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Afghan Women Awarded for Women's Rights Advocacy

Afghan Women Awarded for Women’s Rights Advocacy

Ten women in Afghanistan were awarded the prestigious Medal of Malalai for their work promoting women's rights.
Los Angeles Mayor Announces Model Gender Equity Directive

Los Angeles Mayor Announces Model Gender Equity Directive

“Gender equity must permeate every level of City operations—as leaders, employers, and service providers,” the unparalleled directive reads.
Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time

Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time

Women in Saudi Arabia registered to vote over the weekend, preparing to participate for the first time in local elections this December.
Looking Back: My Experience as a Woman Studying Computer Science at Kabul University

Looking Back: My Experience as a Woman Studying Computer Science at Kabul University

Kabul University has more than 20,000 students from all over the country, all of whom had to pass a tough entrance exam. And I was one of them.
Research Shows Cost of Unsafe Abortions in Developing Countries

Research Shows Cost of Unsafe Abortions in Developing Countries

Up to 7 million women per year require treatment for complications from unsafe abortions in developing countries, new research shows.
Amnesty Votes on Policy to Decriminalize Sex Work, Sparks Feminist Debate

Amnesty Votes on Policy to Decriminalize Sex Work, Sparks Feminist Debate

The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women sent an open letter signed by over 400 groups and individuals to Amnesty International asking it to reconsider a policy to decriminalize sex work.
Mexican Court Convicts Five Men to 697 Years in Prison for Femicide

Mexican Court Convicts Five Men to 697 Years in Prison for Femicide

The ruling is being called a "megajuicio," or mega-judgement, by the Mexican press.
Kenyan Groups Empowering Women Are Also Changing Their Communities

Kenyan Groups Empowering Women Are Also Changing Their Communities

Thanks to three different women’s groups in Kenya, rural villages are prospering.
70 Organizations Are Urging the President to Fund Abortion Care Abroad

70 Organizations Are Urging the President to Fund Abortion Care Abroad

The Feminist Majority and over 70 other groups released a letter to President Obama yesterday that calls on him to reinterpret the Helms Amendment and meet with the people running women's health programs in Africa on an upcoming trip to the continent.
Businesses in the UK Will Now Be Required to Report Differences in Earnings By Gender

Businesses in the UK Will Now Be Required to Report Differences in Earnings By Gender

United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron announced a measure last week aimed at making the gender pay gap much more visible.
Senate Blocks Global Gag Rule

Senate Blocks Global Gag Rule

  A bipartisan majority in the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment that repeals the anti-abortion “Global Gag Rule” and restores $600 million in funding for international family planning and reproductive health services. Republican Senator Mark Kirk (IL) and GOP Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined Senate Democrats in passing the amendment....
President Assures There Will Be Justice for Farkhunda in Afghanistan Following Outcry by Women's Rights Leaders

President Assures There Will Be Justice for Farkhunda in Afghanistan Following Outcry by Women’s Rights Leaders

Leaders were outraged last week when the Appeals Court of Afghanistan reversed the death penalties issued in the murder case of Farkhunda, who was killed by an angry mob in March.
Michelle Obama Speaks Out About Girls' Education Around the World

Michelle Obama Speaks Out About Girls’ Education Around the World

The First Lady delivered an inspiring speech promoting girls’ education earlier this month at London’s Mulberry School.
Women's Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights

Women’s Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights

A woman in Kenya is suing the Kenyan government for failure to provide safe and legal abortions, which caused her daughter - a 15-year-old rape victim - to suffer a kidney failure after undergoing the procedure illegally.
Senate Narrowly Approves of Vote for Fast Tracking the TPP

Senate Narrowly Approves of Vote for Fast Tracking the TPP

The Senate voted this morning to advance consideration of trade promotion authority, also known as “fast track” authority, for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), barely getting the 60 votes necessary to continue the bill. The cloture vote, which was needed in order to proceed with a vote on fast track authority for the TPP, was narrowly...
TPP "Fast Track" Headed Back to the Senate Again

TPP “Fast Track” Headed Back to the Senate Again

In what has become a procedural roller-coaster, the House voted 218 to 208 yesterday to pass Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
China's Maternal Mortality Rate Has Decreased Dramatically

China’s Maternal Mortality Rate Has Decreased Dramatically

The National Health and Family Planning Commission released a report this month showing that China’s maternal death rate has dropped by over seventy-five percent in the past twenty-five years.
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.
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.