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3/27/2001 - Swiss Parliament Legalizes Abortion
More than eight years after the Swiss Socialist Party proposed legalizing abortion, the Swiss Parliament voted last week to legalize abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy without obliging women to seek neutral advice at a state-approved center....

3/26/2001 - Presidential Memorandum To Skirt Senate Opposition to Global Gag Rule
With one presidential memorandum, President Bush will attempt to ensure the reinstitution of the Global Gag rule that will prohibit family planning programs in the developing world that provide abortion information or abortion counseling from receiving U.S....

3/23/2001 - Special Series: Priests, Rape, and AIDS Part III
Priests Impregnate Nuns, Some Advise Abortion Reports from 23 countries, mostly concentrated in Africa, reveal the widespread sexual exploitation of nuns by priests, many of whom are targeting nuns for sex because they see nuns as safe from HIV and AIDS....

3/22/2001 - Senators Boxer and Reid Introduce Effort to Overturn Global Gag Rule
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) announced Tuesday that they and five other Senators will be challenging the Mexico City Policy, reinstated by President Bush on February 15....

3/22/2001 - Special Series: Priests, Rape, and AIDS Part II
Sexual Exploitation of Nuns by Priests Widespread The scandal surrounding priests, rape, and AIDS, according to news accounts, includes abuses of power and financial explotation....

3/19/2001 - Post Chronicles Afghan Refugee Crisis
In a front page story in this Sundays Washington Post, journalist David Finkel provides one of the first comprehensive U.S....

3/16/2001 - UNHCR May Send 1.5 Million Refugees Back to Afghanistan, Despite Gender Apartheid
The new head of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees Ruund Lubbers announced possible plans to return 1.5 million refugees to Afghanistan....

3/16/2001 - European Parliament Condemns Gender Apartheid
The European Parliament released a resolution this week condemning the Talibans treatment of women and girls in Afghanistan, as well as its destruction of ancient Buddha statues....

3/14/2001 - Homosexuality No Longer a Mental Illness in China
After a five-year study by a task force assigned to overhaul Chinas classifications of mental illness, the Chinese Psychiatric Association has removed homosexuality from its handbook of mental diseases and no longer considers homosexuality to be a pathological condition....

3/14/2001 - Taliban Demand Woman BBC Correspondent Leave Afghanistan
Taliban Annihilate 5th Century Buddhist Statues Taliban officials announced today their complete destruction of two ancient giant Buddhist statues....

3/12/2001 - A Night Without Men for the Women of Bogota, Columbia
Last Friday, the eccentric mayor of Bogata, Columbia, declared the evening to be a Night Without Men, and encouraged the women of the city to spend an evening celebrating with other women at bars, concerts and festivals....

3/9/2001 - International Womens Day Events Highlight Womens Role in Peace
Several International Womens Day events highlighted womens role in the peace-making process worldwide, and focused on the fact that women and their children often constitute the majority of the victims of war and conflict....

3/9/2001 - Report Exposes Catholic Groups Ties to Anti-Abortion Organization
A report by Catholics for a Free Choice released this week exposes the connection between the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (CAFHRI), a conservative anti-reproductive rights group that lobbies the United Nations, and the anti-abortion group Human Life International, and reveals shocking remarks about Hillary Clinton made by its president Austin Ruse....

3/8/2001 - Celebrate International Womens Day March 8, 2001
Today marks the 144th International Womens Day, a day to celebrate the accomplishments of women worldwide and to continue the fight for global equality for women and girls....

3/8/2001 - Number of Working Women Worldwide Increase; Glass Ceiling, Wage Inequity Remain
In recognition of International Womens Day, the International Labor Organization released a report on the status of working women around the world....

3/8/2001 - Study Examines Womens Reproductive Health Risk Worldwide
A study released today by Population Action International (PAI) reported women in America face greater reproductive health risks than women in Singapore, Australia and much of Europe, while women in Africa and Afghanistan have the highest risk of reproductive health problems....

3/7/2001 - Torture of Women a Worldwide Phenomenon
Amnesty International released two new reports this week showing that women worldwide are tortured and abused both by relatives and by government officials, including police....

3/7/2001 - 177 Women Freed from Sexual Slavery in Bosnia
In the U.N.s largest series of raids in Bosnian brothels, 177 women were freed from prostitution and 38 brothels were closed in an operation carried out on March 2....

3/5/2001 - State Dept. Senior Coordinator of Womens Issues Could be Abolished
Under a directive from President George W....

3/5/2001 - Taliban Destroys 2000 Year Old Artifacts
In their latest attack on culture and human-rights, the Taliban has vowed to destroy ancient Buddhist artifacts, including two giant Buddhist statues in central Afghanistan that are two-thousand years old....

2/27/2001 - Women Skiers Gearing Up for 2002 Winter Olympics
The worlds top women skiers competed in the world championship games in St....

2/26/2001 - Taliban Publicly Executes 2 Afghan Women
Hundreds of people gathered at a sports stadium in Afghanistan to witness the public hanging of two Afghan women convicted of prostitution by the Taliban....

2/23/2001 - UN Court Issues 1st Ruling on Rape as War Crime
In the first war crimes case focused solely on rape and sexual slavery, the U.N....

2/22/2001 - Report Proves Nike Sweatshop Workers Suffer Abuses
A report issued by the non-profit group Global Alliance shows that workers in the Nike plants in Indonesia and other parts of Asia suffer daily physical, sexual and verbal abuse by the plant managers....

2/21/2001 - Human Rights Watch Calls For UN Investigation Of Taliban Massacre
In a detailed report Human Rights Watch called upon the United Nation Commissioner for Human Rights to launch an immediate, full-scale investigation into the Taliban's summary execution of hundreds of civilians in central Afghanistan in January....