21 June 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM and Women's Rights

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Ukraine: “Historic victory for women’s rights” as Istanbul Convention ratified
Amnesty International , 20 Jun 2022

Amid war, the Ukrainian Parliament ratifies the landmark international treaty on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. “This is a historic victory for women’s rights in Ukraine, and a contribution to the change in culture, attitudes and behaviours towards gender-based violence. It will ultimately affect the lives of every woman in the country. Today’s vote is a testament to years of campaigning by survivors who have helped to ensure that other women do not have to go through what they endured.” 

 

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‘Women are treated like walking incubators’: Malta’s fight for abortion
The Guardian , 19 Jun 2022

The island nation is the only country in the EU in which termination is still illegal under any circumstances, forcing women to have the procedure abroad or else risk prosecution. But women’s rights groups are pushing for change

 

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‘A crisis’: The US tampon shortage, explained
Aljazeera , 17 Jun 2022

People who need menstrual products in the United States have raised alarm in recent months, after noticing fewer tampon packages on store shelves, or being told their preferred brand of tampons was suddenly unavailable.The issue really came to the public’s attention when TIME Magazine published an article earlier this month titled, The Great Tampon Shortage of 2022: The Supply Chain Problem No One’s Talking About.

 

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Towards ending harmful practices in Africa: A statistical overview of child marriage and female genital mutilation
Relief Web , 17 Jun 2022

CHILD MARRIAGE and FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION are serious violations of a child’s rights. But across Africa, girls and women continue to experience these harmful practices with alarming regularity. The continent is home to 130 million child brides and nearly 140 million girls and women who have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). Over 40 million girls and women in Africa have experienced both harmful practices.

 

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Female Genital Mutilation Prevalence Rate Reduces In Ghana
News Ghana , 17 Jun 2022

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) prevalence rate in the country has reduced from an overall 11.7 per cent to 3.8 per cent. The Upper West Region has the highest prevalence of 50.5 per cent.
 

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Africa: UNICEF Observes Day of African Child With Focus to End FGM in Gambia
All Africa , 16 Jun 2022

This 16th June, we once again observe the Day of the African Child, but this time with a focus on assessing progress on policies to eliminate two of the worst harmful traditional practices, FGM and child marriage, compounded by underlying violence against children. In The Gambia, more than half of girls aged 0-14 years have undergone some form of female genital mutilation, whilst more than one in four girls is married before her 18th birthday.

 

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Promoting women’s rights, a ‘proven’ strategy for peace and stability
UN news , 15 Jun 2022

The Women, Peace and Security agenda is “one of our best hopes” for a more peaceful future and a liveable planet, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday. Although gender equality offers a path to sustainable peace and conflict prevention, the UN chief observed that “we are moving in the opposite direction”.
 
 

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