NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women’s Rights

March 13, 2012: – Published on No Peace Without Jusstice NPWJ (articles in french and english).

  • Universal ban on FGM is a goal within close reach: Worldwide, millions of women and girls still live with the threat or consequences of harmful traditional practices that violate their fundamental right to physical integrity. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is among these violations, and it too frequently goes unchallenged under the pretext of respect for cultural norms. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it is estimated that more than 3 million girls and women are subjected to the practice each year and between 100 and 140 million are estimated to have undergone FGM … (more);  
  • L’interdiction universelle des mutilations génitales féminines est un objectif à portée de main: En ce jour du 8 Mars, le monde entier célèbre la Journée internationale de la Femme, se réjouissant des succès remportés dans l’amélioration de la condition féminine tout au long de l’histoire et aux quatre coins de la planète. Cette date est également une occasion propice pour rappeler que de trop grandes lacunes entravent encore – parfois de manière brutale et cruelle – le processus vers la reconnaissance et la protection pleines et entières des droits des femmes en tant que droits humains universels … (more);
  • FGM in Canada:  The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada insists that information about treating patients who have had female genital mutilation should be integrated into the new curriculum of medical schools. “So what that means for us as physicians in Canada is we´re kind of confronted with this kind of anatomical difference, and we need to know how to treat them”, stresses Margaret Burnett, chair of the social and sexual issues committee, in an interview last Tuesday … (more);
  • Gambia: European Union Delegation Celebrates International Women’s Day: The European Union Delegation to the Gambia joined the international community to celebrate 8 March, International Women’s Day at the Alliance Française in The Gambia with its development partners. The celebration took the form of a reception, speeches and drama on Female Genital Mutilation. It is a day designed to enable all women to reflect on their economic, political, socio -economic status and what the future holds for a woman … (more);
  • Liberia: Reporting On Genital Mutilation Draws Threats: The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Liberian authorities to ensure the safety of journalists who have been repeatedly threatened for exposing the practice of female genital mutilation in the country. Mae Azango, a reporter for the daily FrontPage Africa and the news website New Narratives, told CPJ she had gone into hiding after receiving several threats for an article she published on Thursday about Liberian tribes practicing female genital mutilation on as many as two out of every three girls in the country. “They left messages and told people to tell me that they will catch me and cut me so that will make me shut up,” Azango said. “I have not been sleeping in my house” … (more);
  • Women and the Arab Spring: Taking their place? From Tunisia to Bahrain, from Egypt to Syria, women from all backgrounds came out in force to demand the right to democracy, social justice, freedom, dignity and equality. Women activists, bloggers and journalists, mobilised and informed the world what was happening. These uprisings, through the demands they generated, reasserted the universality of human rights … (more);
  • - Un projet de l’UE permet d’éviter la mutilation génitale à des milliers de fillettes africaines: Un projet innovant de l’Union européenne (UE) et de l’Unicef a permis à ce que les fillettes de milliers de communautés d’Egypte, d’Erythrée, d’Ethiopie, du Sénégal et du Soudan échappent à la mutilation génitale, a indiqué mardi la Commission européenne dans un communiqué, citant un rapport sur ce projet financé par l’UE qui a été publié peu avant la Journée internationale de la femme … (more);
  • East African Community to legislate against FGM: After the successful implementation of a law against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Uganda two years ago and in Kenya last year, plans are underway to implement a FGM law at a regional level, Dora Byamukama, a legislator at the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) member has said … (more);

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