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BREAKING: Loretta Lynch Takes Oath of Office

BREAKING: Loretta Lynch Takes Oath of Office

Attorney General Loretta Lynch took the oath of office today, becoming the first African American woman to serve in the role.
New Poll Reaffirms That 1 in 5 College Women are Sexually Assaulted

New Poll Reaffirms That 1 in 5 College Women are Sexually Assaulted

The data also show that students are divided about the definition of consent, that victims of sexual assault suffer from trauma, and that a small minority of victims report the crime.
New Nigerian Law Forbids Bans Genital Mutilation

New Nigerian Law Forbids Bans Genital Mutilation

Despite the progressive action, many say that it will take years for FGM practices to cease due its cultural pervasiveness.
An Appeals Court Just Upheld the Law Closing Abortion Clinics in Texas

An Appeals Court Just Upheld the Law Closing Abortion Clinics in Texas

The decision allows the state to uphold 2013 bill HB 2, requiring that every reproductive health care facility offering abortion services meet the costly hospital-like standards for buildings known as ambulatory surgical center.
UPDATE: Murder Charges Dropped for Georgia Woman Taking Abortion Pills

UPDATE: Murder Charges Dropped for Georgia Woman Taking Abortion Pills

Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards announced yesterday that murder charges against a Georgia woman who ended her pregnancy using a prescription abortion pill she ordered online have been dropped.
Police Need to be Held Accountable for Violence Against Black Women and Girls

Police Need to be Held Accountable for Violence Against Black Women and Girls

McKinney, Texas police officer Eric Casebolt’s violent attack on a 15-year-old African American girl at a neighborhood pool party went immediately viral over the weekend.
Georgia Woman Charged with Murder for Taking Abortion Pills

Georgia Woman Charged with Murder for Taking Abortion Pills

The charges, which are unprecedented in the state of Georgia, have left groups on all sides of the abortion debate stunned.
Virginia's Abortion Clinics Renew Licenses Amidst Regulation Dispute

Virginia’s Abortion Clinics Renew Licenses Amidst Regulation Dispute

The Virginia Board of Health announced last week that all 18 abortion clinics in the state have renewed their licenses, despite anti-abortion efforts to place limitations on Virginia clinics.
Rana Plaza Victims Will Receive Compensation

Rana Plaza Victims Will Receive Compensation

After a two-year campaign for compensation for the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, the International Labour Organization has succeeded in securing $30 million in compensation.
Organizations Urge the President to Reinterpret Helms Amendment and Aid Nigerian Refugees

Organizations Urge the President to Reinterpret Helms Amendment and Aid Nigerian Refugees

A campaign launched last week in response to more than 200 girls raped and impregnated by Boko Haram members urges President Obama to reinterpret the Helms Amendment to include abortion care.
Medical Experts Are Challenging an Arizona Law that Forces Doctors to Lie to Women

Medical Experts Are Challenging an Arizona Law that Forces Doctors to Lie to Women

Arizona health care providers filed a complaint in federal court yesterday against a recently passed state law requiring doctors to give patients false information, including that it may be possible to “reverse” a medical abortion.
Senator Gillibrand Continues Fight for Military Justice Improvement Act

Senator Gillibrand Continues Fight for Military Justice Improvement Act

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand yesterday filed the Military Justice Improvement Act as an amendment to the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act.
Speier and Meehan Introduce HALT Campus Sexual Violence Act

Speier and Meehan Introduce HALT Campus Sexual Violence Act

Representatives Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Patrick Meehan (R-PA) today re-introduced the Hold Accountable and Lend Transparency (HALT) Campus Sexual Violence Act to strengthen efforts to combat the epidemic of sexual violence on college campuses. “We have to stop campus sexual assault in its tracks,” said Speier. “We need real enforcement that will make colleges live...
President Ghani Confirms: Four Women Ambassadors to be Appointed in Afghanistan

President Ghani Confirms: Four Women Ambassadors to be Appointed in Afghanistan

Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan, announced that at least four women will be appointed as foreign diplomats, as well as made other promises for appointments of female government officials at varying levels of Afghanistan’s government. Last week, the Office of the President of Afghanistan tweeted that “at least four women ambassadors will be appointed to represent...
Ninth Circuit Rules Idaho's Abortion Ban and Several Abortion Restrictions Unconstitutional

Ninth Circuit Rules Idaho’s Abortion Ban and Several Abortion Restrictions Unconstitutional

In a major victory for women’s reproductive rights, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit last week upheld a lower court ruling striking down Idaho’s 20-week abortion ban, ruling that the law was “facially unconstitutional” because it banned abortions before viability, in direct violation of Roe v. Wade. This is the second time...
Groups Hold National Day of Action to Oppose “Fast Tracking” of TPP

Groups Hold National Day of Action to Oppose “Fast Tracking” of TPP

Activist groups are hosting a National Call-in Day of Action today, asking individuals across the nation to call their Representatives in the U.S. House and urge them to oppose Trade Promotion Authority, or “Fast Track”, for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sweeping trade agreement that has raised serious human rights concerns and threatens US jobs. Fast...
UN Conference for Climate Change Features Workshops on Gender and Climate

UN Conference for Climate Change Features Workshops on Gender and Climate

The annual United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change began yesterday in Bonn, Germany to discuss how to manage the scientific phenomenon of a changing climate and the effects it has on the Global South and women.  The conference will feature a multitude of meetings and workshops ranging from early warning systems in relation to...
Kansas House Passes Amendment to Abortion Bill

Kansas House Passes Amendment to Abortion Bill

The Kansas House of Representatives passed a bill this weekend to slightly lessen Kansas women’s access to abortion care. The bill, which was introduced this year in response to a court order that blocked a 2011 anti-abortion bill from being implemented, passed in the House 109-2 and will now go to the governor. HB 2228...
Murder Charges in Rana Plaza Garment Factory Collapse

Murder Charges in Rana Plaza Garment Factory Collapse

Bangladeshi officials have charged 41 people with murder for the April 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse that killed at least 1,127 workers, many of whom were young women. Those charged include Sohel Rana, the owner of Rana Plaza, as well as at least a dozen government officials. Another individual was charged with building code violations. The multi-story...
This Seattle High School Just Changed the Face of Birth Control Access for Students

This Seattle High School Just Changed the Face of Birth Control Access for Students

A public high school in Seattle will now be offering services for its students to provide long-lasting birth control, such as IUDs or hormonal implants, at the school-based health center. In 2009 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommended contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices as the most effective method of reducing unintended pregnancies for...