06 December 2022 – FGM & Women’s Rights

6 Dec, 2022 | News Digests

Ban Taliban from the Olympic Movement

Human Rights Watch, 05 Dec 2022

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) should suspend Taliban-run Afghanistan from participating in international sport until women and girls can once again play sport in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. The IOC should make this decision at its next executive board meeting, which begins in Lausanne, Switzerland on December 6, 2022. 

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Poland: Lawmaker Faces Charges for Pro-Choice Protest

Human Rights Watch, 04 Dec 2022

Poland’s government should immediately drop charges against a member of parliament who participated in a pro-choice protest and stop targeting reproductive rights activists, Human Rights Watch said today. 

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Feminists are protesting against the wave of anti-feminism that’s swept South Korea

NPR, 03 Dec 2022

Feminists in South Korea are planning to conduct nationwide protests against gender-based violence this weekend, the first to occur simultaneously in several major cities since the pandemic. It’s a response to an anti-feminist wave that has swept across South Korea, creating a tense gender war where discourse around women’s rights is taboo and men claim they are now the victims of gender discrimination. 

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‘We’re losing hope’: Honduras anger as first female president fails to fulfil women’s rights pledge

The Guardian, 02 Dec 2022

At her inauguration earlier this year, Xiomara Castro, the first female president of Honduras, ended her speech with a message to women. “Honduran women, I will not fail you, I will defend your rights, all your rights, count on me,” said Castro, whose resounding election victory ended a dozen years of conservative rule and generated high hopes for change in a country with one of the highest rates of femicide and most restrictive laws against reproductive rights in Latin America. 

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Liberia: Deputy Speaker Reproaches Female Traditional Leader over ‘Payoff’ to Stop FGM Practices

FrontPageAfrica, 30 Nov 2022

An assertion, attributed to Madam Massa Kandakai, Montserrado County’s Chief Female Traditional Leader, that the practices of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) will continue unless “2,000 Zoes” are paid to stop the tradition, has been strongly condemned. Liberia’s Deputy Speaker, Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa on his Facebook page, on Monday, said his attention has been drawn to Kandakai’s statement published in the Daily Observer which he termed as “sad” and maintained that FGM is a harmful practice. 

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Iran’s future on U.N. women’s rights body to be decided Dec. 14

Reuters, 29 Nov 2022

A U.S. push for Iran to be removed from a U.N. women’s equality and empowerment body will be voted on Dec. 14, diplomats said on Monday as Washington lobbies for Tehran to be punished over its denial of women’s rights and brutal crackdown on protests. The United States on Monday circulated a draft resolution on the move, seen by Reuters, that also denounces Iran’s policies as “flagrantly contrary to the human rights of women and girls and to the mandate of the Commission on the Status of Women.” 

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