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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....

3/12/2014 - Feminist Majority Endorses Marisa DeFranco For US House of Representatives from MA-06
The Feminist Majority is proud to announce our endorsement of Marisa DeFranco for U.S....

2/13/2014 - One Billion People Worldwide Will Rise for Justice Tomorrow
Millions of people will rise for justice tomorrow for One Billion Rising's global V-Day events, including a rally in Washington, DC. One Billion Rising "is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice - courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not....

1/30/2014 - New York State Assembly Passes Omnibus Women's Equality Act
The New York State Assembly passed the Women's Equality Act on Monday, an omnibus bill designed to strengthen women's rights in 10 different areas. The Women's Equality Act codifies Roe v....

10/18/2013 - Nearly 30 Million in Slavery Worldwide
The Walk Free Foundation, an Australian-based organization, released its first Global Slavery Index Report Wednesday estimating 29.8 million people live in various forms of modern slavery worldwide....

10/10/2013 - Registration to Run in Afghanistan Elections Closed This Week
Registration wrapped up on October 6 for both the Afghanistan presidential and provincial council elections....

9/18/2013 - UN Agencies Condemn Violence Against Women in Afghanistan
UN Women, the United Nations agency committed to gender equality and women's empowerment, condemned the recent intimidation and targeted killings of Afghan women government officials....

8/30/2013 - US Won't Challenge State Laws Legalizing Recreational Marijuana
The Justice Department announced Thursday that it would not interfere with state laws legalizing recreational marijuana....

8/23/2013 - American Photojournalist Gang-raped in India
A 22-year-old American photojournalist was gang-raped in an isolated Mumbai neighborhood Thursday night, Indian police said....

6/21/2013 - Supreme Court Deems Anti-Prostitution Clause Unconstitutional
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday with a six-justice majority that the "Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath" (APLO) in the 2003 United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria act violated the First Amendment and was unconstitutional....

6/6/2013 - NY Governor Cuomo Officially Introduces Women's Equality Act
On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) officially introduced the long-awaited Women's Equality Act....

2/12/2013 - Senate Leads the Way And Passes a Strong VAWA
The Senate, by a wide margin of 78-22, passed a strong inclusive Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act today....

2/12/2013 - Senate Leads the Way And Passes a Strong VAWA
The Senate, by a wide margin of 78-22, passed a strong inclusive Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act today....