Women in the News
Here’s a round-up of women’s news that made it to the headlines. Did we miss
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UK FGM trial signals step forward
The first trial over Female Genital Mutilation in the UK got underway last week. Two doctors have pleaded not guilty to carrying out the procedure on a woman after she gave birth in November 2012. Samira Shackle reports from London.
Surrogate moms in India
India is among the countries that allow commercial surrogacy. That means, a woman gives birth to a child and receives some money and then hands the child over to new parents. Advocates see this as a win-win situation for the surrogate mother and the hopeful parents whose child she delivers. Critics condemn surrogacy as exploitation of poor women who have no other choice. Sandra Petersmann talked to surrogate moms in India’s capital New Delhi.
Papua New Guinea’s ‘Sorcery Refugees’: Women Accused of Witchcraft Flee Homes to Escape Violence
A number of women in Papua New Guinea have been forced to flee their homes amid accusations they practice witchcraft thus becoming the latest victims of a growing phenomenon of sorcery-related violence, officials have said.
Irish court rules that brain-dead pregnant woman may be allowed to die
An Irish court has ruled that a pregnant woman who has been clinically dead for weeks may be removed from life support. The case has reignited a debate over Ireland’s ban on abortion.
This Girl Can: New campaign urges more women to get active
Women are less likely than men to become active because of body image and competency fears, according to Sport England research.
Viewpoint: The power of one woman’s fast
This January few Indians will pause to think about the extraordinary power of a woman who refuses to eat, argues feminist historian Uma Chakravarti. But understanding that protest might just hold the key to what ails India.
Author: Marjory Linardy
Editor: Grahame Lucas
Date22.01.2015 | 10:05