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5/30/2001 - WHO Warns of Rise in Women Smoking
In preparation for World No-Tobacco Day on Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) this week released a report called Women and the Tobacco Epidemic. The report highlights tobacco advertisers use of targeted marketing towards women, effectively exploiting the struggle of women everywhere for equality and womens rights, by positioning cigarettes as a sign of independence and freedom....

5/29/2001 - UN Threatens to Stop Bread Aid to Afghanistan
The United Nations World Food Program gave the Taliban until June 15 to agree to allow Afghan women to help implement a survey that ensures the UNs food aid is getting to the neediest people in the capital city of Kabul....

5/25/2001 - Bush Undermines Powell in Refugee Bureau Nomination
In a move that does not resemble compassionate conservative politics, President George W....

5/24/2001 - UN Condemns Taliban for ID Badges
UN Secretary Kofi Annan this week condemned the Taliban decree ordering Hindus to wear a yellow identification badge....

5/23/2001 - Taliban Beat Unwed Couple Accused of Having Sex
Before a crowd of thousands in a packed stadium in the Afghanistan capital city of Kabul, Taliban regime soldiers delivered 100 lashes to a young man and woman who were accused of having sex without being married....

5/22/2001 - Taliban Retaliates After U.S. Humanitarian Aid Package
Religious Police Terrorize Hospital, Close Bread Bakeries and UN Offices The same day U.S....

5/22/2001 - Taliban to Force Religious Minorities in Afghanistan to Wear Yellow
The terrorist Taliban regime has requested a religious edict or fatwa to force non-Muslim religious minorities in Afghanistan to wear yellow garb so they may be singled out by all....

5/21/2001 - Taliban Closes World Food Program Bakeries
The Taliban terrorist regime has again shut down several of the World Food Program (WFP) bakeries over the weekend that are run by Afghan women and which supply approximately one-fifth of the bread supply for the Afghanistan capital city, Kabul....

5/18/2001 - US Provides $43 Million in Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan
Secretary of State Colin L....

5/18/2001 - Taliban Terrorizes Hospital to Stop Women and Men from Mixing
Members of Taliban religious police yesterday raided the first independently run hospital in Taliban-held areas of Afghanistan, claiming that male and female personnel were mixing illegally....

5/18/2001 - PHR Reports Afghans Oppose Talibans Restrictions on Women
The rights of women are strongly supported by more than 90% of the Afghan women and men included in the recent survey conducted in Afghanistan by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)....

5/7/2001 - French Parliament Hears Plight of Three Afghan Women
Three Afghan women, traveling under pseudonyms and wearing the all-enshrouding burqa, visited the French parliament last week in their campaign to raise international awareness about gender apartheid in their country....

5/7/2001 - Namibia Makes Homophobia National Policy
In late March, Namibian President Sam Nujoma issued a statement ordering the purging of homosexuals from his African nation....

5/3/2001 - UPDATE! House International Relations Committee Approves Bill to Reverse Global Gag Rule
In a bi-partisan 26 22 vote, the International Relations Committee approved a bill introduced by Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) that would effectively overturn President Bushs reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy or Global Gag Rule, that prohibits recipients of U.S....

5/3/2001 - Catholic Church Policy Forces Filipino Women into Unsafe Abortions
Women in the Philippines are trapped in an unbearable dilemma: the Catholic Church, whose influence over the country is strong, prohibits all forms of contraception, but extreme poverty prohibits large families....

5/2/2001 - 13 Senators Urge Powell to Send Emergency Funds to Afghanistan
Led by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), 13 U.S....

5/2/2001 - Congresswoman Lee Introduces Legislation to Reverse Global Gag Rule
Today Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) will introduce legislation to the House Foreign Relations Committee that could reverse President Bushs re-instatement of the Mexico City Policy, or Global Gag Rule, that prohibits recipients of U.S....

5/1/2001 - Pakistan Increasing Support for Taliban
The U.S....

4/27/2001 - Special Issue of Elle Magazine Focuses on Women in Afghanistan
The most recent issue of the French womens magazine Elle is completely devoted to covering the women of Afghanistan, the abuses they suffer under the ruling Taliban regime, and the dehumanization they endure....

4/25/2001 - UN to Increase Appeal for Aid to Afghanistan
The United Nations (UN) has decided to revise its appeal for 2001 far beyond the $250 million it earlier requested to aid the hundreds of thousands of starving, displaced people in Afghanistan after examining the countrys current humanitarian crisis. The original $250 million appeal was mainly for programs within Afghanistan and did not include funds to alleviate the suffering of Afghan refugees who have fled to Pakistan and are living in desperate conditions....

4/6/2001 - UN Blames Pakistan For Blockage Of Aid To Afghan Refugees
In a statement released by the United Nations, Pakistan has reneged on an agreement reached last month with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to allow adequate UN relief supplies to be delivered to the 70,000 Afghan refugees in the Jalozai refugee camp. One of the most desperate camps for Afghan refugees is located in the Pakistan city of Jalozai....

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....

4/4/2001 - French Parity Law Doubles Number of Women Elected
As a direct result of a new French law requiring 50% of candidates on municipal election ballots to be women, the number of women municipal officeholders more than doubled from 22% in 1995 to 47.5% in 2001....

4/3/2001 - U.S. State Department Says Taliban Unable To Govern
The Taliban have demonstrated that they unable to effectively govern, said U.S....

3/30/2001 - Repatriation Too Dangerous for Many Afghan Refugees
Thousands of unregistered Afghan refugees living near Peshawar, Pakistan, could be deported back to Taliban-controlled Afghanista, where gender apartheid and ethnic and cultural genocide are devastating a population already strained by a severe drought....