30 April 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights


Liberia: Woman, 25, Forcefully Taken to Sande Bush for Genital Mutilation
Front Page Africa, 30 Apr 2019

Sarah (not her real name), 25, has the rest of her life to live with a scar on her genitals. Her maternal relatives compelled her to join the Sande bush, an incident she recalls vividly.


Ghana: Bawku MCE Bares Teeth At FGM Perpetrators
All Africa, 30 Apr 2019

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Bawku in the Upper East Region, Ms Hawa Nachema, has issued a strong warning to perpetrators of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in communities in the area to desist from the negative practice or risked being prosecuted.


A Women’s-Rights Activist Is Concerned About Negotiations with the Taliban
New Yorker, 30 Apr 2019

Sima Samar, the chairwoman of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, has had a long career as a champion of the oppressed. She was born in Afghanistan and, in 1982, she earned a medical degree, from Kabul University.


Female genital mutilation victims not availing of health services
Irish Times, 30 Apr 2019

Victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) living in Ireland are not availing of medical and counselling services offered to women and girls by the State, support groups have warned.


Prominent Women’s Rights Activists Launch New Political Action Group
Democracy Now, 29 Apr 2019

Three prominent women’s rights activists are launching a new political action group today called Supermajority, aimed at training a new generation of women activists to take on grassroots campaigns and electoral politics.