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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....

11/5/2003 - Afghan Draft Constitution Provides Weak Rights Protections
While the draft constitution that was released this week does contain provisions guaranteeing human rights, equal rights, and non-discrimination for all Afghan citizens, it lacks language that women's rights and human rights advocates had urged explicitly defining "citizens" as both women and men and leaves women's rights in many areas vulnerable to interpretation of Islam....

10/22/2003 - US Draft Resolution on Women's Political Participation Needs Work
Women's rights advocates are calling for concrete measures to increase women's political participation in a US draft resolution that will be considered by the United Nations this month....

10/9/2003 - US Resolution on Women's Political Participation Doesn't Include CEDAW
The US Mission to the United Nations has proposed a draft resolution entitled "Women and Political Participation" that does not include any reference to the International Women's Treaty, CEDAW....

8/26/2003 - Bush Administration's Rhetoric Does Not Match Reality on Global Women's Rights Issues

Lack of Funding, Security Result in "F" Grade on Afghanistan Inaction Causes "Incomplete" Grade on CEDAW Ratification
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8/26/2003 - Women's Groups Release Scorecard on Bush Administration
Three women's rights and health groups today commemorated Women's Equality Day by releasing a scorecard rating the Bush administration on global women's issues....

8/18/2003 - CEDAW Rejected in Iran
Iran's ultra-conservative Guardian Council rejected three bills last week that were approved by Parliament, including the International Women's Treaty, CEDAW (Convention to Eliminate all forms of Discrimination Against Women)....

5/27/2003 - Conservatives in Iran Crack Down on Women's Clothing
Iran's clothing stores and factories were issued a written order to stop the production and selling of clothes that are not in line with the current strict female dress code....

3/5/2003 - United Nations Holds 47th Session of Commission on the Status of Women
The United Nations is currently holding the 47th session of its Commission on the Status of Women in New York City....

12/5/2002 - WHO, Others Mark International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women
After releasing a study in October that for the first time called violence against women a global health problem, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a campaign to prevent violence against women through public education....

11/11/2002 - Karzai Grants Jailed Afghan Women Amnesty
In celebration of Ramadan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai last week granted amnesty to 20 women in Kabul, jailed mostly on charges of petty crimes, such as adultery or refusal to marry with parental consent....