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9/14/2010 - Bachelet to Lead UN Women
United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced today that former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet will be the first head of the new UN agency, UN Women....

7/7/2010 - Unanimous Vote Creates "UN Women"
The UN voted unanimously Friday to create a new office on women to be called the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), which will begin operating officially in January 2011....

7/28/2008 - Sex Testing Set Up for Olympics
Beijing Olympic officials have set up a sex determination lab to test female athletes suspected of being males, Chinese media reported yesterday....

1/5/2006 - Bush Makes Recess Appointment of Sauerbrey Despite Women's Protests
Yesterday, President Bush made a recess appointment of Ellen Sauerbrey to be Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, circumventing Congressional opposition to her appointment....

10/26/2005 - Senators on Foreign Relations Committee Press Nominee Sauerbrey on Her Record
Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing yesterday to consider Ellen Sauerbrey, President Bush's nominee to be Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration....

10/18/2005 - Womens Rights Coalition Demands Withdrawal of Bush's Nomination of Sauerbrey
The Feminist Majority Foundation, along with nine other women's rights and health organizations has called for the withdrawal of President Bush's nomination of Ellen Sauerbrey to be Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration....

3/10/2005 - Russia: Governmental Support of Women's Equality Weakened in Past Decade
Over 200 women's organizations have sent a letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin calling for him to create and fund a national committee on gender equality, which is increasingly necessary as women's status continues to decline in the country....

3/4/2005 - US Withdraws Amendment to Global Women's Rights Agreement
In a victory for women, the United States today withdrew a controversial amendment to a United Nations declaration reaffirming the UN Platform for Action on women's rights....

3/3/2005 - BREAKING NEWS: US Withdraws Part of Controversial Amendment to Global Agreement
The US delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women today withdrew part of a controversial amendment but has so far still refused to reaffirm the Platform of Action on Women's Rights....

3/1/2005 - Womens Rights Leaders Call on US to Reaffirm Historic Platform
Leading women's rights and human rights leaders are calling on the Bush Administration to reaffirm the historic women's rights platform that is currently being reviewed at the United Nations....

10/7/2004 - No Gains For African Women Since Beijing Summit
During a recent forum convened by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, an announcement was made that African women have not made gains since the Beijing Summit ten years ago....

3/12/2004 - Introduction
(All materials written by Women's Environment and Development Organization at www.wedo.org). by Sororro Reyes The good news about womens political empowerment is that 189 governments have promised women equal access to and full participation in power structures and decision making....

3/8/2004 - US Mission to the UN Concerned About Abortion in Beijing Platform
At the 48th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the US mission stated that it might not "reaffirm" the Beijing Platform because of the Bush Administration's concern about "abortion" language in the platform....

2/25/2004 - The Women's Treaty: CEDAW
On December 18, 1979, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women....

9/17/2003 - China: Religious Leaders See No Link Between Forced Abortions and UNFPA
A group of religious leaders who studied the United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) family planning work in China said that they found no evidence to back accusations by the administration that the UNFPA supports forced abortions....

8/15/2002 - Male Preference Continues to Grow in Asia
In India and China, where cultural beliefs remain steadfast, recent reports show that the preference for sons has dramatically widened female-male birth ratios and boosted incidents of infanticide....

6/3/2002 - UN Session Focusing on CEDAW Opens Today
The 23-member United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women kicks off its 27th biannual session today at UN Headquarters in New York to review implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)....

4/8/2002 - Men Continue to Dominate Global Economic Arena
While women make up 70 percent of the worlds poor, men continue to dominate the worlds major global financial institutions....

12/7/2001 - Afghan Womens Summit Announces Reconstruction Recommendations
The Afghan Womens Summit for Democracy concluded in Brussels by issuing a proclamation announcing its demands and recommendations for the successful reconstruction of Afghan society....

8/29/2001 - Bush Administration Will Attend U.N. Childrens Session
A State Department spokesperson announced late yesterday that, despite concerns over abortion-related language, the Bush Administration does plan to send a delegation to the United Nations General Assembly session on children this September....

4/6/2001 - Women Building Peace Campaign Delivers 100,000 Petitions To UN
On International Womens Day 2001, over one-hundred-thousand signatures, from 140 countries, were presented to the United Nations, urging the international community and governments to honor the commitments they made in Beijing in 1995....

11/3/2000 - Vatican Denounces RU 486
The Vatican has denounced the sale of RU 486 (also known as mifepristone) and has suggested that Catholic chemists refuse to sell the pill as conscientious objectors....

9/5/2000 - Women In Sudan Banned From Working
The governor of Sudan's Khartoum state, Mazoub Khalifa, announced a decree banning women in the capitol city of Khartoum from working "in public places where they are in direct contact with men." Kalifa states that the decree, "is to honour women, uphold their lofty status and put them in the appropriate place that respects the values and observes the tradition of our nation." A survey conducted this week in Khartoum found that the decree was observed in public places where women university students worked. Sudan has long held a less than favorable record on women's human rights that continues with its refusal to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)....

7/11/2000 - The Technological Revolution Leaves Women in Africa Behind
Women in Africa and developing nations are being left behind in the technological revolution, threatening to exacerbate gender inequities and further push women and girls into impoverishment....

6/30/2000 - Poor Economic Status Inhibits Women Contesting Political Office Across Globe
Women globally struggle to achieve their political aspirations due to obstacles such as poor economic status and patriarchal stereotypes....