26 Nov 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM and Women's Rights


Violence against women a barrier to peaceful future for all
UN News, 25 Nov 2019

"As we go about our business, one woman in three that we encounter has been or will be subjected to violence,” said Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, UN Chef de Cabinet, speaking on behalf of the Secretary-General. “In some regions, and for some groups of women, the rate is even far higher—and this is only the violence that is reported, so the real level is indeed far higher.”


Only nine European countries recognise sex without consent is rape. This must change
Amnesty International , 25 Nov 2019

It was a question put to me by a policeman in 2016 when I went to report the fact that I had been raped. Three years later, I heard it again. But this time I was not in an interview room of a police station in Copenhagen. I was at a grand chamber in the United Nations building in Geneva. The question was not put to me by a policeman, but to a Danish government official by a UN expert. And it was framed in a very different way: "What are the steps you are taking to ensure that rape survivors don't face questions like: 'Are you aware that you are ruining his life'?" the expert asked.


Stop violence against women: Statement by the European Commission and the High Representative
EU Commission Press Corner, 25 Nov 2019

Violence against women happens anywhere, there is no safe place, not even at home. On the contrary. Woman are targeted at home as well as in their workplace, in schools and universities, on the street, in displacement and migration, and increasingly online through cyber violence and hate speech. There are at least 200 million women and girls who have undergone female genital mutilation, which is still performed in around 30 countries.


UN Women rallies partners to take a stand against sexual violence on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
ReliefWeb, 25 Nov 2019

 “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!” is the UN theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism. From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, multiple events worldwide, such as marches, art competitions, cycling rallies and marathons will be organized as part of the UN System-wide activitiesfor the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, to urge actions to end this scourge that impacts one in three women worldwide.


Kenya pledges to end FGM by 2022 - ahead of global target
Reuters, 12 Nov 2019

Kenya’s president on Tuesday promised to end female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2022, a goal women’s rights campaigners said was unrealistic due to insecurity and high prevalence rates in some parts of the east African nation.