19 April 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights


In Afghanistan, women’s rights activists face reality of Taliban’s broken promises
iWord News, 18 Apr 2022

A programme coordinator for an international organisation supporting women survivors of war who is living with her family in the Afghan province of Nangarhar feels hopeless as the Taliban refuses to fulfil promises upholding the rights of girls and women.



‘We are fighting the system’: Haiti lawyers taking rape to the courts
The guardian, 18 Apr 2022

Every morning, three lawyers navigate the gang-ridden, treacherous roads of Port-au-Prince to get to work. Of the women’s two priorities of the day this is the first: to get to and from the office safely. The second is fighting Haiti’s legal system from inside, trying to win justice for women who have been raped.



Hundreds rally against threat to close Turkish women's rights group
France 24, 16 Apr 2022

Hundreds of people demonstrated on Saturday in several Turkish cities including Istanbul and Ankara against a move to close one of the country's most respected women's rights groups.



Kyrgyzstan at a crossroads: “Immense opportunity to harness potential of women” – UN experts
OHCHR News, 15 Apr 2022

Kyrgyzstan has taken notable strides towards women’s rights and gender equality since gaining independence in 1991, but serious challenges remain in areas such as socio-economic disparities, deep-rooted patriarchal attitudes and rising religious fundamentalism, UN human rights experts said today.



Justice critical to fighting sexual violence in conflict
UN News, 13 Apr 2022

Women’s rights are human rights, and universal in times of war and peace, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday, urging ambassadors to ensure accountability for conflict-related sexual violence. Pramila Patten, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative working to end rape as a weapon of war, was addressing a high-level debate on strengthening accountability as a means to deliver justice for survivors and prevent future violence.



U.N. Elects Saudi Arabia to Women’s Rights Commission
UN Watch, 13 Apr 2022

Saudi Arabia was today elected to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women for a four-year term  beginning in March 2023, at the first meeting of the body’s 68th session,  and expiring in March 2027, at the close of its 71st session.