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What Are the Roots of Gender Inequality? Women’s Rights, Race and Reproduction

June 2, 2012

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Released: 6/1/2012 Newswise — Throughout history, women have faced intense discrimination—from a lack of legal rights and very little independence from their husbands, to being thought to have inferior brains. In many societies, women have long been viewed as less than fully human. American society has come a long way in recognizing and protecting women’s […]

“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 […]

Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights: A Global Call To Action

May 28, 2012

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by Jessica PiekloMay 28, 2012 Today is International Day of Action For Women’s Health and a renewed push to ensure that every woman and girl has her right to bodily autonomy recognized worldwide. To mark the day the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights is launching its Call for Action 2012: “Full Recognition of Young […]

Gag Me: Stop a Global Reproductive Health Disaster

May 23, 2012

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by Mindy TownsendMay 22, 2012 The opposition to abortion rights have become even more powerful in recent years. In 2011 alone, 69 anti-choice measures were passed in 26 states. While this is very bad news for women across the country, acceptance of this type of extreme morality policing has another victim: developing countries. Enter the […]

Women’s rights in Mali ‘set back 50 years’ by new ‘Family Code’ law

May 1, 2012

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Opposition to legislation dashes equality hopes in West African country’s strongly patriarchal society Soumaila T Diarra Guardian Weekly, Tuesday 1 May 2012 Village voice … Binta Samake: ‘We are different from men; we don’t have the power of decision’. Photograph: Andrew Esiebo/Panos Farima Samake, a widow living in the village of Gwelekoro in the south […]

To Foster Food Security Support Women’s Land Rights

April 30, 2012

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by Jessica PiekloApril 30, 2012 Millions of people across the world suffer from food insecurity, but a growing body of evidence is uncovering one way to address this problem: land rights. Take India, for example. A preliminary study of a land purchase program in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, which provided beneficiaries with plots […]

The Word on Women – Forced sterilization and the Millennium Development Goals

April 27, 2012

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By Widney Brown | Yesterday at 4:53 PM | Comments ( 1 ) Two reports by the BCC this month raise the spectre that the United Nations Millennium Development Goals which include reducing maternal mortality and ensuring environmental sustainability may actually be undermining women’s sexual and reproductive rights. The BBC has reported on the UK […]