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12/4/2015 - Egypt's President Issues Decree Outlawing Child Marriage
In an attempt to outlaw child marriage in the country, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi issued a decree making it illegal for Egyptians to get married before the age of 18. The recent decree brings Egypt into compliance with the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child on the matter of child marriage....

10/29/2015 - Texas Officials Raid Planned Parenthood
Just three days after Texas officials announced their plan to cut Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, investigators from the state's Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) raided a handful of the women's healthcare provider's clinics, demanding patients' records and billing details as well as employee information. Last week, state officials from the Texas Office of the Inspector General (a division of the HHSC led by Stuart Brown) served subpoenas to Planned Parenthood facilities in Brownsville, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio and ordered to surrender documents - including Medicaid records dating back to 2010 - to authorities within 24 hours....

10/28/2015 - Gov. Cuomo Signs Women's Equality Bills Into Law
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just signed into law several bills strengthening protections for women in the workplace as well as victims of sex trafficking, sexual harassment, and domestic violence in an effort to further women's equality in the state. The new laws close loopholes that had allowed employers to have policies against sharing wage information and increases the amount of damages that can be collected in cases of wage theft; expands protections against workplace sexual harassment to include all employers, not just those with more than four employees; and allows recovery of attorneys' fees by successful plaintiffs in sex discrimination in employment and credit cases....

10/26/2015 - Planned Parenthood Clinic Vandalized by Intruder With Hatchet
In the latest incident of violent anti-abortion extremism, an intruder wielding a hatchet ripped through a Planned Parenthood in Claremont, New Hampshire last week destroying telephones, medical equipment, computers and plumber fixtures, resulting in "significant" damage including flooding.According to Claremont law enforcement, a suspect, described only as a juvenile, was apprehended at the scene. Wednesday's act of clinic violence marks the second in as many weeks at the Planned Parenthood of Northern New England....

8/17/2015 - Amnesty Votes on Policy to Decriminalize Sex Work, Sparks Feminist Debate
Amnesty International adopted a resolution last week at an International Council Meeting allowing for the development of a policy supporting the decriminalization of sex work....

7/31/2015 - Mexican Court Sentences Five Men to 697 Years on Prison for Femicide
Last week, a Mexican court made a unanimous decision to convict five men of eleven femicides, or gender-driven killing....

6/23/2015 - Senate Narrowly Approves of Vote for Fast Tracking the TPP
The Senate voted this morning to advance consideration of trade promotion authority, also known as "fast track" authority, for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), barely getting the 60 votes necessary to continue the bill. The cloture vote, which was needed in order to proceed with a vote on fast track authority for the TPP, was narrowly passed at 60-37....

6/19/2015 - TPP "Fast Track" Headed Back to the Senate Again
In what has become a procedural roller-coaster, the House voted 218 to 208 yesterday to pass Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)....

4/23/2015 - BREAKING: The Senate Just Confirmed Loretta Lynch for Attorney General After a Five-Month Delay
After a five-month battle, the Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch US Attorney General today, making her the first Black woman in US history to take on the role....

3/16/2015 - Attorney General Confirmation Delayed Over Anti-Abortion Provision of Human Trafficking Bill
The Senate hit an unexpected delay in the consideration of nominee Loretta Lynch for attorney general due to the discovery of an anti-abortion provision hidden within a bipartisan human trafficking bill, which has recently reached an impasse. "I had hoped to turn to her next week, but if we can't finish the trafficking bill, she will be put off again," said majority leader Mitch McConnell on CNN on the delay in Lynch's confirmation....

2/12/2015 - Worldwide Attacks Against Schoolgirls Are on the Rise
Attacks against girls who seek an education are increasing around the world, according to a United Nations report released Monday. The report, conducted by the Women's Human Rights and Gender section of the Human Rights Council, shows attacks on schools have happened in at least 70 countries between 2009 and 2014 and that many of the attacks were "directed at girls, parents and teachers advocating for gender equality in education....

2/9/2015 - Violence Against Women Came to the Forefront at Last Nights Grammy Awards
The 57the Annual Grammy Awards set a new precedent last night with a speech from a domestic violence survivor and activist and the airing of a PSA from President Obama about violence against women. Party way through the awards ceremony last night, President Obama appeared on a video screen....

11/21/2014 - UN Expert Calls for Action To End Violence Against Women in Afghanistan
United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Rashida Manjoo returned last week from a nine-day official visit in Afghanistan with a call to the Afghan Government and the international community to continue its focus on creating sustainable solutions to reduce violence against women. This was Manjoo's third visit to Afghanistan, and the Special Rapporteur noted many positive developments since her travel to the country in 1999, during the Taliban regime, and in 2005. In particular, Manjoo cited the creation of the Elimination of Violence Against Women Law (EVAW) by presidential decree in 2009 as "a key step towards the elimination of violence against women and girls."EVAW criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women - including rape, child and forced marriage, domestic violence, trafficking, and forced self-immolation - and specifies punishment for perpetrators....

10/27/2014 - Mullah Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Rape Under Afghanistan's EVAW Law
Judge Mohammad Suliman Rasuli sentenced Mullah Mohammad Amin - a religious leader from Afghanistan - to 20 years in prison Saturday for the rape of a 10-year-old girl in Kunduz province. Mullah Amin admitted to having sex with the girl, whose name has not been released, but claimed that the child had seduced him....

10/14/2014 - Girls Spoke Out at the United Nations on International Day of the Girl
The United Nation's third annual International Day of the Girl was recognized Saturday by activists and leaders alike....

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....

8/29/2014 - Terry O'Neill Was One of Hundreds Arrested Calling for Immigration Reform at White House Rally
Thursday, nearly 300 people were arrested in front of the White House during a rally calling on President Barack Obama to halt mass deportations....

8/7/2014 - US-Africa Leaders Summit Closes With Funding Commitments and Focus on Women
After three days of unprecedented meetings between the US and leaders from nearly 50 African countries, the US Africa Leaders Summit ended Wednesday....

7/31/2014 - First World Day Against Human Trafficking Encourages International Action
The first World Day against Trafficking in Persons took place Wednesday in an effort by the United Nations to bring attention to the continuing need for international support to help trafficking victims and end impunity for perpetrators. Millions of people are still trafficked every year, sold to work in brothels, fields, and sweatshops....

7/25/2014 - Women's Equality Party Launched in New York
In November, voters in New York may elect the first Women's Equality Party ticket....

7/23/2014 - 100 Days: Vigils Held To Support Rescue of Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls
100 days ago today, more than 270 schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram....

6/27/2014 - New York Women's Equality Act Stalled For A Second Time
For the second year in a row, the New York State legislature closed its legislative session without voting on the Women's Equality Act (WEA)....

6/18/2014 - New York Senate Passes Three Planks of Women's Equality Act, Defying Advocates for the Comprehensive Package
The New York state Senate passed three bills on Monday that are part of the omnibus Women's Equality Act introduced by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) in June of 2013....

5/14/2014 - Advocates Push NYPD for More Reform Following Recent Condom Seizure Policy Revision
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) announced changes Monday to their policy of using condoms as evidence of sex work, but advocates maintain that practice should be put to rest rather than modified....

5/6/2014 - Boko Haram Kidnaps Eight More Girls in Nigeria
Less than one month after kidnapping over 200 girls from Chibok, terrorist group Boko Haram reportedly kidnapped eight more girls, ages 12 to 15, from Warabe, another village in northeast Nigeria. The girls were taken from their homes on Sunday night, loaded onto trucks by gunpoint....