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2/19/2015 - Feminist Activists Protest TPP and Bruneian Penal Code Outside Beverly Hills Hotel
Activists gathered across the street from the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles yesterday to call on Congress to exclude Brunei from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The crowd included organizers from the Feminist Majority Foundation, FMF board member Mavis Leno, as well as leadership from organizations such as 1 Billion Rising, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and Unite Here who organized the rally....

2/18/2015 - New Bill Would Create a Registry of Military Sex Offenders
Due to loopholes in the system, many convicted sex offenders in the military are not registered as sex offenders when they complete their service....

2/18/2015 - Lawmakers Push Forward with Abortion Restrictions Across the Nation
In states such as Washington, Arizona, Minnesota, and South Carolina, lawmakers are introducing bills placing restrictions on abortion access. In Washington, two bills are being introduced to restrict abortion care access....

2/18/2015 - Yale Fraternity That Violated Sexual Misconduct Policy Now Banned From Campus
A Yale fraternity has been banned from conducting on-campus activities until August 2016 as a result of violating the university's sexual misconduct code. The fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) will not be allowed to hold on-campus activities, use the school bulletin boards or email system to communicate, or use the fraternity's name "in connection with the university." SAE underwent an investigation last year following a complaint about a presentation at the fraternity's induction ceremony in February 2014....

2/13/2015 - Irish Women Speak Out Against Brutal Childbirth Operations
Between 1942 and 1990 in Ireland, more than 1,500 pregnant women in childbirth endured, often without their consent, an operation called symphysiotomy that involves breaking the pelvis to make more space for the baby to be born and sometimes involving having their pubic bone sawed through....

2/13/2015 - Testing Detroit's Backlogged Rape Kits Has Already Identified 188 Serial Rapists
Advocates are making a push to eliminate the backlog of almost 11,000 rape kits that have gone untested in Detroit....

2/12/2015 - Worldwide Attacks Against Schoolgirls Are on the Rise
Attacks against girls who seek an education are increasing around the world, according to a United Nations report released Monday. The report, conducted by the Women's Human Rights and Gender section of the Human Rights Council, shows attacks on schools have happened in at least 70 countries between 2009 and 2014 and that many of the attacks were "directed at girls, parents and teachers advocating for gender equality in education....

2/11/2015 - Three Muslim Students Have Been Shot and Killed in North Carolina in Possible Hate Crime
Three Muslim students were shot and killed by a white man Tuesday afternoon in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The victims, Yusor Mohammad and her husband, Deah Shaddy Barakat, and sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, were all students in their late teens or early 20s; they were shot in the head and pronounced dead on the scene....

2/10/2015 - John Legend Drops Performance at Beverly Hills Hotel in Response to Brunei's Anti-Gay, Anti-Woman Penal Code
Singer and songwriter John Legend announced that he would not be performing at the coveted L.A....

2/9/2015 - Marriage Equality Has Officially Come to Alabama
On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to stop a federal court ruling that requires Alabama state officials to recognize same-sex marriage rights, and, despite some objections, the state began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The order issued by the Supreme Court says it turned down an application to stay the decisions by the lower court in order to wait for justices to figure out among themselves whether the Constitution allows same-sex marriage. This action came only hours after Alabama's Chief Justice Roy Moore ordered the state's probate judges to not give any marriage licences to same-sex couples....

2/9/2015 - Supreme Court Declines to Hear Petition Overturning a Pregnancy Discrimination Decision
The Supreme Court declined to hear a petition to overturn a decision by the 8the Circuit Court of appeals this month in a pregnancy discrimination case....

2/9/2015 - Violence Against Women Came to the Forefront at Last Nights Grammy Awards
The 57the Annual Grammy Awards set a new precedent last night with a speech from a domestic violence survivor and activist and the airing of a PSA from President Obama about violence against women. Party way through the awards ceremony last night, President Obama appeared on a video screen....

2/6/2015 - The World Future Council Calls on Governments to End FGM
The World Future Councilors and Ambassadors are calling on governments to end the practice of Female Genitalia Mutilation, or FGM....

2/6/2015 - Black Girls Matter: New Report Exposes Gendered and Racial Disparities in Education Too Often Erased
A new report outlines the obstacles facing Black girls in America's school systems - and demands that advocates, policymakers, and educators do better to foster safe spaces for Black girls to learn and grow. "Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected" was released yesterday by the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) and Columbia Law School's Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies....

2/5/2015 - FCC Chairman Proposes Strongest Ever Open Internet Protections

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has penned an open letter proposing the strongest open Internet protections to-date.

"I am proposing that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open internet protections," Wheeler in Wired Magazine yesterday....

2/4/2015 - Michigan Lawmakers Want to Create Even More Extraneous Requirements for Abortion Providers
Lawmakers in Michigan have introduced this month yet another reporting requirement for physicians performing an abortion, with the specific aim of increasing the number of reported complications from abortion. State Bill No....

2/4/2015 - Women in Afghanistan Protest Lack of Representation in Cabinet
Afghan women took to the streets in Kabul yesterday to protest the lack of female representation in the newly announce cabinet for President Ashraf Ghani. During their election campaign last year, President Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah promised to increase the representation of women in the cabinet, saying at least four of the positions would be women....

2/3/2015 - UVA President Announces Initiatives to Curb Campus Sexual Assault
The University of Virginia's president, Teresa Sullivan, recently spoke to the campus community about what's next in their push to end sexual assault on campus and strengthen their policies for survivrs....

2/2/2015 - Activist Monica Jones Can Now Appeal Her Conviction for
An Arizona appeals court Monday overruled an April verdict that found activist Monica Jones guilty of "walking while trans" in a case that highlighted police profiling of trans women of color. Jones, a transgender women of color who is known for organizing around sex workers' rights, was found guilty of "manifesting prosititution" by an Arizona judge last year because she accepted a ride with two undercover police officers in May 2013....

1/30/2015 - Protestors Demand Justice After Denver Police Fatally Shoot Queer Latina Teen
On Monday morning, a 16-year-old lesbian Latina named Jessie Hernandez was shot and killed by Denver police....

1/30/2015 - New UK Guidelines Would Put the Onus on Rape Suspects, Not Victims, in Sexual Violence Cases
This week, the Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders said it's time for UK's legal system to put the onus on the attacker, rather than the victim, in rape cases, and outlined a new set of legal guidelines to make that happen....

1/29/2015 - Ohio Legislator Became Pro-Choice After Listening To Women's Stories
Tim Ryan, Democratic U.S....

1/28/2015 - Former Vanderbilt Football Players Found Guilty in Campus Sexual Assault Case
Two former students of Vanderbilt University have been found guilty of four counts of aggravated rape, one count of attempted aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, and one count of tampering with evidence and unlawful photography by a jury in Nashville yesterday....

1/28/2015 - Senator Boxer Urges President to Continue Support for UN Population Fund
Earlier this week, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) along with 21 of her Senate colleagues sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to maintain support for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). UNFPA, which promotes maternal and reproductive health, conducts major demographic surveys, and campaigns against fistula and female genital mutilation, supports programs in over 150 countries....

1/27/2015 - Marissa Alexander To Be Released from Prison
Marissa Alexander is expected to be released from prison today, where she spent the last three years of her life after firing a warning shot into the air to defend herself from her estranged and abusive husband....