21 May 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights


North Korean women 'forced into sex slavery' in China - report
BBC, 20 May 2019

 Thousands of North Korean women and girls are being forced to work in the sex trade in China, according to a new report by a London-based rights group.
They are often abducted and sold as prostitutes, or compelled to marry Chinese men, says the Korea Future Initiative.
The trade is worth $100m (£79m) a year for criminal organisations, it says.
The women are often trapped because China repatriates North Koreans, who then face torture at home, it says.
"Victims are prostituted for as little as 30 Chinese yuan ($4.30; £3.40), sold as wives for just 1,000 yuan, and trafficked into cybersex dens for exploitation by a global online audience," the report's author Yoon Hee-soon said.


Women's rights under attack in Europe, say feminist parties
Thomson Reuters, 20 May 2019

 LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women’s rights are under attack in Europe, a group of feminist political parties warned on Monday, demanding decriminalization of abortion across the EU ahead of elections this week.
Parties from Britain, Sweden, Romania and Italy in the group Feminists United Network Europe (FUN Europe) demanded free, safe and legal abortions for all women in the European Union amid fears of a clampdown from a resurgent far right.


Afghan working women still face perils at home and office
Thomson Reuters, 20 May 2019

 KABUL (Reuters) - Minutes before Mena Mangal, a prominent Afghan journalist and parliamentary adviser, was shot dead by two men in Kabul, she had slammed the door of her parent’s home after reminding them to pay the neighborhood shopkeeper 15 Afghanis (20 cents).
“Mena never forgot her duty towards our home and work. After years of struggle she had achieved success and happiness,” said Anisa Mangal, Mena’s mother, told Reuters, as she sat surrounded by her husband, four daughters, a son, grandchildren at her two-story home in eastern Kabul.. “She did the right things ... worked very hard to become a professional woman.”


Iran: Parliament OKs Nationality Law Reform
Human Rights Watch, 14 May 2019

 (Beirut) – Iran’s Parliament on May 13, 2019, approved an amendment to allow Iranian women to pass their nationality to their children, Human Rights Watch said today. The Guardian Council, the last body needing to approve the amendment, should adopt the long overdue reform to Iran’s discriminatory citizenship law. 
The draft law would allow Iranian women married to men with foreign nationality to request Iranian citizenship for their children under age 18. A child who has already turned 18 could directly request Iranian citizenship. However, the bill requires the Intelligence Ministry to certify that there is no “security problem” before citizenship would be granted.