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October 11th Marks International Day of the Girl

Today we celebrate International Day of the Girl, a 100% youth led movement fighting for social justice for the 1.1 billion girls around the world.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: LGBTQ Relationships

When picturing domestic violence, the common image features abuse between heterosexual partners, at the hands of a male perpetrator. Left out of common discourse is a comprehensive understanding of domestic violence between same-sex partners.

7th Grade Girl Invents Advanced Medical Band-Aid

13 year old Anushka Naikaware from Beaverton, Oregon recently placed in 8th in the international Google Science Fair, a program that challenges teenagers to create scientific and technological inventions.

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day

October 10th is a day of remembrance referred to by two different names that are fundamentally paradoxical in nature- the widely recognized national holiday that is Columbus Day and the growing movement to reclaim it as Indigenous Peoples Day.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Nuisance Ordinances

Local laws known as nuisance ordinances have been popping up in hundreds of towns and cities across the country, marketed as a way to deter criminal activity by fining landlords whose properties are frequented by the police. In reality, they punish victims of domestic violence by forcing them to choose between their personal safety and...

President Signs Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights

Today, President Obama signed into law the Sexual Assault Survivors Rights Act, establishing a set of guidelines for the federal government handles forensic evidence gathered after a person reports a sexual assault, otherwise known as a rape kit.

Canadian Police Head Apologizes to Female Officers for Years of Harassment

Yesterday the head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Bob Paulsen, issued a public apology to hundreds of women who had faced sexual harassment and discrimination while on the force.

Oklahoma Supreme Court Blocks Newest Anti-Abortion Law

Tuesday marked a victory for reproductive rights in the state of Oklahoma, as the Oklahoma Supreme Court unanimously voted to permanently block an anti-abortion law with numerous provisions, finding it in violation of the state constitution's “single-subject rule” that restricts every bill before the legislature to one subject.

Pakistan Tightens Law on “Honor” Killings

Today Pakistani lawmakers passed a law that will mandate a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison for those convicted of honor killings.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Guns in Abusive Homes

The chance of a woman in an abusive household being killed by her partner quintuples when a gun is in the home.

Polish Protests Stop Proposal to Ban All Abortions, But Activists Look Ahead

Poland’s conservative leadership indicated that it would no longer support a total abortion ban after thousands of women took to the streets Monday, boycotting school and work to protest the proposed law.

Planned Parenthood Protected from Medicaid Restrictions in Arkansas

Reproductive health care was protected last week in Arkansas when a U.S. District Court Judge issued a preliminary injunction, temporarily prohibiting blocks on Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood.

Iranian Women’s Rights Activist Sentenced

Iranian women’s rights activist Narges Mohammadi’s controversial 16 year prison sentence handed down last May was upheld this past week on appeal.

Planned Parenthood to Proceed with Federal Lawsuit Against Center for Medical Progress

Last week, in a victory for reproductive rights advocates, a federal judge in California refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood against the so-called Center for Medical Progress (CMP), the anti-abortion group responsible for the discredited videos released last year that falsely accused the women’s healthcare organization of illegally selling fetal tissue.

Guaranteed Legal Aid May Become a Reality for Low-Income Tenants in New York

Last week the New York City Council held a hearing concerning a bill that would guarantee low-income tenants a lawyer, provided by the Office of Civil Justice, when facing eviction charges.

Polish Women Protest Government’s Consideration to Criminalize All Abortion

Women in Poland took to the streets dressed in all black today to protest the government’s consideration to criminalize abortion in all cases, including when the life of the woman is at risk.

California Terminates Statute of Limitations in Wake of Cosby Allegations

Last week California Gov. Jerry Brown approved the Justice for Victims Act, which will eliminate the state’s statute of limitations for prosecuting rape and other felony sex crimes.

LGBTQ Celebratory Festival Cancelled in Haiti

An Afro-Caribbean LGBTQ festival scheduled to occur in Haiti was cancelled this past Tuesday in response to eminent terror threats involving arson and death, as well as a ban by a governmental official.

California Enacts New Protections for Child Sex Trafficking Victims

More than half a dozen bills protecting child victims of sex trafficking were signed into law on Monday by California Governor Jerry Brown, including one that ensures minors cannot be criminally charged with prostitution.

Remembering Life Before Roe

This week as we raise awareness about the Hyde Amendment and the millions of women who face monumental barriers to abortion access because of how they get their health insurance, it’s important to remember why the United States moved to legalize abortion in the first place.