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Happy Friday! We hope your day is going great. Following up on last week's #thread on Combating GBV during #COVID19. This week as part of #SexualAssaultAwarenessmonth our #thread touches on the rise of other #harmfulpractices against women during #COVID19 due to the lockdown.
This is a continuation of the conversations we have been having on how the #globalpandemic #covid19 is affecting the lives of girls and young women.
These conversations aim to ensure that we engage a #genderlens response mechanism during global pandemics ensuring the most vulnerable amongst us are not left out in the cold.
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@narendramodi Please give 50% of cabinet positions to women. #CabinetShakti @tarauk
@narendramodi @tarauk India's labour force has just 27% women, please help us in increasing the numbers by implementing the existing laws and changing the ones that badly need to changed. #WomensDay, then there will be many more #SheInspiresUs
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This article believes that silencing of female nurses by the "patriarchy" is WORSE than the genital mutilation of boys!

Not once does the author address the issue of #circumcision from the infant's perspective, being a violation of consent and bodily integrity. #i2
Why are you denying the humanity of African-American men who hate #circumcision like @quill_monger, @LaurenVino?

It's funny how you're trying not to be racist, but by denying their existence, you are racist.

> the manosphere is exclusively the domain of miserable white men
There are extremists in feminism, extremists in animal rights, extremists in environmentalism, so on.

If all intactivists are this way, then all feminists are misandrists. Tit for tat.

> Members of the impassioned anti-circumcision, or intactivist movement, took it from there
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#FGM involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or other injury to female genital organs for non-medical reasons. FGM has NO health benefits & is internationally recognised as a violation of the #HumanRights of girls & women. It's categorized into 4 types:
#FGM Type 1:Partial/total removal of the clitoral glans (external & visible part of the clitoris,a sensitive part of the female genitals, with the function of providing sexual pleasure to the woman),&/or the prepuce/clitoral hood (fold of skin surrounding the clitoral glans). 1/4
#FGM Type 2: #Excision, this is the partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora (the inner folds of the vulva), with or without removal of the labia majora (the outer folds of skin of the vulva ). 2/4 #EndFGC #EndFGM #ActionToEndFGMC #ZeroToleranceOnFGM
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Feb 6 is International Day of #ZeroToleranceDay for #FGM- female genital mutilation.

I was born in #Egypt, where FGM prevalence is 87.2% among all women aged 15-49.

Egypt has the greatest number of women and girls who have experienced FGM of any country in the world. A thread.
I have been obsessed with and writing about #FGM for decades. Too many women in my extended family have been subjected to this form of torture that serves no medical purpose whatsoever. FGM instead is about patriarchal control of female sexuality. #ZeroToleranceDay
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Nada Abdul Maksoud was 14yo. She is dead because of a patriarchal determination to control female sexuality.

#Egypt: THERE IS NO REVOLUTION unless the destruction of patriarchy is at its heart, unless consent & agency are at its heart.…
Too many women in my extended family have been subjected to FGM. It ended in our extended family just before I was born. I am lucky. It is a form of torture that continues today against too many girls in #Egypt, my country of birth. This must end.

Fuck the patriarchy.
It shatters my heart that so many women I love were subjected to #FGM. It shatters it more when I reflect on how much more the pain was knowing their mothers were complicit and what that exacts - of mothers and daughters.Fight the powers behind FGM at all levels, not just mothers
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1/ The session begins with follow-up questions to the State.
Ms Rita Izsák-Ndiaye #CERD19 questions the lack of targeted and substantive measures re: Traveller and Roma employment, referencing ‘alarming statistics’ that only 20% of Travellers and 16.7% of Roma are in work
2/ Ms Izsák-Ndiaye raises the criminalization of Traveller and Roma nomadism, but also poses a general recommendation of a national database on evictions to the State @PaveePoint @itmtrav @D_C_H_A
3/ The State have advised the #CERD19 committee and delegates that they will not be answering all posed questions this morning and will respond on ‘a number of issues’ in writing to the committee, David Stanton of @DeptJusticeIRL not present
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Kicking off #WhySexMattersRdg with a welcome from the Head of the School of Law Prof James Devenny.
@RAuchmuty begins by discussing historic sex-based prohibitions in law and protections: rape in marriage only legally recognised in 1991. #WhySexMattersRdg
Sex-based arguments were used to exclude women from various areas of life, inc public office, and these were based on women’s biology. Role of women like Mary Wollestonecraft in resisting such arguments. Reforms won by feminists in C20th against discrimination #WhySexMattersRdg
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Sexual and reproductive health means ensuring that:
💞 sex is safe, consensual & pleasurable
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 people can achieve the family that they want
🤰 pregnancies are intended
🤱 women receive the care they need in pregnancy, and during and after childbirth
@WHO_Europe @WHOEMRO @pahowho @WHOAFRO @WHOSEARO @WHOWPRO When women and girls 👧👵 are healthy, and can make their own choices about their health and their bodies, the whole of society gains.
@WHO_Europe @WHOEMRO @pahowho @WHOAFRO @WHOSEARO @WHOWPRO Sexual and reproductive health care is integral to universal health coverage. We will not achieve #HealthForAll unless we ensure health systems work for all – including women and girls.
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Wow, @WHO uses p value of .06 to declare “non-significant difference” and classify a treatment as safe. This is failure of statistical basics 101. Another reminder: there is no shortage of scientific incompetence at the @WHO. Embarrassing and dangerous
@WHO “Lapse of scientific rigor” & failure to take “account of ethical concerns” in a trial conducted in vulnerable African populations: sadly par for the course at @WHO, with both their unscientific FGM policy & their rush to circumcise millions of African men, boys, & babies.
@WHO For a brilliant deconstruction of @WHO officials “massaging” research findings to support their activist-funded #FGM policy, see the work of Saida Hodzic…
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Day 69, talking about issues that affect mostly females: how does Pornhub escape judgement from the Me Too Movement when it teaches males to harm women?
UK MP Sarah Champion wants to change the legal age of marriage from 16 to 18 years. Could that help a bit to prevent forced marriage of underage girls?
Heterotopic pregnancy: "intrauterine (IU) and extrauterine pregnancies occur at the same time"
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It's #InternationalLesbianDay!
Here is a thread on iconic lesbians in history, past and present.
I hope you will show your allyship by reading and sharing. 📌

#Lesbians have been with us for centuries.
This sweet couple was photographed in 1907.

19th c lesbians lived together in what were called #BostonMarriages.
Some (straight) historians have tried to de-gay them and erase their lesbian sexuality, agency and history. But they were still lesbians.

Democratic women have long been in the forefront of radical change in America.
#DrAliceHamilton was a physician, scientist, social reformer & #lesbian. Her work created #OSHA. Hamiliton focused on the health of #immigrant women.

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#HEUNI_Tweetsday Weekly thread on Wednesdays. This month we'll reveal you the key findings from our latest project done w/@SOLWODI, @CIRRIFUGIATI, @JRSizbjeglice, @ENoMW and supported by @EU_Justice
Simple rules: 1❤– 1 finding. 1st topic: #GBV, its consequences & risk factors.
@SOLWODI @CIRRIFUGIATI @JRSizbjeglice @ENoMW @EU_Justice So what are we actually looking into when talking about #GBV against women? Is there any definition? And where to find it? Check out #IstanbulConvention… #VAW #HumanRights #ViolenceAgainstWomen
@SOLWODI @CIRRIFUGIATI @JRSizbjeglice @ENoMW @EU_Justice #Refugee women have different backgrounds including different personal qualities, family situations, levels of education and professions. Refugee women do not form a homogenous group, and they definitely should not be seen as uninformed #victims.
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I was locked out of my account by Twitter for a day for describing the difference between #FGM and male circumcision. I chose to remove the tweets as well as appeal, but honestly, this is men mass reporting women for telling the stories of our lives.
#FGM is a brutal crime against girls and women that can kill them or leave them harmed for life. I covered this story up close when I lived in London and I have been privileged to meet many survivor activists. I am appalled that Twitter doesn't recognize their error here.
The World Health Organization/@WHO calls #FGM "a violation of the human rights of girls and women."
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(1) .@IlhanMN .@Ilhan you profess to be a "Muslim"

But nowhere in Islam is #FGM or Female Genital Mutilation referenced or deemed acceptable

(It is non-Islamic Bedouin tradition)

Nowhere in Islam is incest accepted

Nowhere in Islam is polyandry (multiple husbands) accepted
(2) .@IlhanMN .@Ilhan You disrespect and rebel against that which you profess to hold most dear: being a "Muslim."

If you cannot keep the faith to god according to the dictates of Islam, if you feel you can "write" your own religious law in contradiction to ....
(3) the Koran, the Hadith and Shari'a - how can you be trusted?

Your behavior flies in the faith of Islamic and Koranic discipline.

In many Muslim countries - including Somalia, your disrespectful behavior would result in a painful & lethal punishment, no questions asked.
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🇬🇧 #MayGotTrumped
🇺🇸Theresa May Lost for Words as President @realDonaldTrump hits a home run when replying to @SkyNews reporter sarcastic question about the #StoneColdLoser @SadiqKhan

🇺🇸#Trump2020 #NationalPatriot #WinningBigly
🇺🇸 This lady totally agrees with what @realDonaldTrump advised the London Mayor @SadiqKhan
Kahn, you should focus on the thousands of of girls being subjected to the crime of Female Genital Mutilation #FGM in London each year
🏴 #StoneColdLoser
@SadiqKhan who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly “nasty” to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me . . DJT
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Perus- ja ihmisoikeudet ja niiden edistäminen iloksemme vahvasti #hallitusohjelma’ssa. Monet tavoitteemme hienosti mukana! Työtä on todellakin tehty paljon ja nyt vaikutukset näkyvät. Tässä ketjussa nopeasti keskeisimpiä #ihmisoikeudet havaintoja:
1. Hienoa, että ihmisoikeuksien järjestelmälliseen edistämiseen panostetaan: #hallitusohjelma'ssa mm. kolmas perus- ja ihmisoikeustoimintaohjelma, lainvalmistelijoiden ihmisoikeusosaamisen vahvistaminen sekä perus- ja ihmisoikeusvaikutusten arviointi. #ihmisoikeudet
2. #Hallitusohjelma'n mukaan kv. ihmisoikeussopimusten toimeenpanoa ja valvontaa edistetään ja vahvistetaan. Myös #oikeusvaltio'ta vahvistavia toimia löytyy useita. #ihmisoikeudet
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L. Mosselmans on myths about #FGM/C at international experts meeting: Western media focuses on extreme cases, giving the impression that FGM/C is usually sexually disabling and associated with very poor quality of life. Yet this is not true for majority of women with FGM/C. "We
tend to think of all women with FGM/C as having horrible sex lives, and all women without FGM/C as having wonderful sex lives, but this is not the case; most women, with and without FGM/C, have sex lives somewhere in the middle." See
"When we don't take care to ground our arguments in facts, we can't do our best research, and we can't help women in the most effective way" (paraphrased). "Be wary of seeing 'majority' of women with FGM/C ... this may mean 51%" or it may not be grounded at all.
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Fascinating talk by @CCPallitto (WHO) at international expert meeting on #FGM. Swiss scholar asked re: mixed messages, with WHO fighting to end female genital cutting while simultaneously promoting male genital cutting in the same communities (i.e., that practice both). [THREAD]
Response by @CCPallitto: "Male circ has health benefits, there's evidence for that. FGM has no health benefits, so they need to be kept separate." Appeared to begin to say MC is "voluntary" but stopped mid-word ... perhaps because WHO moving to non-voluntary MC on infants?
Questions for @CCPallitto, (1) if 'minor' forms of *non-consensual* FGM had health benefits, would the WHO support it? Or would it argue that girls have a human right to give *consent* to alteration of their genitals (if desired) when of age? (2) is the WHO creating an incentive
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I think that you should be appreciative of what America has given you, versus being a nasty little Ilhan Omar clone. If you do not like it here, and do not want to assimilate & contribute to our society, move to Muqdisho & see what the government there offers you, qof qallafsan!
Only in America can an immigrant become a citizen, get scholarships that American-born citizens cannot get & then insult the country & the president.

I lived in Africa for a long time & can tell you the reprisals there, for speaking like u do here would be severe, qof qallafsan.
What I do not understand, is why people like you, who are enjoying the benefits (and relative safety) of a free society, are so disrespectful.

Go run your mouth about politics in Somalia and see what happens to you.

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1/ Last week the Solicitor General informed Congress that DOJ won’t appeal a district court judgment declaring that Congress lacked the power to enact the federal law prohibiting female genital mutilation. #FGM…
2/ My friends and colleagues @neal_katyal and @jgeltzer have strongly condemned DOJ's decision; but I agree w/@walterdellinger that DOJ did the right thing here.…
3/ To be sure, I think Congress had authority to enact the #FGM law pursuant to its commerce power . . . and probably also pursuant to its power to enforce the 13th Amendment (because this horrific act is effectively a form of branding ...
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Good morning from the .@UN 👋 We had an excellent day yesterday preparing for submissions to the CEDAW Committee and today we are back attending #CEDAW72 as the UK government will be appearing before the Committee to answer questions!
We have started now and the UK government is making its 30 minute opening statement. The #metoo movement has already been mentioned! #CEDAW72
The government delegation are highlighting the steps they have taken to promote equality, such as: doubled entitlement of free childcare; committed to assisting individuals have taken time out for caring to return to work; addressing gender pay gap. #CEDAW72
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I am glad to see @PatrickStrud’s article quoting 5 British feminist academics who quite rightly remind us that feminism must include rights of trans women. It reminds me of an argument that happened after 1 of my talks in #London when 2 white lesbians bombarded me w/ transphobia
I mention that the 2 transphobic lesbians were white because they followed me to dinner after my talk where a gay #Saudi man, a bisexual Saudi woman and I defended trans rights against those two. In no other country have transphobes followed me to dinner after my talk to argue.
I wanted to eat & to talk w/my friends and the transphobes wanted to lecture. I told them that as far as I was concerned trans women are women and the fight against patriarchy had to include trans rights.And then I said i had just spent 90mins on a lecture & Q&A & I wanted to eat
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Breaking #Chope Chair of East Dorset Conservative Ass Cllr Ray Bryan says he’s had constituents ringing him “in tears, very distressed about this”. Some members furious. Calling a meeting of the Assoc Exec “within 48hrs to sort this once and for all, one way or another” #FGM
On #Chope being called out by @sajidjavid @Tobias_Ellwood and many others, Assoc Chair says

“That makes me very sad. I will take this issue to the Exec. I’m sure Chris has his reasons but the public don’t always understand his reasons. I take the issue very seriously “.
#Chope Cllr Bryan “Chris has a history of some very good work but he does tend to-i#on issues like this.. the members of the public don’t understand. I wold have thought it’s up the party to actually deal with this from a central function”.
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