortion in a referendum, overturning a law dating back to 1865, official results showed on Sunday. Some 77.30% of voters backed the proposal to allow abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and afterward only in the case of the mother's life being in danger or of grave malformation of the foetus.

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Cop26: Women must be heard on climate, say rights groups
The Guardian, 25 Sep 2021

Women must be enabled to play a greater role at the Cop26 summit, as the needs of women and girls are being overlooked amid the global climate crisis, a coalition of feminist groups has said. The Global Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice has laid out a call for action at the UN general assembly, including demands that world leaders meeting at Cop26, in Glasgow this November, must end fossil fuel expansion and move to 100% renewable energy.

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Tanzania: Govt Commits to Defend Women's Rights at Any Cost
All Africa, 25 Sep 2021

The government has restated that it will continue to defend women's rights at any cost and has commended state actors for spearheading the campaign to end gender based violence at work places. The commitment was made yesterday in Dar es Salaam by the Minister in Prime Ministers' Office (Policy and Parliament), Jenister Mhagama when she was opening the one day seminar for state actors on violence against women at work places.

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US House passes bill to secure abortion rights for women
Al Jazeera, 24 Sep 2021

The United States House of Representatives on Friday approved a proposed law that would guarantee women’s right to an abortion throughout the United States. The bill, which would override new laws in Texas and other Republican-led states restricting abortions, passed the House by a vote of 218-211 but faces opposition from Republicans in the US Senate.

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Fighting female genital mutilation with a fairy tale
DW, 22 Sep 2021

Ntailan Lolkoki and her sisters enjoyed an idyllic childhood in the north of her native Kenya. They herded goats, bathed in the river and returned home to their manyatta — the traditional dwelling — at nightfall. This carefree, beautiful life ended abruptly when Lolkoki turned 12. According to the tradition of her tribes — she is half Masai, half Samburu — she and her sisters were circumcised. It was a traumatic experience that mutilated not only her body, but also her soul.

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