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UN Expert Calls for Action To End Violence Against Women in Afghanistan

UN Expert Calls for Action To End Violence Against Women in Afghanistan

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Rashida Manjoo returned last week from a nine-day official visit in Afghanistan with a call to the Afghan Government and the international community to continue its focus on creating sustainable solutions to reduce violence against women. This was Manjoo’s third visit to Afghanistan, and the Special Rapporteur noted many positive developments since her...
Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law

Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law

The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state.
Oklahoma City Police Officer Charged With 36 Counts of Sexual Assault Will Go to Trial

Oklahoma City Police Officer Charged With 36 Counts of Sexual Assault Will Go to Trial

After a two-day preliminary hearing, an Oklahoma state court judge ordered that Daniel Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer, will stand trial for sexually assaulting 13 African-American women while on duty.
Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule

In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Ms. Wonder Awards Honor Young Grassroots Leaders in Anti-Violence, Fair Wage Movements

Ms. Wonder Awards Honor Young Grassroots Leaders in Anti-Violence, Fair Wage Movements

"I don't think I've ever been in a room with so much personal history, and so much future," Gloria Steinem said.
"1 In 3 Campaign" Is Holding Its First-Ever Online Speakout This Week

“1 In 3 Campaign” Is Holding Its First-Ever Online Speakout This Week

The 1 in 3 Campaign, a project of Advocates for Youth that highlights the stories of women who have had abortions, will host its first-ever online "speakout" event this Thursday.
Sexual Assault Awareness Events Are Taking Place Throughout the Country This Week For "It's On Us"

Sexual Assault Awareness Events Are Taking Place Throughout the Country This Week For “It’s On Us”

"It's On Us" launched a nationwide Week of Action yesterday, with students at campuses throughout the country hosting events calling on everyone to play a role in ending campus sexual violence.
Afghan Women's Rights Leader and Parlimentarian Survives Suicide Bombing Attack

Afghan Women’s Rights Leader and Parlimentarian Survives Suicide Bombing Attack

Afghan law maker and prominent women’s rights leader Shukria Barakzai survived a suicide bombing attack on her armed vehicle on Sunday, November 16. Three people were killed and more than 20 wounded in the attack, which took place several hundred feet from the Parliament building where Barakzai was headed.
NFL, Black Women's Roundtable Finally Meet to Tackle Domestic Violence

NFL, Black Women’s Roundtable Finally Meet to Tackle Domestic Violence

National Football League Commissioner, Roger Goodell finally met with members of the Black Women's Roundtable last week after failing to invite any women of color to weigh in on the League's initial plan of action on domestic violence.
UN Committee Reviews US on Police Brutality and Gender-Based Violence

UN Committee Reviews US on Police Brutality and Gender-Based Violence

Police brutality, military sexual assault, and gender-based violence in the US came under scrutiny this week.
TIME Magazine Faces Backlash for Attempting to Ban the Word "Feminist"

TIME Magazine Faces Backlash for Attempting to Ban the Word “Feminist”

Time Magazine is facing backlash after a poll they released last week listing the work “feminist” alongside popular slang terms on a list of words that should be “banned” in 2015.
Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Hear Challenge to Affirmative Action at University of Texas

Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Hear Challenge to Affirmative Action at University of Texas

In a brief order issued on Wednesday, the Fifth Circuit indicated that the decision to refuse rehearing was 10-5.
Maternal Death Rate in West Africa Expected to Rise Due to Ebola

Maternal Death Rate in West Africa Expected to Rise Due to Ebola

One in seven women could die during childbirth in the West African countries most impacted by the Ebola crisis.
Pentagon Launches Largest-Ever Military Sexual Assault Survey

Pentagon Launches Largest-Ever Military Sexual Assault Survey

The report will be issued online to all 200,000 active-duty servicewomen and 300,000 servicemen.
United States and China Announce Landmark Climate Change Deal on Carbon Emissions

United States and China Announce Landmark Climate Change Deal on Carbon Emissions

After almost a year of negotiations, the US and China announced an unprecedented pledge this morning to limit their carbon emissions, giving hope to climate change activists worldwide.
12 Countries Have Called on El Salvador to Stop Criminalizing Abortion

12 Countries Have Called on El Salvador to Stop Criminalizing Abortion

“Now more than ever the international human rights community must continue to advocate and pressure the Salvadoran government to ensure women’s reproductive rights."
Largest USAID Women's Empowerment Program in the World Launched in Afghanistan

Largest USAID Women’s Empowerment Program in the World Launched in Afghanistan

Called "Promote," the program will invest up to $416 million dollars into the education, training, and promotion of Afghan women in civil society, government, and business.
Over 50 Women Hospitalized and 12 Dead in India After Botched Mass Sterilization at Government-Run Camp

Over 50 Women Hospitalized and 12 Dead in India After Botched Mass Sterilization at Government-Run Camp

Although four health officials, including one man who received an award last year for having performed 50,000 sterilization procedures, have been suspended, the Indian government denies claims of negligence.
President Obama Nominates Loretta Lynch to Serve as Attorney General

President Obama Nominates Loretta Lynch to Serve as Attorney General

In his announcement, the President emphasized the need for the next Attorney General to continue building on the civil and human rights legacy being left behind by Eric Holder, and pointed to the quiet, but solid record of his nominee.
Columbia University Fined Student Activists for the Carry That Weight Day of Action

Columbia University Fined Student Activists for the Carry That Weight Day of Action

A student-run feminist group at Columbia University is facing up to $1,500 in charges after a protest of campus rape and sexual assault.