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U.S. Women Still Face Discrimination

In a poll of three-thousand women, eighty-four percent stated that they still face more restrictions than men. Seventy-seven percent of the women stated that they still face sexual discrimination. The women went on to say that the discrimination was less open, but nonetheless a serious problem. Seventy-six percent also claimed that sexual harassment existed in […]

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Women and Minorities Shut-Out from Public Contracts

A Los Angeles Times review of California found that women and minorities receive a very small percentage of public contracts. Even though women represent one-half of state citizens, they received a mere six percent of three-billion in contracts in 1993-94. And, minorities, who make up one-third of the state’s population, received only nine percent in […]

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Powell Supports Abortion Rights and Affirmative Action

In an interview with Barbara Walters, which airs Friday September 15, Colin Powell said he supports a woman’s right to choose and affirmative action. Starting off a book tour, and quite possibly a presidential bid, Powell labeled himself pro-choice, s tating that if a woman decides to have an abortion, “it’s a matter between her, […]

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Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Restrictive Abortion Law

A federal appeals court struck down a Louisiana law on Monday which prevented Medicaid payments for abortions in case of rape or incest. The court found that the physical and emotional toll of rape and incest can make the abortion medically necessary. T he state had argued that its interest in promoting childbirth allowed it […]

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US Delegates Discuss Violence, Families, Race

At the regularly scheduled U.S. Delegation Press briefing, U.S. Violence against Women Office Director Bonnie Campbell discussed what the U.S. is currently doing in the area of violence against women and how programs already in place will coincide with U.S. commitments to the UN Fourth World Conference On Women Platform for Action. During the question […]

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Gender Statistics as Feminist Strategy

As an INSTRAW-sponsored panel on gender statistics, feminist leaders from Italy and New Zealand urged collaboration between statistics produces and users as a strategy to improve the status of women. By improving research methodology and shaping areas of data collection, feminists can influence policy priorities and resource allocation related to women, according to Daniela Colombo […]

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Human Life International Vows to Barnstorm US Elections in ’96

Saying that the “Platform for Action at the Fourth World Conference on Women is laced with provisions that would take control of the mental, moral, emotional and physical well-being of children away from the family — the basic unit of society — and transfer it to national and multinational bureaucracies,” spokeswomen of several “Family Life” […]

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Beijing Women’s Conference Makes Significant Headway

A committee of the U.N. Fourth World Women’s Conference passed an agreement Sunday night which acknowledges women’s right to control their sexuality and sexual relations. The committee’s wording added that women should enjoy this right, “free of coercion, discrimination and violence.” The passage of the resolution represents a victory for women activists and the most […]

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Anti-abortion “Terrorist” Sentenced to Twenty Years

A Federal judge sentenced Shelley Shannon to twenty years in prison Friday. Shannon had earlier pled guilty to charges of attacking six abortion clinics. She begins serving the term after she finishes a previous ten year term which she received for shooting and wounding a doctor outside a Wichita abortion clinic in 1993. Judge Redden […]

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Commitment to Implementing Platform for Action

As of September 11, 1995, 109 governments have addressed the official meeting at the Fourth World Conference about the commitments they will take home with them. Of these, 47 have made specific commitments to implement the conference recommendations. Australia will introduce a new health program for indigenous women. Cambodia will ensure gender parity in peace […]

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WOMEN’S RIGHTS ADVOCATES ADVANCE PLATFORM FOR ACTION

Women’s advocates claimed victory today as two measures that had faced stiff opposition from anti-abortion and conservative delegations were approved. The Working Group I, which deals with health issues and other matters, approved paragraph 107 (k) which addresses women’s freedom from sexual violence and coercion; and urges nations to review laws which punish women who […]

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Notes on Progress of Platform for Action

Unwaged work continues to be a contentious issue at the Fourth World Conference On Women. The European Union is seeking a return to language from the Social Summit held by the UN in Copenhagen this past summer. Language at that conference did not contain provisions urging countries to count women’s unwaged work in their national […]

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NGO’S Participate in Unprecedented Numbers at FWCW

At a press conference at the official government meeting at the Fourth World Conference On Women (FWCW), the UN Conference Secretariat for the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s), Kristen Timothy announced that 3000 NGO’s represented by over 4000 individuals, were participating in the FWCW. Timothy said NGO participation in the FWCW has included involvement in prior world […]

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Huariou Forum Ends With Ceremony and Final Press Conference

The final day in Huairou was, again, wet and muddy, as NGO participants conducted their last day of work and workshops. The number of participants ended at over 31,000 compared to the 1985 Third World Conference On Women in Nairobi where only 300 NGO’s were represented by 10,000 participants. The program led with young feminists […]

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NGOs Criticize Media for Poor Forum Coverage

On the final day of the NGO Forum in Huairou, Western women’s NGOs held a press conference to confront Western media about their poor coverage of Forum activities. Representatives from NGOs in Spain, Norway, and the United States decried the media’s almost exclusive focus on the logistical difficulties of the conference and on criticism of […]

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Counting Women’s Work as Political Leverage

The International Wages for Housework Campaign at an NGO Forum panel called upon delegates at the Fourth World Conference on Women to accept Platform language urging governments to measure and value women’s unwaged work. The provision suggests that governments include unwaged work in their national accounting, but does not go so far as to require […]

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Women From Around Globe Shared Strategies, Says NGO Forum Director Irene Santiago

At the final press conference for the NGO Forum, Irene Santiago, Executive Director, said the Forum had been an extraordinary gathering where women “shared their strategies, research, their knowledge of technology, information and connected the local to the global.” Over 30,000 women registered and participated in the Forum where 4,500 workshops, panels and plenaries were […]