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Iraqi Women Face Reproductive Health Care Shortage During Crisis

Iraqi Women Face Reproductive Health Care Shortage During Crisis

The United Nations warned this week that due to the escalating crisis in the northern and western parts of the country, about 250,000 Iraqi women and girls – including almost 60,000 pregnant women – need urgent health care as soon as possible. Recent violence in Iraq has displaced approximately one million people, overwhelming health facilities in parts...
Senate Subcommittee to Tackle Violence Against Women Globally

Senate Subcommittee to Tackle Violence Against Women Globally

To date, 187 countries support this international agreement to reduce violence and discrimination. The US isn't one of them. Tomorrow's hearing could be an opportunity to redeem that standing.
UK Religious Groups Unite to Condemn Female Genital Mutilation

UK Religious Groups Unite to Condemn Female Genital Mutilation

"No girl or woman should ever be forced to choose between her safety and her religious community and tradition and it is our sacred obligation to be just agents of change against this unjust practice."
Pakistan Metropolis Gets First Female Police Chief

Pakistan Metropolis Gets First Female Police Chief

"My husband opposed my decision to join the police force 20 years ago. It was a big challenge. I was a little bit hesitant to accept it."
High Turnout in Afghanistan's Presidential Runoff Election

High Turnout in Afghanistan’s Presidential Runoff Election

Over seven million Afghans, or 58 percent of the population, successfully voted in the runoff presidential election on Saturday, despite several attacks from the Taliban at polling centers.
Women of Afghanistan Push Equality on the Eve of Runoff Presidential Election

Women of Afghanistan Push Equality on the Eve of Runoff Presidential Election

Afghan women's groups Thursday held a press conference announcing that both of the presidential front-runners had signed a six-point petition for women's rights.
Women’s Rights Groups Demand that US Stop Negotiating TPP with Brunei Until the Sultan Revokes New Taliban-Like Laws

Women’s Rights Groups Demand that US Stop Negotiating TPP with Brunei Until the Sultan Revokes New Taliban-Like Laws

“As a global leader, the United States should not negotiate a free trade agreement with a country that has enacted laws hostile to basic human rights and dignity.”
Mass Grave in Ireland Contains Remains of Almost 800 Children from Catholic "Mother-And-Baby Home"

Mass Grave in Ireland Contains Remains of Almost 800 Children from Catholic “Mother-And-Baby Home”

The "mother-and-baby home," in operation from 1925 to 1961, was one of many Catholic Church-run institutions across Ireland created to house unwed pregnant women and hide the "stain" they would create on the morality of the country.
US Support of Afghanistan Will Continue Even As Troops Drawdown

US Support of Afghanistan Will Continue Even As Troops Drawdown

The remaining troops will help train and advise Afghan security forces, as well as assist in counter-terrorism operations.
Canada Pledges $3.5 Billion for Maternal Health Programs Worldwide

Canada Pledges $3.5 Billion for Maternal Health Programs Worldwide

"There is no better investment in the world's future prosperity than women's and children's health."
African Union Launches First Campaign to End Child Marriage

African Union Launches First Campaign to End Child Marriage

The African Union launched its first campaign to curb child marriage in Africa last week, in cooperation with African governments, UNICEF, the UK Department for International Development, and several civil society organizations.
Pakistani Woman Stoned to Death for Marrying A Man of Her Own Choosing

Pakistani Woman Stoned to Death for Marrying A Man of Her Own Choosing

"I killed my daughter as she had insulted all of our family by marrying a man without our consent, and I have no regret over it."
Nigerian Army Has Located Girls Abducted by Boko Haram

Nigerian Army Has Located Girls Abducted by Boko Haram

The Nigerian army announced yesterday that it has determined the location of the 200 girls abducted by extremist group Boko Haram more than one month ago, noting that they are still in the country.
Obama Sends US Military Personnel to Help Find Abducted Nigerian Girls

Obama Sends US Military Personnel to Help Find Abducted Nigerian Girls

The White House announced this week that it has deployed 80 US military personnel to Chad to help find the over 200 Nigerian girls abducted in April by militant group Boko Haram. “These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area,” he wrote in a letter to the House and Senate...
WATCH: Jay Leno, Frances Fisher, Ellie Smeal, and Others Speak Out to #StopTheSultan in Beverly Hills!

WATCH: Jay Leno, Frances Fisher, Ellie Smeal, and Others Speak Out to #StopTheSultan in Beverly Hills!

Couldn't make it to our May 5 rally to #StopTheSultan of Brunei's Taliban-like laws in Beverly Hills? No problem.
We Must Keep the Momentum Strong for Women and Girls' Education in Afghanistan

We Must Keep the Momentum Strong for Women and Girls’ Education in Afghanistan

Afghan girls are once again attending school, at the primary secondary, and university levels, and they are proving that if given opportunities, they can thrive.
Why the 2014 Afghanistan Election is Bringing Hope Back to Afghan Women

Why the 2014 Afghanistan Election is Bringing Hope Back to Afghan Women

We made it. We were able to show to the world that our security forces are robust enough to protect our infant democracy and our people remain worthy of international support.
Boko Haram Releases Video Offering Kidnapped Girls in Exchange for Released Prisoners

Boko Haram Releases Video Offering Kidnapped Girls in Exchange for Released Prisoners

Around 100 girls are shown in the video praying and wearing full grey veils.
Los Angeles City Council Condemns Brunei's Taliban-Like Penal Code

Los Angeles City Council Condemns Brunei’s Taliban-Like Penal Code

The City Council of Los Angeles, California approved a resolution this week condemning Brunei's brutal new "kill-a-gay, flog-a-woman" penal code and urging the nation and its Sultan to divest its ownership of the Beverly Hills Hotel, not long after a similar resolution was unanimously approved by the Beverly Hills City Council.
Reports Reveal Decrease in Maternal Mortality and Need for Faster Progress

Reports Reveal Decrease in Maternal Mortality and Need for Faster Progress

Two new reports by United Nations agencies revealed that although there has been significant progress in reducing maternal mortality worldwide over the last decade, much more can be done to protect women's lives.