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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.
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.