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12 Countries Have Called on El Salvador to Stop Criminalizing Abortion

12 Countries Have Called on El Salvador to Stop Criminalizing Abortion

“Now more than ever the international human rights community must continue to advocate and pressure the Salvadoran government to ensure women’s reproductive rights."
Largest USAID Women's Empowerment Program in the World Launched in Afghanistan

Largest USAID Women’s Empowerment Program in the World Launched in Afghanistan

Called "Promote," the program will invest up to $416 million dollars into the education, training, and promotion of Afghan women in civil society, government, and business.
Over 50 Women Hospitalized and 12 Dead in India After Botched Mass Sterilization at Government-Run Camp

Over 50 Women Hospitalized and 12 Dead in India After Botched Mass Sterilization at Government-Run Camp

Although four health officials, including one man who received an award last year for having performed 50,000 sterilization procedures, have been suspended, the Indian government denies claims of negligence.
President Obama Nominates Loretta Lynch to Serve as Attorney General

President Obama Nominates Loretta Lynch to Serve as Attorney General

In his announcement, the President emphasized the need for the next Attorney General to continue building on the civil and human rights legacy being left behind by Eric Holder, and pointed to the quiet, but solid record of his nominee.
Columbia University Fined Student Activists for the Carry That Weight Day of Action

Columbia University Fined Student Activists for the Carry That Weight Day of Action

A student-run feminist group at Columbia University is facing up to $1,500 in charges after a protest of campus rape and sexual assault.
Supreme Court Upholds Decision on Disclosure Law for Crisis Pregnancy Centers in New York City

Supreme Court Upholds Decision on Disclosure Law for Crisis Pregnancy Centers in New York City

The Supreme Court's decision lets stand a portion of a law that requires CPCs to post a "status disclosure" informing patients whether or not a licensed medical professional works on-site.
Oklahoma's Supreme Court Temporarily Preserved Abortion Access

Oklahoma’s Supreme Court Temporarily Preserved Abortion Access

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked two new abortion restrictions, allowing Oklahoma women to continue to access safe, legal abortion while the legal challenge to the state's laws continues in court.
Sixth Circuit Ruling on Gay Marriage Bans Could Send Marriage Equality to the Supreme Court

Sixth Circuit Ruling on Gay Marriage Bans Could Send Marriage Equality to the Supreme Court

This Sixth Circuit has changed the legal landscape, becoming the first federal Court of Appeals to uphold a ban since the US Supreme Court decided US v. Windsor.
Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Remain Missing as Boko Haram Leader Denies Ceasefire

Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Remain Missing as Boko Haram Leader Denies Ceasefire

A man claiming to be the leader of extremist group Boko Haram denied that successful ceasefire talks had taken place between the group and Nigerian officials laying out a plan for the return of over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in April. Now, their families are still waiting.
Election Day Victories Will Bring Paid Sick Leave to Massachusetts, California, and New Jersey

Election Day Victories Will Bring Paid Sick Leave to Massachusetts, California, and New Jersey

Employees in Massachusetts and in the cities of Oakland, California and Trenton and Montclair in New Jersey will be able to utilize their newly mandated sick leave by 2015.
Minimum Wage Workers Across the Nation Won Raises on Election Day

Minimum Wage Workers Across the Nation Won Raises on Election Day

Voters threw their weight behind state, county, and city referendums raising the minimum wage across seven states on Election Day Tuesday.
Election Day Decisions on Marijuana and Nonviolent Crimes Also Counter Racial Biases of War on Drugs

Election Day Decisions on Marijuana and Nonviolent Crimes Also Counter Racial Biases of War on Drugs

The new laws could help to significantly reduce the disparate impact of overpolicing and incarceration of people of color.
While Colorado and North Dakota Rejected Personhood on Election Day, Tennessee's Anti-Abortion Measure Passed

While Colorado and North Dakota Rejected Personhood on Election Day, Tennessee’s Anti-Abortion Measure Passed

Voters in North Dakota and Colorado handily defeated two state constitutional personhood amendments yesterday. In Tennessee, however, a state constitutional amendment that gives state legislators more power to restrict abortion access and birth control passed.
A Majority of Oregon's Electorate Voted for Women's Equality in the Midterm Election

A Majority of Oregon’s Electorate Voted for Women’s Equality in the Midterm Election

Over 116,000 signatures from registered voters in Oregon put Measure 89 on the ballot.
This Election Day, Students Are Mobilizing Against Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures

This Election Day, Students Are Mobilizing Against Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures

Students in North Dakota and Tennessee are getting out the vote against anti-abortion and anti-birth control ballot measures being decided today at the polls.
There's A Lot at Stake for Women on Election Day Tomorrow

There’s A Lot at Stake for Women on Election Day Tomorrow

Election Day is tomorrow, November 4 - and this year, there is much at stake for women, people of color, and young people.
Major Local and National Newspapers Want Colorado to Vote No on Amendment 67

Major Local and National Newspapers Want Colorado to Vote No on Amendment 67

18 newspapers in Colorado have spoken out against Amendment 67, a personhood amendment being decided by voters tomorrow which would ban all abortions and in-vitro fertilization in the state and restrict access to common forms of birth control.
Celebrities and Survivor Advocates Encourage Tennessee and North Dakota Voters to Reject Anti-Abortion Measures

Celebrities and Survivor Advocates Encourage Tennessee and North Dakota Voters to Reject Anti-Abortion Measures

Advocates for survivors of sexual violence in North Dakota and Tennessee urged voters to turn down two dangerous anti-abortion measures when they go to the polls on this Tuesday, stressing the damage these measures would cause.
Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage

Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage

The founder of Ave Maria University, Tom Monaghan - who also founded Domino's Pizza - governs the town of Ave Maria. The town only has one OB/GYN and prohibits the distribution of contraception completely.
Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1

Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1

Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.