Posts tagged "women’s rights"
New All-Women Jirga in Pakistan Takes Steps Toward Equality

New All-Women Jirga in Pakistan Takes Steps Toward Equality

In Pakistan, the rights of fundamentalists surpass the rights of women.
Federal Judge Blocks North Dakota Six Week Abortion Ban

Federal Judge Blocks North Dakota Six Week Abortion Ban

Yesterday a federal judge placed a temporary block on North Dakota's ban on abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Signed into law in March, the abortion law in North Dakota bans the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can usually be found around the six-week mark. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland said...
New Report Shows FGM in Decline, But 30 Million Girls Still at Risk

New Report Shows FGM in Decline, But 30 Million Girls Still at Risk

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) published a report Monday saying that 30 million girls are at risk for female genital mutilation (FGM), despite a global decline in the practice.
USC Under Investigation for Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases

USC Under Investigation for Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases

The United States Department of Education (DOE) has opened an investigation into the mishandling of sexual assault cases by the University of Southern California (USC) and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. The DOE's Office for Civil Rights is investigating the schools under Title IX, a law that bans discrimination on the basis of gender, and...
Pregnancy Pricetags, Impossible Choices: Women in the US Are Between A Rock and a Hard Place

Pregnancy Pricetags, Impossible Choices: Women in the US Are Between A Rock and a Hard Place

When women get pregnant in America, they pay more and die more than women in other industrialized nations.
Hobby Lobby Win Injunction Against Birth Control Mandate

Hobby Lobby Win Injunction Against Birth Control Mandate

After receiving a temporary injunction from US District Judge Joe Heaton last week, Hobby Lobby will now be exempted from the Affordable Care Act stipulation that requires employer-based insurance plans to cover various birth control methods at no extra cost to employees until October 1, 2013.
USAID Announces Plan for Afghan Women

USAID Announces Plan for Afghan Women

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new $200 million program Thursday for Afghan women. The five-year plan, called Promote, is expected to increase economic, social, and political participation of women between the ages of 18 and 30 through education, job training, microfinance and credit for female entrepreneurs, and training for policymaking.
Northern Virginia Clinic Forced to Close

Northern Virginia Clinic Forced to Close

NOVA Women's Healthcare, an abortion provider that is repudiated to be the busiest clinic in Virginia, has closed its facility in Fairfax as a result of new city regulations combined with impending new Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers (TRAP laws). NOVA was one of the main abortion clinics in the Northern Virginia area, and a...
Bangladesh Passes New Garment Factory Labor Law

Bangladesh Passes New Garment Factory Labor Law

On Monday, the Bangladesh Parliament approved a new law aimed at expanded worker rights, especially in the garment industry. The law grants factory workers the right to unionize, as well as requires insurance for factory workers.
Gillibrand Gains New Bi-Partisan Support in Fight Against Military Sexual Assault

Gillibrand Gains New Bi-Partisan Support in Fight Against Military Sexual Assault

Today conservative Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) will officially announce their support for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's provision of the National Defense Reauthorization Act that would remove cases of military sexual assault from the chain of command.
UN Women Appoints South African Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka as Executive Director

UN Women Appoints South African Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka as Executive Director

Last week, the UN Women, the UN body charged with advancing gender equality, announced that Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka from South Africa would take the position of Executive Director.
Texas Passes Anti-Abortion Law, Confiscates Tampons

Texas Passes Anti-Abortion Law, Confiscates Tampons

The Texas state Senate passed an anti-abortion law that threatens to close all but five clinics in the state and has garnered national attention in a vote of 19 to 11 on Friday.
House Legislators Cut Food Stamps for 48 Million Americans

House Legislators Cut Food Stamps for 48 Million Americans

On Thursday afternoon, the US House of Representatives passed a severely reduced version of The Farm Bill. This version of the bill eliminated the food stamp program and the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP).
Ireland Passes First Abortion Exception Law

Ireland Passes First Abortion Exception Law

Early Friday morning, Irish lawmakers passed a bill allowing abortions if the mother's life is in danger. For the first time the Roman Catholic country approved a bill in the lower house of the parliament (Dail) in a 127 to 31 vote.
Catholic Health Association Agrees with Birth Control Coverage Provision

Catholic Health Association Agrees with Birth Control Coverage Provision

The Catholic Health Association announced that it no longer disagrees with Obama Administration's Contraception Solution, a plan that will allow employees to receive free birth control coverage.
Indian Juvenile Court Defers Verdict of Fatal Rape Case

Indian Juvenile Court Defers Verdict of Fatal Rape Case

A juvenile court in India has deferred the verdict of a 17 year old who is accused of participating in the gang-rape of a woman who later died from her injuries. He is charged with "rape, murder, destroying evidence, and other crimes including kidnapping carried out while aged 17."
Unlawful Single-Sex Education Case Settled in WV Court

Unlawful Single-Sex Education Case Settled in WV Court

A settlement reached this week between the ACLU of West Virginia and the Wood County Board of Education will result in the abandonment of single-sex education attempts for the next two years in the West Virginia school district.
NC Legislature Passes Another "Sneak Attack" Anti-Abortion Bill

NC Legislature Passes Another “Sneak Attack” Anti-Abortion Bill

Conservative North Carolina representatives have passed a "sneak attack" bill that combines an unrelated House bill on motorcycle safety with anti-abortion provisions. These provisions mirror the amendment added to an anti-Sharia bill that was passed in the Senate.
Supreme Court Reversed Woman's Torture Case in Afghanistan

Supreme Court Reversed Woman’s Torture Case in Afghanistan

A case of three Afghans who were jailed for torturing a girl has been reversed by the Afghan Supreme Court. Sahar Gul was sold for $5,000 to a 30 years old man New York Times said
Judge Temporarily Blocks Abortion Law in Wisconsin

Judge Temporarily Blocks Abortion Law in Wisconsin

A federal judge temporarily blocked the portion of a new Wisconsin abortion law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. U.S. District Judge Conley delayed the law for 10 days, until after another hearing on July 17th.