For Immediate Release

July 22, 2010

FMF Interns Host Hill Briefing

On Wednesday July 21, the Feminist Majority Foundation DC summer interns hosted an intern hill briefing and congressional visit day entitled “Empowering Women, Ending Violence, Ensuring Reproductive Rights: Connecting Reproductive Health and the Global Fight for Gender Equality”. The briefing began with a welcome address by FMF intern Dena Robinson, followed by an introduction by FMF President Eleanor Smeal. A panel discussion on domestic and international women’s rights was then led by FMF intern Rebecca Klein, with Kate Vlatch, a policy associate at NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation; Anushay Hossain, director of global programs at FMF; Daphne Jayasignhe, director of women’s human rights advocacy at Amnesty International; and June Zeitlin, director of the CEDAW Education Project. Congresswomen Caroline Maloney (D-NY), Donna Edwards (D-MD), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) spoke at event about the need for more young women to enter politics and commit their lives to the fight for women’s rights. FMF intern Laurel Keyes commented on the event, saying, “I though it was a great success because young feminists from all different fields came together, learned something new, and were motivated to continue fighting for women’s rights on all fronts.”


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