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Update on American University of Afghanistan Attack

On Wednesday armed militants stormed the grounds housing the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than 35 others during the ten hour long siege.

California Assembly Passes Bill to Eliminate Statute of Limitations for Felony Sex Crimes

The California Assembly unanimously passed a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecuting rape and other felony sex crimes.

Attack Underway at American University of Afghanistan

The American University of Afghanistan in Kabul is currently under attack, reportedly by the Taliban.

Stanford’s Ban on Hard Alcohol Sends the Wrong Message About Sexual Assault

This past Monday, Stanford University banned hard alcohol from undergraduate parties and residences in the wake of the national outrage following the Brock Turner sexual assault case.

Texas Maternal Death Rate Doubles in Wake of Family Planning Funding Cuts

Maternal mortality rates in Texas almost doubled between 2010 and 2012, according to a new study by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Anti-Abortion Laws Permanently Blocked in Florida

Last week a Florida district court judge issued a permanent block on two provisions that would have prohibited Planned Parenthood from receiving state or local funding, and would have forced all women’s health organizations that offer abortion services to undergo annual clinic inspections.

American Women Dominate the Olympic Games, Huge Success of Title IX

American women are taking home 61 medals from Rio, with another 55 going to the men and five awarded in mixed events.

Department of Justice to End Privately Run Federal Prisons

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last week that it will end the use of private prisons to house federal inmates, following the inspector general’s report that private facilities are significantly less safe and more costly than Bureau of Prison (BOP) run institutions.

Obama Administration and States in Contention over Transgender Rights

Last night, a federal judge in Texas blocked the Obama administration from enforcing guidelines that extended protections under Title IX to transgender students in public schools.

Sex Testing for Female Athletes Might Become a Thing of the Past

For the first time in over 50 years, women competing in the Olympics have not been subject to sex-testing, a shocking practice that has for years allowed sports governing organizations to police the gender and sex of women athletes, sometimes with devastating consequences.

Chicago Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Chicago has passed an ordinance requiring that all employers whose business is located within the city limits or who has licensing agreements with the city provide their employees with paid sick leave.

Baltimore Police Completely Neglected Rape Victims According to Department of Justice Report

The scathing report on the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) issued by the Department of Justice last week highlights victims of police misconduct not typically discussed: sexual assault survivors.

President Reallocates Funding in Wake of Zika Crisis

In the wake of Congress’ refusal to pass a Zika funding bill before their five-week August recess, President Obama announced last week the administration’s intent to reallocate $81 million from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help combat the Zika virus.

New Boko Haram Video Reignites International Concern over Reproductive Health of Rape Victims

On Sunday, Boko Haram released a video reporting the alleged status of hundreds of girls held hostage by the militant group, including the over 250 schoolgirls that were abducted in 2014.

Department of Justice Sues Mississippi for Failing to Provide Adequate Mental Health Care

The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the state of Mississippi for failing to provide adults with mental illness appropriate access to healthcare, a violation of their civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA).

India’s Only Newspaper Run Entirely by Women Goes Digital

India’s only newspaper produced exclusively by women, Khabar Lahariya (New Waves), continues to break down barriers by going digital, posting video reports and instant updates on WhatsApp and Facebook.

US Policy on Abortion for Women and Girls Raped in Conflict at Odds with International Law

On the 67th anniversary of the adoption of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, a series of treaties concerning the rights and protections of noncombatants, prisoners, and those injured during armed conflict, the United States continues to overlook one of its most important protections: the right of the “wounded and sick” to non-discriminatory medical care .

Judge Rules Planned Parenthood Shooter is Still Not Competent to Stand Trial

A Colorado judge today ruled that Robert Dear, the man who has admitted to carrying out the 2015 shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, remains mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Feminist Leaders Marched the Olympic Torch through Brazil

The 2016 Olympic Summer Games began with the traditional parading of the torch throughout the country, including in Fortaleza, where two leaders of Brazil’s feminist movement led the march through the northeastern city.

Department of Justice Report Finds Baltimore Police Department Saturated with Civil Rights Violations

The Justice Department has issued a scathing 163-page report finding that the policies and practices of the Baltimore Police Department systematically violate the civil rights of black residents.