29 May 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights


Malaysia's new deputy PM aims to be a role model for women
by Reuters, 29 May 2018

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s childhood ambition was to become a doctor and cure disease. Now that she is Malaysia’s most powerful female politician, she says her mission is to improve women’s rights.
The 65-year-old made history this month when she was named Malaysia’s deputy prime minister. She is the first woman to hold the post, and one of only a handful of female politicians in high public office in Southeast Asia.

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Still No Guarantee of an Equal Share in Divorce for Kenyan Women
by News Deeply, 28 May 2018

NAIROBI, Kenya – Divorced women in Kenya will continue to lose out on matrimonial assets after the High Court dismissed a petition that called for a couple’s property to be split evenly if their marriage ends.

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Saudi Women's Detentions Clash With Crown Prince's Reform Campaign
by National Public Radio, 27 May 2018

Saudi journalist in exile Jamal Khashoggi tells NPR's Michel Martin why the Saudi government has arrested women's rights activists, even as the crown prince pushes reforms including allowing women to drive.

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'Quiet revolution' leads to abortion rights win in Ireland
by ABC News, 26 May 2018

In the end, it wasn't even close.
Irish voters — young and old, male and female, farming types and city-bred folk — endorsed expunging an abortion ban from their largely Catholic country's constitution by a two-to-one margin, referendum results compiled Saturday showed.
The decisive outcome of the landmark referendum held Friday exceeded expectations and was cast as a historic victory for women's rights. Polls had given the pro-repeal "yes" side a small lead, but suggested the contest would be close.

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Myanmar: Deadline to Report on Rape of Rohingya to UN
by Human Rights Watch, 24 May 2018

Myanmar should comply with a United Nations committee’s request for information on the military’s responsibility for widespread rape of Rohingya women and girls in northern Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch and Fortify Rights said today. The two groups provided the committee with an 11-page joint report on sexual violence committed by Myanmar’s security forces against Rohingya villagers in 2016 and 2017.

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