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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.
Around the World, Mother's Day Is A Call to Action

Around the World, Mother’s Day Is A Call to Action

Becoming a mother didn't cost me my life, and it didn't cost my daughter hers either. Some moms aren’t so lucky.
Beverly Hills City Council Condemns Taliban-Like Brunei Penal Code

Beverly Hills City Council Condemns Taliban-Like Brunei Penal Code

"The City of Beverly Hills strongly condemns the government of Brunei as well as other governments which engage in similar policies for adopting laws that impose extreme and inhumane penalties including execution by stoning, flogging and severing of limbs."
President Obama Announces That US Will Help Nigeria Find Kidnapped Girls

President Obama Announces That US Will Help Nigeria Find Kidnapped Girls

President Barack Obama announced yesterday that the US will assist Nigeria in finding the over 200 teenage girls who were abducted by terrorist group Boko Haram three weeks ago.
PHOTOS: Feminists Rally Across from the Beverly Hills Hotel to #StopTheSultan!

PHOTOS: Feminists Rally Across from the Beverly Hills Hotel to #StopTheSultan!

Yesterday's star-studded #StopTheSultan rally was a huge success! We've got the photos to prove it.
Boko Haram Kidnaps Eight More Girls in Nigeria

Boko Haram Kidnaps Eight More Girls in Nigeria

Terrorist group Boko Haram reportedly kidnapped eight more girls, ages 12 to 15, from Warabe, another village in northeast Nigeria.
Feminist Majority Rally Brings Together Women's and LGBTQ Groups to Protest Brunei Penal Code

Feminist Majority Rally Brings Together Women’s and LGBTQ Groups to Protest Brunei Penal Code

“Every day the movement grows to demand that this Taliban-like penal code is rescinded,” said Smeal. “Advocates for LGBT and women’s rights are mobilized against this new Brunei penal code, and we are gratified that the Beverly Hills City Council has taken up a resolution condemning the law. People are outraged.”
Boko Haram Leader Admits to Mass Kidnapping in Nigeria, Declares Intent to Sell Girls

Boko Haram Leader Admits to Mass Kidnapping in Nigeria, Declares Intent to Sell Girls

The alleged leader of militant insurgency group Boko Haram admitted in a new video obtained by Agence France-Presse to kidnapping over 200 Nigerian girls on April 14 - and also declared his intentions to sell them "on the market."
Celebrities Join Women's, LGBT Rights Groups to Protest Brunei's "Kill-A-Gay, Flog-A-Woman" Penal Code

Celebrities Join Women’s, LGBT Rights Groups to Protest Brunei’s “Kill-A-Gay, Flog-A-Woman” Penal Code

Celebrities, including Jay Leno and Frances Fisher, joined Eleanor Smeal, president Feminist Majority, Mavis Leno, and a host of women’s rights and LGBT leaders in a rally today across from the Beverly Hills Hotel to demand the Sultan of Brunei rescind a Taliban-like Brunei penal code.
Ellie Smeal, Mavis and Jay Leno, Dolores Huerta, and Others Will Speak at #StopTheSultan Rally

Ellie Smeal, Mavis and Jay Leno, Dolores Huerta, and Others Will Speak at #StopTheSultan Rally

The Feminist Majority, which has pulled its annual event from the Beverly Hills Hotel -- owned by the Sultan of Brunei -- will hold a rally at noon on May 5 across from the hotel, to urge the Sultan to rescind a Taliban-like Brunei penal code.
Nigerians Demand More Rescue Efforts for 200 Kidnapped Girls

Nigerians Demand More Rescue Efforts for 200 Kidnapped Girls

Nigerians are demanding that their government do more to bring home the roughly 200 girls who were kidnapped more than two weeks ago on April 14 by the militant insurgency group Boko Haram.
Brutal Brunei Penal Code Goes into Effect Today

Brutal Brunei Penal Code Goes into Effect Today

The Southeast Asian nation of Brunei today adopted the first phase of a brutal penal code that includes the stoning to death of gay men and lesbians, the public flogging of women who have abortions, and the jailing of women who become pregnant outside of marriage.
TAKE ACTION: Protest Brunei's Kill-A-Gay and Flog-A-Woman Penal Code Online and in Beverly Hills!

TAKE ACTION: Protest Brunei’s Kill-A-Gay and Flog-A-Woman Penal Code Online and in Beverly Hills!

Please immediately reach out to the Sultan, the Brunei Embassy, the US Ambassador to Brunei, and the United Nations Secretary-General demanding that this new horrific Brunei penal code be rescinded.
FMF Pulls Event from Beverly Hills Hotel to Protest Sultan of Brunei Imposing Taliban-Like Rule

FMF Pulls Event from Beverly Hills Hotel to Protest Sultan of Brunei Imposing Taliban-Like Rule

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) announced it is pulling its annual Global Women’s Rights Awards, co-chaired by Jay and Mavis Leno, from the Beverly Hills Hotel because the hotel’s owner, the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, is imposing a Taliban-like Brunei penal code.
Afghanistan May Hold Runoff Presidential Election

Afghanistan May Hold Runoff Presidential Election

Preliminary results for Afghanistan's recent presidential election were released on Saturday, showing that former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and former Finance Minister and World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai are the top contenders.
Cuba Faces Condom Shortage

Cuba Faces Condom Shortage

A current condom shortage in Cuba is stirring fears of higher STD rates and unplanned pregnancies.
On 1st Anniversary of Rana Plaza Collapse, Need for More Change

On 1st Anniversary of Rana Plaza Collapse, Need for More Change

Workers protesting for higher wages, safer conditions, and better treatment, are often met with violence, and the government has had difficulty adhering to new safety regulations.
Join Us At the Global Women's Rights Awards!

Join Us At the Global Women’s Rights Awards!

We'd love for you to join us at the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Ninth Annual Global Women’s Rights Awards gala dinner and reception on the evening of Monday, May 5, 2014 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. But time is running out!
US Ranks 16th in 2014 Social Progress Index

US Ranks 16th in 2014 Social Progress Index

The United States ranked particularly low in health and wellness, coming in at 70th place, and ecosystem sustainability, 69th place. In the category of access to basic knowledge, the US ranked 39th.