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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.
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...
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...
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...
High School Student Wins International Award for Creating HIV Test

High School Student Wins International Award for Creating HIV Test

Nicole Ticea, a teen from Vancouver, Canada, won a top prize at the Intel International and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest high school science research competition for her invention of a simple and low-cost HIV test. Ticea, who is just 16, created a simple and inexpensive HIV test that can be sold over-the-counter at very...
Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Ireland became the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through popular vote on Friday.
Pregnant Women Left Vulnerable After Devastating Nepal Earthquake

Pregnant Women Left Vulnerable After Devastating Nepal Earthquake

About 14,000 women are expected to give birth in the coming weeks, and thousands of them are at risk of complications that require emergency care.
Afghan Girls Win Gold at International Science Competition

Afghan Girls Win Gold at International Science Competition

Three schoolgirls from Afghanistan won gold in biology at an international science competition hosted in Kenya last week.
Four Sentenced to Death, Eight to Prison for Brutal Murder of Afghan Woman

Four Sentenced to Death, Eight to Prison for Brutal Murder of Afghan Woman

The verdict for the 49 men charged with the murder of 27-year- old Farkhunda came yesterday, following a highly publicized and televised week-long trial and public outrage for violence against women in Afghanistan.
Sen. Reid Promises to Filibuster "Fast Track" for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Sen. Reid Promises to Filibuster “Fast Track” for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid has promised to delay efforts to push through the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal until the Senate first deals with two stalled bills that may soon expire.
400 Women and Children Have Been Rescued From Boko Haram in Nigeria

400 Women and Children Have Been Rescued From Boko Haram in Nigeria

On Tuesday, Nigerian troops announced they rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram - and today news has come out that troops rescued another 160 women and children.
Human Rights Group Seeks Pardon for Salvadoran Women Imprisoned for Miscarriages

Human Rights Group Seeks Pardon for Salvadoran Women Imprisoned for Miscarriages

Human rights groups are calling for the pardon of 15 women imprisoned in El Salvador for suffering a miscarriage.