3 April 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM and Women's Rights


Govt plans to draft bill on women's rights
by the Sun Daily, 03 Apr 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: The government plans to draft a legislation relating to women's rights such as the Gender Equality Bill to balance the role of men and women in the nation's development, said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim.

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Uganda newspaper's 'wine for abuse stories' contest angers readers
by BBC News, 03 Apr 2018

A Ugandan newspaper has been forced to apologise after offering women the chance to win a bottle of wine - in return for their stories of abuse. The Daily Monitor, the country's largest paper, called for victims of "sexual harassment or gender-based violence" to tweet their stories. In return, one "lucky" person would win "a luxurious bottle of wine". The post is particularly insensitive in a country where domestic and sexual violence is a significant problem.

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Zimbabwe: Company Joins Artistes in Fight for Women's Rights
by All Africa, Albert Masaka, 01 Apr 2018

One of the biggest sanitary pads manufacturers in Zimbabwe, Onsdale Enterprises, which makes the Farai brand of sanitarywear, has made an impassioned plea to government to provide foreign currency for it to import raw materials necessary to adequately meet the sanitary demands of all women in Zimbabwe.

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Will Iraq be next to abolish controversial 'marry your rapist' law?
by the Reuters, Heba Kanso, 29 Mar 2018

BEIRUT, March 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Iraqi women are ramping up pressure to abolish a law that lets rapists off the hook if they marry their victims, after Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon scrapped similar articles last year.

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