U.S. courts and child custody judgments from foreign countries that have sex-discriminatory custody rules

Coulibaly v. Stevance, decided Wednesday by the Indiana Court of Appeals, considers whether Indiana courts should honor a Malian child custody decree (involving Malian citizens). Indiana has adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), under which state courts must enforce out-of-state and out-of-country custody decrees if the…

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Women fleeing FGM find abuse in Libya

  Article was originally posted at: http://www.unhcr.org/news/latest/2017/10/59e75e0d4/women-fleeing-fgm-find-abuse-in-libya.html Aisha (not her real name) was seven years old when she underwent the procedure in her native Ivory Coast. Her eldest daughter was four when it happened to her. Last year Aisha fled with her youngest daughter to save her from being cut. But…

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Here are the world’s 10 most dangerous cities for women and what they have in common

Originally posted at: http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/10/16/here-are-the-worlds-10-most-dangerous-cities-for-women-and-what-they-have-in-common/ According to a Thompson Reuters Foundation survey, a ranking of the worst mega-cities for women finds that not one of the top 10 is in the U.S. — and only two are in the Western hemisphere. What are the top 10 mega-cities in this poll? The top 10 cities, starting with the…

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NCC talk: Ending genital mutilation and child marriage

Originally posted at : http://cccnews.info/2017/10/16/ncc-talk-ending-genital-mutilation-and-child-marriage/ Jaha Dukureh, a survivor of female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced child marriage, will speak at Nassau Community College about Ending Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage in This Country and Around the World on Wednesday, November 1 at 9:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.…

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40 Women To Watch Over 40 Celebrates Possibilities Ahead For Women

Full Article Originally posted at: 40 Women To Watch Over 40 Celebrates Possibilities Ahead For Women Nawal Nour is the Director of the African Women’s Health Center and other initiatives at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and a foremost expert in combatting female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) internationally. She…

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FGM Campaigner Leyla Hussein on Why Genital Cutting Is a Global Problem

Originally Posted at: https://www.newsdeeply.com/womenandgirls/community/2017/10/11/fgm-campaigner-leyla-hussein-on-why-genital-cutting-is-a-global-problem NEW YORK – Leyla Hussein has become one of the world’s most visible campaigners against female genital mutilation (FGM). However, the FGMsurvivor, psychotherapist and award-winning advocate for gender equality, thinks the practice can only be stamped out if the affected communities tackle it with just the right combination of political…

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Ohio may ban female genital mutilation for girls under 18

Full Article orginally Posted at:http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/ohio-may-ban-female-genital-mutilation-for-girls-under/ZUEBgGRGt3De0vxtNoUlTO/ Columbus Ohio does not explicitly prohibit female genital mutilation — a practice that state Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, wants to outlaw for girls under 18. “It is pretty evident that it’s an extremely painful procedure and it has life-long effects on young women, ” Lehner…

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WHO Headquarters Leadership Team

Deputy Directors-General Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director-General for Programmes Dr. Soumya Swaminathan has been appointed Deputy Director-General for Programmes (DDP). A pediatrician from the India and a globally recognized researcher on tuberculosis and HIV, she brings with her 30 years of experience in clinical care and research and has worked…

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Communication is key to understanding female circumcision

The Somali women that Djesa describes in her PhD thesis on female genital mutilation often feel patronised by Norwegian health personnel. Credit: iStockphoto Lack of communication hampers the prevention of female genital mutilation, according to anthropologist Rachel Issa Djesa. She has observed encounters between Norwegian authorities, health personnel and Somali…

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