31 July 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights


SC to decide legality of female genital mutilation
by Times of India, 31 Jul 2018

The Supreme Court on Monday said its decision on legality of the religious custom of female genital mutilation (FGM) will be applicable not only to Bohra Muslims but also all communities with such practices as clearly indicated its disapproval of the rite.

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Why women farmers need land rights
by the Citizen, 30 Jul 2018

 Access to potentially-productive land is crucial to combating discrimination against females. When they are denied access, they are disadvantaged, economically powerless.
Tanzania is among developing nations where gender inequality denies women the right to access land for economic production. 
According to a 2017 case study titled Women's Access to Land in Tanzania: The Case of the Makete District by Kerbina Moyo, the majority of village women are illiterate regarding their entitlements, and lack the capacity to fight for their rights.

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Somalia to pursue first FGM prosecution after 10-year-old girl dies
by CNN, 26 Jul 2018

Somalia will prosecute a female genital mutilation (FGM) case for the first time in the country after a 10-year-old girl died from the procedure last week.
Deeqa Dahir Nuur suffered complications two days after her mother took her to a local cutter in a remote village on July 17, according to media reports.
Her case drew widespread condemnation and anti-FGM groups in Somalia have been calling for justice for Deeqa.

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Tunisia: Landmark Proposals on Gender Bias, Privacy
by Human Rights Watch, 26 Jul 2018

(Tunis) – Tunisian authorities should adopt legislation based on the groundbreaking proposals made by a presidentially appointed commission aimed at protecting individual freedoms and eliminating discrimination against women, Human Rights Watch said today. It also released a video that urges the Tunisian president to adopt the proposed legislative reforms.

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Study: Sexual, Gender-Based Violence Rises After Natural Disasters
by VOA News, 25 Jul 2018

GENEVA — Sexual and gender-based violence rises after natural disasters, with distress levels increasing because of stress, economic pressure and other factors, according to a study by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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