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Dispatches From The War On Women: Contraception Could Be Illegal Again

June 6, 2012

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by Jessica PiekloJune 5, 2012 Welcome to Dispatches, your round-up of the latest news from the frontlines of the War on Women. Have a story from your state or an idea on how to push back? Share them here and fight back against the War on Women. When thinking of possible legal challenges to abortion […]

Germany looks to Norwegian gender quota success

June 6, 2012

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Posted on 6 June 2012 [Brussels, 06 June 2012] The German newspaper, The Spiegel, on 29 May published an interesting analysis of the Norwegian experience of quotas for company boards, and its relevance to Germany, where similar measures are being considered. Journalist Anna Reimann traces the initial reactions to the law, its demonstrated impact and […]

“Hysteria” Shows The War on Women Is Nothing New

May 28, 2012

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by Julie M. RodriguezMay 27, 2012 Tanya Wexler’s new romantic comedy “Hysteria” is deeper than it appears on the surface. The film uses the real and little-known history of the vibrator and hysteria in Victorian England as a backdrop for the fictional story of an ambitious young doctor, Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) and Charlotte Dalrymple […]

“Pro-Choice” Americans at a record low

May 27, 2012

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By Jill on 5.25.2012 According to a recent Gallup poll, the percentage of Americans who identify as “pro-choice” is at an all-time low of 41%. By contrast, 50% of Americans ID as pro-life. Of course, the pro-life/pro-choice monikers don’t really say much about one’s actual views on the legality or morality of abortion. Lots of […]

Rep. Gwen Moore on Her Own Sexual Assault, Violence Against Women Act

March 30, 2012

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by Patricia Murphy Mar 29, 2012 12:13 AM EDT Rep. Gwen Moore took to the House floor Wednesday to share her personal experience of sexual assault. She tells Patricia Murphy why the Violence Against Women Act must be passed—and how this Congress has a preoccupation with ‘putting women in their place.’ Rep. Gwen Moore is […]

The fight for women’s bodies and the race to the White House

March 20, 2012

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Posted on 19 March 2012.Auveen WoodWVoN co-editor Although taxation was predicted as the issue that would dominate the 2012 US presidential election, abortion, birth control and gay marriage have so far been at the forefront of the Republican primaries. This year a record number of states, including Oklahoma, Virginia and Pennsylvania have enacted legislation restricting […]

Gender Equity Index 2012: The gap has not reached an “acceptable” level in any country

March 10, 2012

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Published on Thu, 2012-03-08 ■ Mongolia narrowed the gap putting legislation into force■ Brazil reached a low score in political empowerment, although the president is a woman■ Social Watch Italy: “The economic crisis could represent an opportunity to change” The achievements made by women all over the world towards equity in education are still very […]

Arab Spring Fails to Allay Women’s Anxieties

March 10, 2012

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By RANA F. SWEISPublished: March 7, 2012 Rana F. Sweis for The International Herald TribuneA participant at a meeting in Sousse, Tunisia, last month on changes in the Arab world. After recent elections, women remain underrepresented in the region’s parliaments. AMMAN — Like many Tunisians, Maroua Ben Salah, 23, never imagined that her life and […]

Women and the Leadership Gap

March 5, 2012

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Mar 5, 2012 It’s been almost a half-century since the modern women’s movement began. So why aren’t more women in positions of power? Leslie Bennetts reports. When a Congressional committee hearing presented an all-male panel of witnesses to discuss female contraception last month, Rep Carolyn Maloney made news by demanding, “Where are the women?” Her […]

Donor policies fail to bring real and sustained change for women

March 5, 2012

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For all their talk of empowerment, initiatives by development agencies and donors fail to tackle power imbalances, and do not allow women to realise their own hopes and dreams Posted by Andrea Cornwall Monday 5 March 2012 Women vote in Iran’s parliamentary elections at a mosque in southern Tehran. Photograph: Raheb Homavandi/Reuters The empowerment of […]

Revealed: The best and worst places to be a woman

March 4, 2012

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An Independent on Sunday investigation to mark International Women’s Day unearths some surprising results… Sarah Morrison Sunday 04 March 2012 When more than half of the world’s population wakes up on Thursday – the 101st International Women’s Day – it will be hard to know whether to celebrate or give in to despair. A British […]

Abortion rights: what’s wrong with these pictures?

February 17, 2012

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Tell us whether you feel these panels making choices on women’s reproductive rights are missing a crucial something Jessica Reedguardian.co.uk, Friday 17 February 2012 I want you to look at the following photographs and think about what they represent for a minute or two. Take your time – can you think of anything missing from […]

Komen vs. Planned Parenthood—What’s Going On? -/- The Susan G. Komen Foundation debacle and the US establishment

February 4, 2012

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By Ellen SweetFebruary 3, 2012 Immediate outrage in the social media greeted the Komen foundation after it defunded breast cancer screening by Planned Parenthood. Ellen Sweet explores what’s behind its puzzling turn-about. Dr. Susan Love calls for rejecting political divisiveness and working to prevent breast cancer. Photo: Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation Why would an […]

Komen vs. Planned Parenthood—What’s Going On? -/- The Susan G. Komen Foundation debacle and the US establishment

February 4, 2012

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By Ellen SweetFebruary 3, 2012 Immediate outrage in the social media greeted the Komen foundation after it defunded breast cancer screening by Planned Parenthood. Ellen Sweet explores what’s behind its puzzling turn-about. Dr. Susan Love calls for rejecting political divisiveness and working to prevent breast cancer. Photo: Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation Why would an […]

Reproductive rights and the Republican primary

January 31, 2012

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The extreme wing of the Republican Party wants to pass a law that would deprive women of their personhood. Rose Aguilar27 Jan 2012 According to Medical Students for Choice, even though abortion is legal in the US, 87 per cent of all counties and 98 per cent of all rural counties have no abortion providers […]

Reproductive rights and the Republican primary

January 31, 2012

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The extreme wing of the Republican Party wants to pass a law that would deprive women of their personhood. Rose Aguilar27 Jan 2012 According to Medical Students for Choice, even though abortion is legal in the US, 87 per cent of all counties and 98 per cent of all rural counties have no abortion providers […]

Gender equality in Tanzania: Beyond political struggles

August 21, 2011

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By The guardian reporter 20th August 2011 Tanzanian woman entrepreneur: Government and civil society organisations should refocus their strategies and gender equality and put more weight on women`s economic survival instead of political emancipation In this article, our special correspondent dwells on the plight of poor Tanzanian women. He asserts that it is also unfortunate […]

Gender equality in Tanzania: Beyond political struggles

August 21, 2011

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By The guardian reporter 20th August 2011 Tanzanian woman entrepreneur: Government and civil society organisations should refocus their strategies and gender equality and put more weight on women`s economic survival instead of political emancipation In this article, our special correspondent dwells on the plight of poor Tanzanian women. He asserts that it is also unfortunate […]

Women’s march to power is painfully slow

August 21, 2011

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By MARIA NZOMOPosted Saturday, August 20 2011 at 18:05 To understand the passion, the anger and the frustration being expressed by Kenyan women and other gender-friendly groups with the implementation the new Constitution, one would need to have a full appreciation of their many years of struggle to achieve them; only to become “contentious issues”. […]

Women’s march to power is painfully slow

August 21, 2011

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By MARIA NZOMOPosted Saturday, August 20 2011 at 18:05 To understand the passion, the anger and the frustration being expressed by Kenyan women and other gender-friendly groups with the implementation the new Constitution, one would need to have a full appreciation of their many years of struggle to achieve them; only to become “contentious issues”. […]

Geena Davis Is My Feminist Hero

August 21, 2011

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August 20, 2011posted by Carolyn Geena Davis is a pretty awesome person. She’s been the first female American president (if only on Commander in Chief) (especially if you don’t count BSG which you shouldn’t because that’s in the future), almost went to the Olympics for archery, and for the past six years has been studying […]

Geena Davis Is My Feminist Hero

August 21, 2011

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August 20, 2011posted by Carolyn Geena Davis is a pretty awesome person. She’s been the first female American president (if only on Commander in Chief) (especially if you don’t count BSG which you shouldn’t because that’s in the future), almost went to the Olympics for archery, and for the past six years has been studying […]

AFRICA: Political leadership key to male circumcision success

July 20, 2011

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Photo: Charles Akena/IRINPolitical leadership needed  ROME, 18 July 2011 (PlusNews) – Countries that have been quick to incorporate medical male circumcision into their HIV prevention programmes are already seeing good results compared with those that have been slower to embrace the procedure, say experts. Following three African trials that proved the efficacy of male circumcision […]

AFRICA: Political leadership key to male circumcision success

July 20, 2011

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Photo: Charles Akena/IRINPolitical leadership needed  ROME, 18 July 2011 (PlusNews) – Countries that have been quick to incorporate medical male circumcision into their HIV prevention programmes are already seeing good results compared with those that have been slower to embrace the procedure, say experts. Following three African trials that proved the efficacy of male circumcision […]