23 August 2022 – FGM & Women’s Rights

23 Aug, 2022 | News Digests

Arrests and TV confessions as Iran cracks down on women’s ‘improper’ clothing

The Guardian, 23 Aug 2022

Protests follow appearance of ‘tortured’ writer on state television, while human rights group warn forced confessions on the rise as hijab laws hardened. There were protests and condemnation last week after an Iranian woman who was arrested for defying newly hardened hijab laws appeared on state television to give what observers claimed was a forced confession as a result of torture.

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Why Unraveling Women’s Rights Is a Monumental Loss for Our Planet’s Future — Unless We Take Action

Global Citizen, 19 Aug 2022

June 24, 2022 is a date that will be remembered by women for decades to come. When the world awoke to the news that Roe v. Wade had been overturned, the unfathomable decision to limit a woman’s right to an abortion was a brutal signal that an anti-women’s rights movement has been gathering pace and has now weaved itself into the fabric of the Western World.

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What does it take to build up women’s rights after war?

The Washington Post, 19 Aug 2022

“War, Women and Post-conflict Empowerment: Lessons from Sierra Leone” depicts the everyday struggles of women trying to improve their lives, while illuminating the political, legal and economic conditions of Sierra Leoneans after civil war.

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Would Kenyan women’s rights be safe under William Ruto? Why they might not be

The Conversation, 18 Aug 2022

William Ruto has been declared the winner of Kenya’s presidential election. The final outcome, however, remains in the balance following a challenge from his main competitor, Raila Odinga.

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