South African women's group, citing Trump policies, cancels New York plans

March 11, 2017 02:42
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A South African women's rights group has pulled out of key meetings next week at the United Nations in opposition to policies of US President Donald Trump, especially those it says demean and endanger women.

The decision not to attend the UN's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a show of support for women excluded due to the US travel ban on visitors from six majority-Muslim nations, Masimanyane Women's Rights International said.

The CSW, which begins on Monday, is an annual two-week session when diplomats, advocates and others meet to discuss gender equality and women's empowerment.

A number of advocates hoping to participate in this year's meetings have been denied visas, including women from Ghana, Cameroon, Nepal and Bangladesh, according to the International Women's Health Coalition, a leading US-based rights group.

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