4 June 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM and Women's Rights


Kenya's president vows to push for more women in power and end FGM
Thomson Reuters Foundation News, 04 Jun 2019

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta promised to push for more women in power, keep all girls in school, tackle child marriage and end female genital mutilation (FGM) at the opening of the world's biggest gender equality conference on Monday. He told delegates attending Women Deliver in Vancouver that Kenya would make it compulsory for parents to send all children to primary and secondary school, which would boost girls' opportunities and empower them to be future leaders.


Women's rights slipping, equality "under attack," says Canada's PM Trudeau
Reuters, 04 Jun 2019

Gender equality is “under attack” amid hatred, misogyny and politicians campaigning to undo women’s rights, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday at the launch of a global conference on women’s issues.


Malaysia-based NGO help form Asia-Pacific network to end female genital mutilation
Malay Mail, 03 Jun 2019

Two major non-governmental organisations in Malaysia and the United Kingdom have teamed up to end the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in several Asia Pacific countries, including Malaysia. The Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) based in Malaysia and British charity Orchid Project today announced that they have joined forces to work with grassroots organisations to end FGM/C in Malaysia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Maldives, Thailand and Singapore.


Here's How We Can Overcome The Obstacles In Ending Honor-Based Violence
Forbes, 03 Jun 2019

Honour-based violence, also known by its abbreviation HBV, continues to be an issue deserving of greater attention. The hindrances in eliminating HBV are twofold. The first is a lack of accurate statistics to understand the scale of the problem. The second is a lack of successful prosecutions – in fact, those responsible for HBV often escape justice by fleeing to countries outside of the UK, thus avoiding extradition for their crimes.


No Girl Should be Forced into Motherhood After Rape
Human Rights Watch, 30 May 2019

Norma* (*indicates a pseudonym) was 12 when her father began raping her. She became pregnant shortly thereafter. Though abortion is legal in Ecuador when a woman or girl’s life or health is in danger, no one told her this. She gave birth despite not wanting the baby.