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10/3/2014 - UN Speaks Out Against Islamic State Attacks on Women
The United Nations last week condemned the brutal killings of women by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also know as ISIS. In a recent attack, Sameera Salih Ali Al-Nuaimya, a well-known lawyer and women's rights activist, was publicly executed by a masked firing squad in Mosul....

8/20/2014 - United Nations and US Attorney General Defend Rights of Demonstrators in Ferguson
The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials during ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri caught the attention of the world this week, with UN officials and US Attorney General Eric Holder speaking out in defense of demonstrators there....

7/2/2014 - Iraqi Women Face Reproductive Health Care Shortage During Crisis
The United Nations warned this week that due to the escalating crisis in the northern and western parts of the country, about 250,000 Iraqi women and girls - including almost 60,000 pregnant women - need urgent health care as soon as possible. Recent violence in Iraq has displaced approximately one million people, overwhelming health facilities in parts of the country....

2/11/2014 - UN Human Rights Chief Calls for Gender Integration in Post-2015 Goals
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, called for gender equality to be comprehensively included in the UN's post-2015 goals yesterday at the opening of the 57th Session of Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). "We believe there should be a stand-alone goal or goals on equality and non-discrimination that addresses all kinds of discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of sex," said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. In 2000, the UN announced its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -- to reduce hunger and poverty, combat maternal and infant mortality, and provide access to universal education and health, among other goals -- all to be accomplished by the end of 2015....

1/7/2013 - Record Number of Women Sworn into Congress
Last week, a record number of new congresswomen were officially sworn into their positions to begin the 113th Congressional session....

11/28/2012 - Four Servicewomen File Lawsuit Challenging Ban on Women in Combat
Four female service members, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a federal law suit in San Francisco Tuesday afternoon to end the Pentagon's ban on women serving in direct combat jobs....

9/11/2012 - Illinois Representative tells Sandra Fluke to "Get a Job"
Representative Joe Walsh (R-IL) told contraception advocate and Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke to "go get a job" at a campaign event on Saturday. Congressman Walsh addressed a crowd of supporters in Addison, Illinois, on Saturday about Sandra Fluke's speech at the Democratic National Convention....

5/24/2012 - Female Soldiers Sue to Challenge Combat Ban
Two female soldiers filed a lawsuit yesterday charging that the military's ban on women in combat is unconstitutional and violates their equal protection rights under the Fifth Amendment....

5/21/2012 - Open Letter to Obama, Karzai Urges Women's Inclusion in Afghanistan Talks
Amnesty International issued an open letter to President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai at their "Shadow Summit" Saturday urging both leaders to safeguard women's rights....

4/26/2012 - Marine Corps Now Allowing Women to Train for Combat
The male-dominated Marine Corps announced on Monday that it will allow women to train in Quantico, Virginia at its infantry officer school....

3/21/2012 - Tammy Duckworth Wins Chicago Primary
Yesterday Tammy Duckworth won the Democratic Congressional primary in the Illinois 8th district....

3/6/2012 - Rape in the Military Lawsuit Filed in Federal Court Today
A press conference was held at the National Press Conference today to announce a new lawsuit being filed in the US District Court in Washington, DC on behalf of eight current and former members of the Navy and Marine Corps....

11/17/2011 - Speier Introduces Bill to Eliminate Rape in the Military
Yesterday Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced legislation to strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault in the military....

11/4/2011 - Senate Hearing on Women and Arab Spring Includes Discussion of CEDAW
The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a joint subcommittee hearing on Wednesday on Women and the Arab Spring....

8/8/2011 - VA Aims to Improve Care for Women Veterans
In an effort to better address the medical needs of the thousands of women veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) started a "mini residency program" to refresh doctors and nurse practitioners, many of whom are more accustomed to treating male veterans, on women's healthcare....

5/24/2011 - Amendment to Ban Gay Marriage on 2012 Minnesota Ballot
A proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage will be decided by Minnesota voters next year after the Minnesota House on Saturday approved placing the amendment on the state ballot in November 2012....

4/14/2011 - Sexual Assault in the Military Bill Introduced in the House
On Wednesday, Representatives Mike Turner (R-OH) and Niki Tsongas (D-MA) introduced the Defense STRONG (Sexual Trauma Response, Oversight and Good Governance) Act that would increase the legal rights and protections for service members who have experienced sexual assault during their military service....

4/12/2011 - Congresswoman Speier Condemns Rape in the Military
Following the Pentagon's March 17 release of its latest sexual assault statistics, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) delivered a speech on the floor of the US House of Representatives decrying rape in the military....

3/9/2011 - Military Commission Report For Dropping Combat Restrictions
The Military Leadership Diversity Commission released a report that recommended that the Pentagon change its policies to allow women in combat....

1/14/2011 - Military Commission For Dropping Combat Restrictions
The Military Leadership Diversity Commission announced plans to recommend that the Pentagon change its policies to allow women in combat....

10/20/2010 - Military Recruiters Accept Openly Gay Applicants
On Friday, the Pentagon informed military recruiters that they may now accept openly gay and lesbian candidates for recruitment....

10/1/2010 - UNICEF Releases Report on Girls Education in Iraq
Yesterday, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) published their 2010 report about the current education situation for girls in Iraq....

6/28/2010 - Gay Pride Parades on Stonewall Anniversary Marred by Controversy
This past weekend gay pride marches were held across the country on the 41st anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which broke out after police raided the Stonewall Inn, a New York City gay bar....

6/18/2010 - Secretary Clinton Releases 2010 Human Trafficking Report
On Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released the State Department's 10th Annual Trafficking in Persons Report, a 373-page document which outlines the prevalence of global trafficking and assesses the world's effort to implement procedures of prevention, protection, and prosecution....

4/30/2010 - Women Will Serve on US Navy Submarines
The United States Navy announced yesterday that women are no longer banned from military submarines....