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3/23/2009 - FMF's National Young Women's Leadership Conference Held This Weekend
The Feminist Majority Foundation's National Young Women's Leadership Conference this past weekend was a resounding success! Over 500 attendees came from across the country to discuss some of today's most pressing issues, including reproductive rights, crisis pregnancy centers, the environment, LGBTQ rights, violence against women, communities of color, the Convention to Eliminate all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the situation of Afghan women and girls, the economy, and more. The two-day conference was filled with some of today's leading feminist voices, including Hilda Solis, Tina Tchen, Lilly Ledbetter, Dolores Huerta, Eleanor Smeal, Dr....

1/21/2009 - Breaking News: Hillary Clinton Confirmed as Secretary of State
Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) was just confirmed as Secretary of State by a 94-2 Senate roll call vote....

12/16/2008 - Morocco Accepts CEDAW Without Reservations
In a speech celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, King Mohammed VI of Morocco announced last week his nation's full acceptance of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the 1979 treaty that bans gender discrimination....

12/10/2008 - At 60th Anniversary, Universal Declaration on Human Rights May Expand
On the anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) today, the European Union (EU) aims to expand the Declaration to include condemnation of the criminalization of same-sex relationships....

9/5/2008 - Republican Party Platform Reviewed
The official Republican Party Platform adopted this week has the potential to threaten women's rights domestically and abroad....

8/28/2008 - Senator Biden's Violence Against Women Act Highlighted at DNC
Senator Joe Biden, who has long worked closely with the women's movement, accepted the Democratic nomination for Vice President last night....

8/11/2008 - Democratic Platform Adopted, Victory for Women
The Democratic Platform Committee adopted a very strong platform for women this weekend in Pittsburgh....

8/4/2008 - FM President Eleanor Smeal Testifies at DNC Platform Hearing
Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal testified at the Democratic National Platform Hearing in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday....

8/4/2008 - First Afghan Woman Elected to CEDAW
Zohra Rasekh has been elected to the United Nations' Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)....

1/22/2008 - UN Panel Questions Saudi Restrictions on Women
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women questioned Saudi Arabian officials at a meeting in Geneva regarding the government�s infringement the rights of women in the kingdom....

8/13/2007 - Sierra Leone Presidential Candidates Shy Away From FGM Debate
Only one of the seven presidential candidates in Sierra Leone has denounced the widespread practice of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM), which can lead to serious health and pregnancy problems for women....

1/5/2006 - Bush Makes Recess Appointment of Sauerbrey Despite Women's Protests
Yesterday, President Bush made a recess appointment of Ellen Sauerbrey to be Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, circumventing Congressional opposition to her appointment....

10/26/2005 - Senators on Foreign Relations Committee Press Nominee Sauerbrey on Her Record
Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing yesterday to consider Ellen Sauerbrey, President Bush's nominee to be Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration....

10/18/2004 - No Country Has Achieved Full Equality for Women Reports CEDAW Committee
Marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the UN Committee for CEDAW announced that no country in the world has achieved full equality between men and women in law and in practice....

9/24/2004 - Iranian Girl Executed for Violating Chastity Laws
A 16-year old Iranian girl was recently executed for violating Irans chastity laws....

9/22/2004 - Iranian Parliament Rejects Women's Rights Reforms
Irans new parliament, elected last February, is working to place more restrictions on women rather than expand reforms carried out under President Mohammad Khatami....

8/10/2004 - Both Parties in Michigan Offer Abortion Rights Supporters for US House Seat
Michigan's primary election last Tuesday decided the nominees for the only vacant US House seat this election cycle....

4/20/2004 - Leading Womens Groups Grade Bush Administration
One week before the March for Women's Lives, leading women's groups released a scorecard grading the Bush Administration on issues affecting women around the world, finding the Bush Administration long on rhetoric but falling far short on reality....

3/10/2004 - New Yorkers Urged to March for Women's Lives
At a press conference on International Women's Day outside of Penn Station in New York City, Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jerrald Nadler (D-NY) and several women's rights leaders urged New Yorkers to "get on the train" to Washington DC on April 25th to March for Women's Lives....

2/25/2004 - The Women's Treaty: CEDAW
On December 18, 1979, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women....

2/25/2004 - History of CEDAW
The U.S....

1/5/2004 - Afghan Women Win Victories in New Constitution
However, Rights Still At Risk From Extremist Judicial Interpretations and Lack of Security Women Loya Jirga delegates and women's rights and human rights advocates won several important concessions in the new Afghan constitution adopted on January 4 following a three-week constitutional assembly in Kabul. The new constitution contains explicit recognition of equal rights for women and men, which was lacking in the draft proposed before the Loya Jirga....

12/5/2003 - Iranian Women Win Better Child Custody Rights
Iranian women won better child custody rights earlier this week....

11/12/2003 - Women's Groups Grade Bush on Global Women's Issues
Major women's rights organizations released a follow-up scorecard today rating the Bush Administration on key issues affecting women internationally....

11/11/2003 - Afghan Minister Says Constitution Lacks Essential Women's Rights Language
Afghanistan's State Minister of Women's Affairs, Mahbuba Hoquqmal, said that the draft constitution released last week does not do enough to guarantee women's rights....