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Female Afghan Parliamentarian Injured in Shooting Attack

Female Afghan Parliamentarian Injured in Shooting Attack

Maryam Koofi, a member of Afghanistan's Parliament, was wounded in a shooting yesterday.
Philippines Supreme Court Upholds Law Promoting Reproductive Health Access

Philippines Supreme Court Upholds Law Promoting Reproductive Health Access

The Court's ruling, however, was not a complete victory for women's health.
Protestors Fight For #Not1More Deportation Across the US

Protestors Fight For #Not1More Deportation Across the US

"Immigration reform has been stalled, and we need action now. Not in three months, not review. We need it now."
Millions of Afghans Vote in Historic Elections

Millions of Afghans Vote in Historic Elections

The Afghan Independent Commission (IEC) estimates that at least one-third of Afghan voters on Saturday were women.
Afghanistan Heads to the Polls Tomorrow

Afghanistan Heads to the Polls Tomorrow

The elections represent a pivotal moment in the history of Afghanistan, which will conduct its first democratic transition of presidential power once the vote is complete.
Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Maintaining Commitment to Afghan Women and Girls

Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Maintaining Commitment to Afghan Women and Girls

"My family decided to move back to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. After we returned, I remained committed to working to improve Afghan women’s lives."
13,000 Women Will Work to Secure Polling Centers on Afghanistan's Election Day

13,000 Women Will Work to Secure Polling Centers on Afghanistan’s Election Day

There was some concern last summer that there would not be enough women security officers to work at the polling stations set aside for women, but the government has now surpassed its recruitment goal.
Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Making Real the Right to Education for Afghan Women and Girls

Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Making Real the Right to Education for Afghan Women and Girls

" I owe my achievements both to Jaghori resistance to the Taliban and to the U.S. and NATO presence in Afghanistan, which protected my right to an education, and continues to help secure this right for all Afghan women and girls."
House Democrats Seek International Convention on Gender-Based Violence In Workplace

House Democrats Seek International Convention on Gender-Based Violence In Workplace

House Democrats asked the Obama administration yesterday to support the International Labour Organization's (ILO) efforts to combat global gender-based violence in the workplace.
UN Commission On The Status of Women Convenes This Week

UN Commission On The Status of Women Convenes This Week

This year, the annual event will focus on development, particularly women and girls' equal access to education, and their access to sexual and reproductive education, health, and rights.
Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Hope for Afghan Women

Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Hope for Afghan Women

"Even with all of the progress in Afghanistan, I still have nightmares when I think about those dark days of the Taliban regime."
Report Finds Record Number of Women Winning Political Seats Worldwide

Report Finds Record Number of Women Winning Political Seats Worldwide

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) - an international organization of parliamentarians - released its annual review of Women in Parliament last week at the United Nations, showing a record number of women winning Parliamentary seats around the world.
US Honors Afghan Doctor as an International Woman of Courage

US Honors Afghan Doctor as an International Woman of Courage

Dr. Nasrin, a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology, operated an underground women's health clinic in Afghanistan during the Taliban regime, providing urgently needed maternal health services, including emergency obstetric care.
Saudi Women Demand End To Absolute Male Authority

Saudi Women Demand End To Absolute Male Authority

Activist Aziza Yousef told AFP news agency over the weekend that the activists are demanding "measures to protect women's rights," as well as the right for women to drive, ahead of International Women's Day on March 8.
Recap: Spotlight on Role of Women Continues in Second Afghan Presidential Debate

Recap: Spotlight on Role of Women Continues in Second Afghan Presidential Debate

Stressing that the Afghan people, especially women’s groups, are curious to know the candidate’s views on violence against women and other forms of discrimination against women, the debate moderator asked the candidates for their views on the importance of women’s role in society and in the economic development of Afghanistan.
Female Afghan Parliamentarian Speaks Out About Women's Progress in Afghanistan

Female Afghan Parliamentarian Speaks Out About Women’s Progress in Afghanistan

"If the world could only see through our eyes," Koofi writes, "they might get a glimpse of the fact that Afghan women have come a long way over the last decade."
Libya To Compensate Victims of Rape During 2011 Conflict

Libya To Compensate Victims of Rape During 2011 Conflict

Compensation could come in the form of financial assistance, a safe place to stay, and physical and psychological health care.
Afghan Ministry of Justice Amends Criminal Procedure Code to Protect Women Victims of Violence

Afghan Ministry of Justice Amends Criminal Procedure Code to Protect Women Victims of Violence

This is a victory for Afghan women who have been fighting for better enforcement of laws that make violence against women a crime – including rape, domestic assault, honor killings, child marriage, and baad, the practice of resolving disputes by giving away one’s daughters.
Ugandan President Signs Anti-Gay Bill Into Law

Ugandan President Signs Anti-Gay Bill Into Law

In response, Norway and Denmark have already cut off aid to the Ugandan government, and Sweden and the US are considering a similar response.
Free Maternal and Childcare Center Commissioned in Nigeria

Free Maternal and Childcare Center Commissioned in Nigeria

In his remarks announcing the new maternal and childcare center, Governor Uduaghan also promoted the use of family planning as a means of increasing maternal and child heath.