01 October 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM and Women's Rights


Morocco - Jailing of Journalist for Having Abortion Is 'Devastating Blow' for Women's Rights
allAfrica, 30 Sep 2019

Responding to news that the Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni has been sentenced to one year in prison after being convicted of having an abortion, Heba Morayef, Amnesty International's Middle East Regional Director, said: "Today's verdict is a devastating blow for women's rights in Morocco.


EU-UN Spotlight Initiative: at the forefront of ending violence against women and girls
EU News, 26 Sep 2019

Today in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the European Union and the United Nations are hosting a high level event on the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative – inviting all countries, leaders, civil society representatives and local ambassadors to join the movement and take action to end violence against women and girls.


Iran detains family members of women's rights activist Masih Alinejad
Deutsche Welle, 26 Sep 2019

Iranian intelligence officials detained three of women's rights activist Masih Alinejad's family members in a move criticized by Amnesty International and the Center for Human Rights in Iran as an attempt to intimidate the US-based activist and journalist into silence.


UK courts powerless to prevent deportation of girl, 10, at risk of FGM
The Guardian, 25 Sep 2019

 A British court has said it has no power to stop the deportation of a 10-year-old girl at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) after authorities rejected her mother’s asylum application.


The Brexit threat to women’s rights and wellbeing
The Guardian, 24 Sep 2019

Brexit will have a profound effect on the rights and wellbeing of women. The principle of equality between men and women is enshrined in EU law; many employment rights, maternity rights, trafficking laws and measures to combat violence against women and girls are derived from EU treaties and directives.