06 August 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM and Women's Rights


Special Representative Patten welcomes African Union decision to elevate conflict-related sexual violence to a permanent place on its peace and security agenda
United Nations, 05 Aug 2019

I commend the recent decision of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union to dedicate an annual open session to addressing the scourge of conflict-related sexual violence on the continent. 


Saudi Arabia lifts travel restriction on its women
AlJazeera, 02 Aug 2019

Saudi Arabia will allow women to travel abroad without approval from a male "guardian", the government has announced, ending a restriction that drew international censure and prompted extreme attempts to flee the kingdom.


Africa's leadership comes together to zero out unacceptable practices
United Nations Population Fund, 01 Aug 2019

Africa has recommitted to fulfilling the Promise of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) through accelerating implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action (PoA), with a priority focus on placing people’s rights at the centre of development.


'Historic' day as India outlaws 'triple talaq' Islamic instant divorce
The Guardian, 31 Jul 2019

India’s parliament has approved a bill outlawing the centuries-old right of a Muslim man to instantly divorce his wife, drawing accusations of government interference in a community matter.