25 October 2022 – FGM & Women’s Rights

25 Oct, 2022 | News Digests

Making cities safer for women: UN report calls for radical rethink

UN News, 24 Oct 2022

Cities have an in-built bias against women, who overwhelmingly describe them as unsafe and unwelcoming. A UN report released on Monday, calls for a complete overhaul of city design, and for women to be more closely involved in urban planning.

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Ethiopia: Fears of fresh atrocities loom in Tigray as conflict intensifies

Amnesty International, 24 Oct 2022

Parties to the ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia must protect civilians amid intensifying hostilities in the Tigray region, warned Amnesty International today.”Tigrayan civilians are afraid that the widespread abuses, such as killings and sexual violence, might happen again” said Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa

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Slow progress for women helping forge peace, Security Council warned

UN News, 20 Oct 2022

Protecting women’s rights and promoting greater inclusion is a proven strategy for peace and stability, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told the Security Council on Thursday. 

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Afghanistan: Women Protesters Detail Taliban Abuse

Human Rights Watch, 20 Oct 2022

Three Afghan women detained for protesting Taliban abuses described torture and other severe mistreatment in custody, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Climber Who Competed Without Hijab Is Cheered on Return to Iran

The New York Times, 19 Oct 2022

Elnaz Rekabi, whose appearance without a head scarf at an event in Seoul raised fears about her future, was welcomed home by crowds in Tehran. Her motivations, and her fate, however, remain unclear.

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Global health: Women and children pay heaviest price for ‘gaping inequities’

UN News, 18 Oct 2022

A new UN report shows that women’s and children’s health has suffered globally, as the impacts of conflict, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change converge, with devastating effects on prospects for children, young people and women.

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