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12/7/2001 - Afghan Womens Summit Announces Reconstruction Recommendations
The Afghan Womens Summit for Democracy concluded in Brussels by issuing a proclamation announcing its demands and recommendations for the successful reconstruction of Afghan society....

10/18/2001 - Taliban Raids UN Food Warehouses
Taliban soldiers on Tuesday seized United Nations World Food Program warehouses in Kandahar and Kabul....

10/16/2001 - Powell Considers Post-Taliban Afghanistan
Secretary of State Colin Powell met with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to discuss, among other issues, the future of Afghanistan if the Taliban is ousted as a result of the U.S.-led war on terrorism....

10/11/2001 - Smeal Testifies on Behalf of Afghan Women Urges Aid, Restoration of Rights, and Democracy
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority and the Feminist Majority Foundation, testified before the U.S....

10/10/2001 - Smeal Testifies on Behalf of Afghan Women Urges Aid, Restoration of Rights, and Democracy
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority and the Feminist Majority Foundation, testified before the U.S....

10/10/2001 - Congressional Testimony of E. Smeal on the Plight of Afghan Women - Part III
<< Part II We cannot be fooled by those who would use culture and religion as an excuse for the marginalization or exclusion of women in the reconstruction of Afghanistan....

10/3/2001 - Heroin Trafficking Finances Taliban and Terrorism
Production of heroin in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan provides the Taliban with its main source of revenue that is then diverted to terrorist networks inside of the country, including Osama bin Ladens al Qaeda network....

8/22/2001 - Women and Girls Forced into Sexual Slavery in Europe
In a growing cross-border trade, young women and girls living in poverty in the former Soviet bloc, Asia, and sub-Saharan African are being lured into an underground network of sex slavery by false promises of legitimate jobs or marriage....

3/22/2001 - Leadership Alliances Promote Global Women's Rights During Women's History Month
Although International Womens Day is celebrated on March 8th, our groups continue to work for womens rights around the world during Womens History Month and throughout the year.The GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY Leadership Alliance organized a panel on international womens rights with speakers from around the world discussing their firsthand experiences and general womens rights in their native countries....

3/7/2001 - Torture of Women a Worldwide Phenomenon
Amnesty International released two new reports this week showing that women worldwide are tortured and abused both by relatives and by government officials, including police....

2/9/2001 - U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Looks to US for Support
United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson met with Secretary of State Colin Powell and national security advisor Condoleezza Rice this week in an effort to generate US support for a world conference on racism to be held this summer....

12/13/2000 - Brazil Leads In Trafficking Of Women In South America
According to United Nations and the Helesnki Federation of Human Rights,some 75,000 Brazilian women have been forced and coerced into sexual trafficking and slavery in the European Union....

12/4/2000 - Trafficking Of Women & Girls Enormous Global Problem
Estimates indicate that at least 50,000 women are brought into the United States for sexual exploitation alone and internationally, over 700,000 women and girls are forced into sexual slavery....

10/12/2000 - FEMINIST VICTORY: VAWA PASSES UNANIMOUSLY
After months of Republican stalling, the Senate unanimously voted yesterday to pass the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, an anti-crime bill that includes the Sex Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the Violence Against Women Act(VAWA)....

10/11/2000 - VAWA and Trafficking Votes Expected Today
The Senate is finally debating today, as we file this report, the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, which includes the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Sex Trafficking Victims Protection Act, as well as other anti-crime provisions....

10/6/2000 - Conference Committee Votes to Reauthorize VAWA
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), along with the Sex Trafficking Victims Protection Act, passed a joint House-Senate conference committee by a vote of 356-28....

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....

9/28/2000 - Cambodia Takes Stand Against Sex Tourism
Cambodia's Minister of Tourism Veng Seryvuth marked World Tourism Day by "declaring that it should no longer be seen as a destination for sex tourists....

9/1/2000 - Fears Of Asian Sex Trade Increase In Case Of Kidnapped British Woman
A former British Airways fight attendant, Lucie Blackman, disappeared in Tokyo on July 1 and now is believed to been forced into sexual slavery....

8/1/2000 - Senate Passes Act to Protect Sex Trafficking Victims
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 passed the Senate last week with a unanimous vote, and all signs point to its passage in the House as well....

7/21/2000 - Senate Hearing Condemns Taliban Rule
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Zieba Shorish-Shamley of the Women's Alliance for Peace and Human Rights in Afghanistan condemned the Taliban's oppression of women and girls at a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs held July 20th....

7/11/2000 - CEDAW Committee Deplores Honor Killings
Gender inequity persists in forms such as "honor killings," trafficking and sexual exploitation, and legal restrictions on property rights, reported members of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the only UN human rights body that exclusively addresses women's rights....

7/6/2000 - Sex Trade in Europe and Middle East Sees No End
The sex-trafficking trade, which deceives and coerces women and children into sexual slavery, continues to flourish as a highly profitable enterprise for the criminals who capture and sell their victims....

7/6/2000 - Clinton Signs U.N. Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child; Conservative Senate Leaders Continue to Block Ratification
On July 5th President Clinton signed two United Nations (U.N.) documents that protect the role of children in armed conflict, sex trafficking and slavery....

6/12/2000 - Feminists Disappointed with Lack of Progress at UN Conference
While pleased that the United Nations Beijing Plus Five Conference in New York ended with 180 nations reaching consensus on a document that reaffirmed the platform approved at the 1995 Fourth World Conference, feminist organizations, including the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University, the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), and Feminist Majority Foundation, expressed their disappointment with the failure to implement a stronger statement....