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12/4/2002 - UNFPA Releases Report on State of World Population
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released a report yesterday calling for improved access to reproductive health services and education for women as crucial steps in the fight against global poverty....

11/7/2002 - State Department Withholds Funding for World Health Organization
The State Department recently decided to freeze $3 million in funding appropriated by Congress for the World Health Organizations research on mifepristone (also known as RU-486 and the abortion pill)....

11/4/2002 - US to Back Away from UN Population Policy
The Bush Administration threatened last week to back out of a landmark United Nations (UN) population policy ratified by 179 nations in 1994 if the terms reproductive rights and reproductive health services were not removed from the language of the agreement, according to the New York Times....

10/21/2002 - Developing Countries Face a Shortage of Condoms
A new report shows that there is a shortage of condoms being donated from richer countries to poorer countries, with a current supply that is about one tenth of whats needed, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....

10/17/2002 - Womens Groups and Members of Congress Hold News Conference Opposing FDA Nominee
The Feminist Majority Foundation joined six groups and several members of Congress, including Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) at a press conference yesterday opposing the administrations pending appointment of David Hager to the Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee....

10/7/2002 - Event Tomorrow to Demonstrate Support for US Ratification of CEDAW
Tomorrow, Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal will join key members of Congress and over 170 women's rights and major non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in voicing support for US ratification of the International Womens Treaty (CEDAW)....

9/16/2002 - Senate Passes Bill to Test More Rape Kits
The Senate last week unanimously approved the DNA Sexual Assault Justice Act of 2002 (S 2313), a bill aimed at reducing the growing nationwide backlog of DNA evidence for sexual assault cases....

8/2/2002 - Senate Committee Approves Bill to Test More Rape Kits
In an effort to address the growing backlog nationwide of DNA evidence for sexual assault cases, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the DNA Sexual Assault Justice Act of 2002 earlier this month....

8/2/2002 - LAPD Destroyed Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases; Reform of Police Procedure Urged
The Los Angeles Police Department has admitted that inadequate training caused the destruction of DNA evidence from over 1,100 sexual assault cases....

7/19/2002 - Bush Pushes for Legislation to Withhold $34 Million in UNFPA Funding
Legislation that will allow President Bush to withhold $34 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was approved yesterday by a House-Senate conference committee....

7/19/2002 - Gender Gap in Earnings Persists Despite Wage Increases with Education
While education leads to significant increases in wages for all workers, increases in mens salaries still outpace increases for womens salaries at every level, according to a census report released yesterday as reported in the Washington Post....

7/15/2002 - Bush Refuses To Release UNFPA Report
Defying advice from his own fact-finding team and State Department officials, President Bush will most likely cut $34 million in funds for vital healthcare programs to women and children in 142 countries, Knight Ridder reported Sunday....

6/26/2002 - Medical Association Urges States to Allow Breastfeeding in Public
Asserting the benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child, the American Medical Association (AMA) this week urged states to pass legislation protecting a womans right to breastfeed in public....

6/13/2002 - Senate Holds Historic Hearing for Womens Rights
The first hearing in eight years on the international treaty to promote womens rights - drafted in 1979 by the United Nations and ratified by two-thirds of its member countries - was held today by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee....

5/6/2002 - Bill Introduced to Improve DNA Evidence Collection for Sexual Assault Cases
The Debbie Smith Act, a bill requiring that health officials test rape victim DNA samples within 10 days of receipt, has been introduced in the House and Senate....

1/24/2002 - Gains in Pay Equity Reversed
The wage gap between male and female managers has widened in the last five years, according to a study released today by Representatives John D....

1/14/2002 - Bush Denies Release of Funds for International Family Planning
President Bush placed a temporary hold on $34 million intended for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as part of a foreign aid appropriations bill the President signed last Thursday....

8/29/2001 - Bush Administration Will Attend U.N. Childrens Session
A State Department spokesperson announced late yesterday that, despite concerns over abortion-related language, the Bush Administration does plan to send a delegation to the United Nations General Assembly session on children this September....

3/23/2001 - Congress Members Reintroduce ERA
Yesterday, on the 29th anniversary of the 1972 congressional passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Stephen Horn (R-CA) reintroduced ERA in the House, while Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) reintroduced it in the Senate....

10/5/2000 - Women Senators Demand Reauthorization of VAWA
The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) will keep thousands of domestic violence shelters and violence prevention programs up and running, as well as a national domestic violence hotline that answers 142,000 calls per year....

9/26/2000 - Violence Against Women Act Passes House
The House of Representatives passed an act reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act by an almost unanimous vote of 415Y to 3N....

9/14/2000 - House Votes In Favor of Hate Crimes Act in Defense Authorization Bill
By 232-192, the House of Representatives voted in a non-binding resolution to instruct the House-Senate Defense Authorization Conference Committee to include language expanding the Hate Crimes Act in the joint defense authorization legislation....

8/8/2000 - Women at the DNC Will Not Be Just a Show
The Republican National Convention featured women and people of color in front of the cameras, but a quick look at the floor showed that most delegates were white and male....

5/4/2000 - House Committee Holds Hearing on CEDAW
The House International Relations Committee held a hearing on the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) yesterday....

7/21/1999 - Ghanaian Woman Avoids Deportation
Adelaide Abankwah fled to the United States in 1997 seeking asylum from female genital mutilation (FGM)....