27 September – FGM & Women’s Rights

27 Sep, 2022 | News Digests

87% of married adolescent girls out of school, says UNICEF

The Guardian Nigeria, 27 Sep 2022

Girls married early are far less likely to stay in school, and a staggering 87 per cent of married adolescent girls are out of school, according to the latest data from UNICEF. UNICEF released the new analysis entitled “The Power of Education to End Child Marriage”, on the occasion of the Transforming Education Summit at the 77th United Nations General Assembly.

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Women Take Centre Stage in Anti-government Protests Shaking Iran

The New York Times, 26 Sep 2022

Women have been casting off their legally required head scarves, forming the primary image of the protests. But grievances against a repressive regime go far beyond the hijab.

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In Syrian north, women protest over death of Iran’s Amini

Reuters, 26 Sep 2022

Hundreds of women protested in Kurdish-controlled northern Syria on Monday over the death of an Iranian Kurdish woman in the custody of Iran’s morality police, with some cutting their hair and burning headscarves in an echo of demonstrations in Iran.

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A wave of indigenous women run for Brazil’s Congress in Bolsonaro backlash

Reuters, 24 Sep 2022

A record number of indigenous leaders, most of them women, are running for federal office in Brazil’s election next month, in a backlash against the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro. As destruction of the Amazon rainforest, invasions of indigenous lands and violence against their peoples have surged under Bolsonaro, several of these candidates say they are joining the political fray with a sense of urgency.

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Appeal at UN for world leaders to protect Afghan girls’ education

AlJazeera, 21 Sep 2022

After pleading with world leaders at the United Nations to protect the education and rights of women in Afghanistan a year after the Taliban took over, Somaya Faruqi, the former captain of the Afghan girls’ robotics team, broke down in tears backstage. “I was in classroom last year, but this year girls are not in classroom. Classrooms are empty, and they are at their homes. So it was too hard to control myself, control my feelings,” Faruqi, aged 20, told the Reuters news agency.

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