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Afghan Women are Paving the Way for Future Athletes

August 19, 2016 - 8:09pm
This week, Afghanistan’s Kimia Yusufi competed against the best of the best in the 100-meter track heat at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She was one of three athletes, and the only woman, representing Afghanistan in Rio. Related posts:
  1. Obama’s New Plan for Troops Means Continued Hope for Afghan Women
  2. Obama Announces Continued Troop Presence in Afghanistan
  3. Olympic Refugee Team Shines Spotlight on Global Crisis
Categories: Newswire

Sex Testing for Female Athletes Might Become a Thing of the Past

August 19, 2016 - 3:52pm
For the first time in over 50 years, women competing in the Olympics have not been subject to sex-testing, a shocking practice that has for years allowed sports governing organizations to police the gender and sex of women athletes, sometimes with devastating consequences. Related posts:
  1. Olympic Refugee Team Shines Spotlight on Global Crisis
  2. Ibtihaj Muhammad Is the First American to Compete in the Olympics Wearing a Hijab
  3. Feminist Leaders Marched the Olympic Torch through Brazil
Categories: Newswire

Chicago Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

August 18, 2016 - 6:24pm
Chicago has passed an ordinance requiring that all employers whose business is located within the city limits or who has licensing agreements with the city provide their employees with paid sick leave. No related posts.
Categories: Newswire

Baltimore Police Completely Neglected Rape Victims According to Department of Justice Report

August 18, 2016 - 5:58pm
The scathing report on the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) issued by the Department of Justice last week highlights victims of police misconduct not typically discussed: sexual assault survivors. Related posts:
  1. Department of Justice Report Finds Baltimore Police Department Saturated with Civil Rights Violations
  2. Justice Sotomayor Writes Scathing Dissent in Support of Fourth Amendment
  3. Protests Erupt Following Police Killings of Young Black Men
Categories: Newswire

President Reallocates Funding in Wake of Zika Crisis

August 17, 2016 - 4:42pm
In the wake of Congress’ refusal to pass a Zika funding bill before their five-week August recess, President Obama announced last week the administration’s intent to reallocate $81 million from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help combat the Zika virus. Related posts:
  1. House Investigation of Abortion Providers Set to Exceed $1 Million
  2. Ohio and Planned Parenthood Settle Federal Lawsuit
  3. Federal Judge Blocks Restrictive Florida Abortion Bill
Categories: Newswire

New Boko Haram Video Reignites International Concern over Reproductive Health of Rape Victims

August 16, 2016 - 6:08pm
On Sunday, Boko Haram released a video reporting the alleged status of hundreds of girls held hostage by the militant group, including the over 250 schoolgirls that were abducted in 2014. Related posts:
  1. US Policy on Abortion for Women and Girls Raped in Conflict at Odds with International Law
  2. UN Demands That Ireland Amend Anti-Abortion Legislation
  3. West Texas Abortion Providers Are Overwhelmed By Demand Due to Anti-Abortion Laws Shuttering Clinics
Categories: Newswire

Department of Justice Sues Mississippi for Failing to Provide Adequate Mental Health Care

August 15, 2016 - 8:09pm
The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the state of Mississippi for failing to provide adults with mental illness appropriate access to healthcare, a violation of their civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA). Related posts:
  1. SCOTUS Saves Sole Abortion Clinic in Mississippi
  2. Mississippi Judge Strikes Down Anti-LGBT Law
Categories: Newswire

India’s Only Newspaper Run Entirely by Women Goes Digital

August 15, 2016 - 4:26pm
India’s only newspaper produced exclusively by women, Khabar Lahariya (New Waves), continues to break down barriers by going digital, posting video reports and instant updates on WhatsApp and Facebook. Related posts:
  1. Retaliation Gang Rape in India amid Widespread Sexual Violence
Categories: Newswire

US Policy on Abortion for Women and Girls Raped in Conflict at Odds with International Law

August 12, 2016 - 4:19pm
On the 67th anniversary of the adoption of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, a series of treaties concerning the rights and protections of noncombatants, prisoners, and those injured during armed conflict, the United States continues to overlook one of its most important protections: the right of the “wounded and sick” to non-discriminatory medical care . Related posts:
  1. New Boko Haram Video Reignites International Concern over Reproductive Health of Rape Victims
  2. UN Demands That Ireland Amend Anti-Abortion Legislation
  3. South Carolina “Personhood Amendment” Fails to Make it on the Ballot
Categories: Newswire

Judge Rules Planned Parenthood Shooter is Still Not Competent to Stand Trial

August 11, 2016 - 9:46pm
A Colorado judge today ruled that Robert Dear, the man who has admitted to carrying out the 2015 shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, remains mentally incompetent to stand trial. Related posts:
  1. Over 180 Members of the House to Speaker Ryan: End the House Select Investigative Panel’s Politically-Motivated “Witch Hunt”
  2. House Investigation of Abortion Providers Set to Exceed $1 Million
  3. Ohio and Planned Parenthood Settle Federal Lawsuit
Categories: Newswire

Retaliation Gang Rape in India amid Widespread Sexual Violence

July 22, 2016 - 3:23pm
A 21-year-old student in India is recovering after she was abducted, drugged and raped by five men, two of whom are currently out on bail awaiting trial for gang raping the same woman in 2013. No related posts.
Categories: Newswire

Judge Creates Temporary Exception to Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law

July 22, 2016 - 3:05pm
A federal judge in Wisconsin issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday that allows voters lacking a state approved photo ID to vote via affidavit in the upcoming November elections. Related posts:
  1. Texas Voter ID Law Ruled Racially Discriminatory by Court of Appeals
Categories: Newswire

Texas Voter ID Law Ruled Racially Discriminatory by Court of Appeals

July 21, 2016 - 4:35pm
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled that Texas’ law requiring individuals to show a limited selection of government issued photo identification when they go to vote is racially discriminatory. Wednesday’s ruling marks a momentous victory in an already three-year-long court battle to challenge the strictest voter ID law in the country. The court determined that the law disproportionately hinders the ability of African Americans and Latinos to participate in the political process and sent the case back down to the district court to determine how the law should be temporarily remedied prior to the November 2016 election.  This same district court had previously ruled that the law not only discriminated against racial minorities, but that it was intentionally designed to do so. The Fifth Circuit did not decide whether the Texas law was purposely discriminatory. Instead they have directed the district court to rehear that specific claim after the November election. The IDs the Texas Legislature had approved for voting included military IDs and concealed handgun carry permits, but forbade employee photo IDs and university photo IDs. The plaintiffs’ lawyers argued that the law privileged forms of identification that were more likely to be held […] Related posts:
  1. Judge Creates Temporary Exception to Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law
Categories: Newswire

2016 International AIDS Conference Focuses on Access to Treatment

July 20, 2016 - 2:46pm
South Africa is hosting the 2016 International AIDS Conference this week, bringing together policy makers, healthcare professionals and persons living with HIV to evaluate the current state of the pandemic and plot a course for moving forward. No related posts.
Categories: Newswire

Pakistani Feminist Killed by Brother

July 18, 2016 - 9:42pm
A Pakistani celebrity, Qandeel Baloch, was violently strangled to death by her brother last week, in what he referred to as an “honor killing.” No related posts.
Categories: Newswire

Patsy Mink Gender Equity in Education Act Introduced in House and Senate

July 18, 2016 - 7:49pm
Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) has introduced the Patsy T. Mink Gender Equity in Education Act (GEEA) in the Senate; a companion bill by the same name was introduced in the House by Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY). Related posts:
  1. Pat Summit, Trailblazer of Women’s Sports, Dies at 64
  2. States Sue over Department of Education’s Transgender Equality Initiative
Categories: Newswire

States Sue over Department of Education’s Transgender Equality Initiative

July 15, 2016 - 9:11pm
Ten more states sued the Obama Administration last week over a federal directive requiring schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity, joining the eleven states that had already filed suit in May. Related posts:
  1. Pat Summit, Trailblazer of Women’s Sports, Dies at 64
  2. Patsy Mink Gender Equity in Education Act Introduced in House and Senate
Categories: Newswire

House Majority Passes Yet Another Anti-Abortion Bill

July 15, 2016 - 6:28pm
The House on Wednesday voted 245-182 to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2016, a bill which would restrict access to abortion by allowing healthcare workers and health insurance providers to refuse to cover abortion services. Related posts:
  1. Oakland, California Considering Ordinance to Penalize CPCs for False Advertising
  2. House Investigation of Abortion Providers Set to Exceed $1 Million
  3. “Abortion Drone” Will Fly from Ireland to Northern Ireland
Categories: Newswire

Anti-Abortion Extremists Coming to Wichita Exposed

July 14, 2016 - 7:39pm
Anti-abortion extremists are coming to Wichita on Saturday for a week-long campaign hosted by Operation Save America. No related posts.
Categories: Newswire

House Holds Hearing on Anti-LGBTQ Bill despite Widespread Criticism

July 13, 2016 - 9:33pm
Exactly one month after the massacre at Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida, where a gunman claimed the lives of 49 people and wounded 53 others, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on a piece of anti-LGBTQ legislation known as the First Amendment Defense Act. Related posts:
  1. House to Hold Hearing on Anti-LGBTQ Bill One Month After Orlando Shooting
  2. House Investigation of Abortion Providers Set to Exceed $1 Million
Categories: Newswire