03 August 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights

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Egyptian women find help online to fight 'sextortion' threats
Thomson Reuters Foundation News, 03 Aug 2021

When her ex's threats began, Radwa confided in friends who pointed her to an online platform called "Qawem" or "Resist" in Arabic, launched a year ago by activists to help women fight sextortion. "I contacted them via Facebook. They offered psychological support, took all the information from me, and did not ask for any photos - just the written threats. Then, they dealt very strictly with the blackmailer," Radwa said.

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Nearly 5 mn fewer girls to be born worldwide over next 10 years: study
France24, 03 Aug 2021

An estimated 4.7 million fewer girls are expected to be born globally in the next 10 years because of sex-selective practices in countries with a cultural preference for male offspring, a trend that could undermine social cohesion in the long term, research showed on Tuesday. The research suggested that the projected shortfall in the number of girls being born will lead to a surplus of young men in around a third of the global population by 2030, which could lead to increased anti-social behaviour and violence.

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The shameful story of Roma women's forced sterilisation in central Europe
euronews, 02 Aug 2021

In a landmark vote, senators in the Czech Republic have approved a law that will compensate potentially thousands of Roma women who were unlawfully sterilised by the state between 1966 and 2012. From the 1960s onwards, the communist government of then Czechoslovakia enacted an official policy of sterilising women from the Roma community, whom the authorities described as “culturally substandard”.

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As violence soars in refugee camps, Rohingya women speak up
The New Humanitarian, 02 Aug 2021

Community leaders and female Rohingya in particular are threatened and intimidated for being educated or outspoken about women’s rights – stretching conservative norms to a level of oppression. Women report being harassed, kidnapped, attacked, or extorted by men they believe are affiliated with Rohingya militant groups or gangs. Some women say they have been told not to work outside the home. Others say assailants demand a cut of their earnings. Most say they are afraid to leave their homes at night, when there’s little security and government-imposed curfews bar aid workers from staying past 4 pm.

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'I will not be silenced': Women targeted in hack-and-leak attacks speak out about spyware
NBC News, 01 Aug 2021

Ghada Oueiss, a Lebanese broadcast journalist at Al-Jazeera, was eating dinner at home with her husband last June when she received a message from a colleague telling her to check Twitter. Oueiss opened up the account and was horrified: A private photo taken when she was wearing a bikini in a jacuzzi was being circulated by a network of accounts, accompanied by false claims that the photos were taken at her boss’s house.

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From FGM to child marriage, we must remove all the barriers to girls' education
The Telegraph, 29 Jul 2021

There is a Swahili proverb, that if you educate a girl, you educate a nation. Kenya and the UK are united in that belief: girls’ education can change the world. It reduces poverty, strengthens societies and boosts economies. It has a radical effect on community health. A child whose mother can read is 50 per cent more likely to live beyond the age of five, 50 per cent more likely to be immunised, and twice as likely to attend school. A single percentage point increase in girls’ education creates a 0.2 per cent boost to that country’s annual GDP growth.

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Taliban ‘has not changed,’ say women facing subjugation in areas of Afghanistan under its extremist rule
The Conversation, 27 Jul 2021

The Taliban insurgents continue their deadly war to seize control of Afghanistan after the departure of United States and NATO forces. As they close in on major cities that were once government strongholds, like Badakhshan and Kandahar, many Afghans – and the world – fear a total takeover. Afghan women may have the most to fear from these Islamic militants.

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