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9/12/1995 - 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....

9/12/1995 - 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....

9/11/1995 - Beijing Women's Conference Makes Significant Headway
A committee of the U.N....

9/11/1995 - Anti-abortion "Terrorist" Sentenced to Twenty Years
A Federal judge sentenced Shelley Shannon to twenty years in prison Friday....

9/11/1995 - 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....

9/11/1995 - 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....

9/10/1995 - Notes on Progress of Platform for Action: Unwaged Work Issue is Contentious
Unwaged work continues to be a contentious issue at the Fourth World Conference On Women....

9/10/1995 - Notes on Progress of Platform for Action
Unwaged work continues to be a contentious issue at the Fourth World Conference On Women....

9/10/1995 - 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....

9/9/1995 - 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....

9/8/1995 - 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....

9/8/1995 - 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....

9/8/1995 - 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 conducted....

9/7/1995 - Feminist Majority Joins Call For Strong Women In Political Decision-Making Platform Language
A second provision urges the review of the "differential impact of electoral systems on the political representation of women in elected bodies" and asks governments to consider the adjustment or reform of systems to enhance women's representation....

9/7/1995 - Feminists Strategize to Achieve Gender Balance in Politics
Beatrice Bakojja, Member of Parliament from Uganda, expressed that Uganda has very few women in politics at all levels of government....

9/7/1995 - Packwood Expulsion Vote -- They Finally Get It!
Commentary by Eleanor Smeal The Senate Ethic Committee's stunning recommendation to expel Senator Packwood sends a strong message to the Senate and the Nation that women have at last been heard....

9/6/1995 - Nancy Mellette Joins Fight to Allow Women into the Citadel
At a press conference yesterday, Nancy Mellete, a second lieutenant in the Oak Ridge Military Academy corps of cadets, announced that she planned to join the legal proceedings seeking to allow women into the Citadel....

9/6/1995 - World Bank Utilizes Crucial Resource
Commentary by Eleanor Smeal When he addresses the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing next week, World Bank President James D....

9/6/1995 - First Global Congress of Women in Politics Agrees on Overall Strategy
Following a series of regional strategy meetings held over the course of the past week, the First Global Congress of Women in Politics has agreed on an overall strategy that calls on governments assembled here in Beijing to commit to gender balance in political decision-making at all levels and in all the world's countries. While individual regional reports identified some obstacles to women's political advancement that were culture specific, women meeting here to organize a global political network nonetheless discovered that they had many key problems in common: money, access to party nominating structures, and significant party support when they did manage to become candidates. Ironically, the various reports revealed that despite long traditions of democracy and democratic institutions, a majority of countries in North America and Western Europe lag behind many other countries across the world in the percentages of women holding political office at both the local and national levels. Led by NGO leaders from the United States, Sweden, Ireland and the United Kingdom, the North American/Western European Congress agreed on a 5-point strategy for the immediate future: To press for affirmative action policies and strategies within each country that would put more women in the political pipeline; To work for campaign finance reform that would both change how political campaigns are funded and that would put a ceiling on the amount of money that could be spent on campaigns; To conduct nationwide political education programs in each country for young women and girls that stress that importance of political participation -- as both voters and as potential office holders -- by making the links between politics and situations that affect our everyday lives; To create a mentorship program in each country in which seasoned women office holders would mentor women who are holding their first political offices in order to help them avoid pitfalls; To teach women interested in running for political office how to effectively use the media to get their messages out . As the First Global Congress was concluding, plans were being made for follow-up activities to expand and advance the emerging network....

9/6/1995 - From Cairo to Beijing Workshop
Approximately 40 people braved the rain to attend today's Feminist Majority workshop, From Cairo to Beijing....

9/5/1995 - Lesbians March In Huairou
Huairou, China, Sept....

9/5/1995 - World Bank Utilizes Crucial Resource
Commentary by Eleanor Smeal When he addresses the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing next week, World Bank President James D....

9/5/1995 - Teachers' Unions On the Defensive
The conservative political climate now endangers teachers' unions, which face attack from both federal and state governments....

9/5/1995 - Legal Cutbacks for the Poor
The Republican Congress has significantly decreased the amount of funding for Legal Aid Programs designed to help the poor....

9/1/1995 - New England Journal of Medicine Steps Up Security
After receiving an angry fax from Operation Rescue activist Terry Randall, the New England Journal of Medicine has tightened security at its Boston-based offices....