29 March 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Womens Rights

Articles

Afghanistan: Taliban’s backtrack on school re-opening for girls irreversibly impacts their future
Amnesty International, 28 Mar 2022

Schoolgirls in Afghanistan told Amnesty International that the Taliban’s backtrack on reopening schools for girls has left them “shattered” and “traumatized”. On 23 March, female students of secondary schools were returning to classrooms for the first time in seven months. While many girls were waiting to start their lessons, at 9 a.m. the Taliban leadership announced it had decided to keep girls’ schools closed ‘until school uniforms are designed in accordance with the Afghan customs, culture, and Sharia and all these girls were told to immediately leave the schools

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Afghan women’s rights groups vow mass protests if Taliban keep girls’ schools shut
France24, 28 Mar 2022

Thousands of secondary school girls had flocked to classes on Wednesday after the hardline Islamists reopened their institutions for the first time since seizing power last August. But officials ordered the schools shut again just hours into the day, triggering international outrage.

 

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The UN throws women under the bus – opinion
The Jerusalem Post, 28 Mar 2022

The 21st Century has truly seen unprecedented progress for women’s rights, including in the Middle East. Reforms in places like Saudi Arabia are finally trending the right direction, yet there is much to be done to achieve equality in the Middle East and beyond.

 

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Save us from ‘securo-feminism’
Al Jazeera, 27 Mar 2022

Welcome to the brave new world of securo-feminism*. In the long tradition of systems of patriarchal violence representing themselves as the solution to patriarchal violence, the ongoing expansion of draconian “war on terror” measures is being advertised as an advance for women’s rights.

 

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‘Starting over’: FGM clinic gives hope to traumatised Egyptians
Al Jazeera, 25 Mar 2022

She was 11 years old and her mother and aunt brought a “da’ya”, or traditional midwife, to their home in a working-class district in the coastal city of Alexandria. The woman told her to lie down on her bed and then spread her legs and daubed an anaesthetic cream inside her, then reached for a razor blade she had cauterised with a flame.

 

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Climate Change and Women’s Rights: Intertwined Crises
National Organisation for Women, 25 Mar 2022

On February 28th, the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a grim report on the status of the climate crisis. As conveyed in the IPCC report, experts from around the world have agreed that the threat of climate change on human security is “unequivocal,” and that action needs to be taken immediately. The report notes that there is a “rapidly closing window of opportunity” for measures to be implemented to secure a livable future for humanity. The UN chief has issued a warning that “delay means death.”

 

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Africa Making Progress on Tackling Gender-based Violence
African Business, 23 Mar 2022

A new report has found countries in Africa are making progress in addressing and preventing gender-based violence (GBV), including female genital mutilation (FGM), thanks to the adoption of the multi-sectoral approach (MSA) involving all stakeholders in the development and implementation of programs to protect and promote women’s and girls’ rights.

 

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