2 August 2022 - News Digest on FGM & Women’s Rights

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Ahead of Kenya elections, female politicians face abuse, attacks
Al Jazeera, 01 Aug 2022

Dozens of female candidates have been physically assaulted while campaigning ahead of the August 9 elections in Kenya.

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Taliban policies risk de facto university ban for Afghan women, say officials
The Guardian, 01 Aug 2022

The Taliban’s ban on girls studying at high schools will become a de facto ban on university degrees for women if it stays in place, a Taliban spokenperson and university officials have said. Girls will not have the documents needed to enrol in higher education, or the academic capacity to start university courses after nearly a year out of school.

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UK in diplomatic standoff over deletion of abortion rights from gender statement
The Guardian, 28 Jul 2022

Exclusive: Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands refuse to sign edited version, drawing up new phrasing including women and girls’ sexual and reproductive rights.

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The Femicide Detectives - Investigating an epidemic of violence against women in Mexico
Al Jazeera, 28 Jul 2022

Every day in Mexico, around 10 women are murdered – almost always by men. It's an epidemic of gender-based violence that threatens to spiral out of control 
 

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Afghanistan: Taliban’s ‘suffocating crackdown’ destroying lives of women and girls – new report
Amnesty International, 27 Jul 2022

The lives of women and girls in Afghanistan are being devastated by the Taliban’s crackdown on their human rights, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. Since they took control of the country in August 2021, the Taliban have violated women’s and girls’ rights to education, work and free movement; decimated the system of protection and support for those fleeing domestic violence; detained women and girls for minor violations of discriminatory rules; and contributed to a surge in the rates of child, early and forced marriage in Afghanistan.
 

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Black women who hated guns are embracing them as crime soars
The Washington Post, 27 Jul 2022

While research shows that possessing a gun raises the risk of violent death, some Black women are desperate for a way to feel safer
 

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Stereotypes, violence keep women out of politics in Zimbabwe
Al Jazeera, 25 Jul 2022

 On March 16, Thokozile Dube was attacked by a gang of assailants who stormed her yard at twilight in Mawabeni community in Matabeleland South province, 480km (300 miles) away from the capital, Harare.

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