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4/22/2015 - We Need to Talk About Gender On Earth Day
Today is Earth Day, an annual event that celebrates our planet and encourages people to find a way to protect it....

3/25/2015 - Afghan Woman Beaten to Death After Complaining to Mullah
Updated 4/6/2015 A 27-year-old woman ‎who was falsely accused of burning a copy of the Koran outside of a riverside mosque in a very poor part of Kabul, Afghanistan was brutally beaten and burned alive in March. Shocking videos quickly spread on social media showing crowds of men surrounded by hundreds of onlookers assaulting the 27-year-old Farkhunda with bricks and sticks and repeatedly kicking her....

5/20/2013 - Afghan Violence Against Women Law Blocked in Parliament
On Saturday, the Speaker of the Lower House of Afghan Parliament delayed a vote on the Elimination of Violence against Women law after two hours of vociferous debate between conservative religious and more liberal members of Parliament....

2/27/2013 - VAWA To Go Before House of Representatives Tomorrow
Late last night, the House Rules Committee decided to bring the inclusive Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) to the House floor for a vote - provided that a restrictive House substitute bill is rejected first. House leadership announced a substitute bill last week that guts necessary protections for students, LGBTQ individuals, immigrants, and Native Americans from the Senate bill....

1/17/2012 - Domestic Violence More Common Among Police Officers
After San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimia was charged with three misdemeanors resulting from his alleged spousal abuse, the San Francisco Gate released an article indicating that law enforcement officials physically abuse their wives and female partners twice as frequently as civilians....

9/26/2011 - Women's Rights Groups Praise New Afghan Shelter Regulations
In a victory for Afghan women's rights groups, President Hamid Karzai's Cabinet approved new draft regulations that will allow women's shelters in Afghanistan to remain independent and not come under government control....

2/17/2011 - Afghan Women's Leaders Fight Proposed Shelter Regulation
Afghan women's leaders announced at a press conference this morning in Kabul that they will fight the proposed regulation and any attempt of the government to take over battered women and girls shelters, currently run by non-profit women's organizations....

2/14/2011 - Obama's 2012 Budget - a Contrast to Republican's
Today President Obama released his 2012 Budget, which poses a direct contrast to the massive cuts to programs that benefit women and girls proposed by House Republican in the Continuing Resolution (CR) for funding FY 2011....

1/12/2010 - Kim Gandy, Former NOW President, Joins Feminist Majority Leadership
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation and the Feminist Majority, announced today that Kim Gandy has become Vice President and General Counsel of both organizations....

1/12/2010 - Kim Gandy, Former NOW President, Joins Feminist Majority Leadership
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation and the Feminist Majority, announced today that Kim Gandy has become Vice President and General Counsel of both organizations....

7/17/2009 - Court Filing Allows Asylum for Battered Women
A legal brief filed by the Obama administration reverses a Bush administration policy that prohibited battered women from seeking asylum in the US....

1/16/2008 - Homeland Security May Refuse Asylum for Abused Immigrant Women
The Department of Homeland Security is reviewing a 1994 policy that has allowed over 30,000 battered women immigrants to stay in the United States and become citizens....

12/3/2004 - Women on Death Row Suffer Harsher Conditions than Male Inmates
Women on Death Row endure more hardships than their male counterparts, according to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)....

11/1/2004 - Immigrant Women at Highest Risk of Femicide in NYC
A report recently released by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), "Femicide In New York City: 1995-2002," found women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than a stranger....

10/8/2004 - New Rules Require Data Collection on Battered Women in Shelters
Domestic violence groups are protesting new rules set in place by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)....

9/24/2004 - CA: Battered Women Bill Signed, Could Help Free Women for Past Crimes
A bill signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) last Friday will allow imprisoned women a chance for a new trial or reduced sentence if they can prove that their crime was committed under coercion of an abusive partner....

8/2/2004 - Women Can Be Convicted of Homicide for Risky Behavior during Pregnancy
After Regina McKnight delivered a stillborn baby in 2001, prosecutors speciously linked the babys death with McKnight's cocaine use and promptly convicted her of homicide a conviction that American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorneys are seeking to overturn....

7/21/2004 - Spain's New Prime Minister Prioritizes Protection for Women
The new Prime Minister of Spain, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, is making protection against domestic violence a top priority in his government....

5/19/2003 - Arab Activists Discuss Violence Against Women
Women's groups from the Arab world called upon their respective governments to break through social taboos and stop violence against women....

4/9/2003 - Violence Against Women Office Made Freestanding
The Bush Administration has backtracked on its plan to weaken the Violence Against Women Office (VAWO) in an important victory for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault....

2/28/2003 - Animal Abuse Linked to Domestic Violence
State laws often treat animal cruelty as a light offense, but there is a significant and dangerous correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence....

12/19/2002 - Virginia Prosecutors No Longer Assigned to Some Domestic Violence Cases
As state legislatures struggle to balance their budgets in the face of a nationwide, cumulative deficit of $40 billion and the worst budget crisis since World War II, domestic violence victims in states such as Virginia are the ones paying the price....

10/28/2002 - California Releases First Woman Under Battered Womens Syndrome Law
Marva Wallace, an abused woman who has served 17 years in California state prison for killing her husband, became the first woman to be released under a state law passed in June that allows inmates to use the battered womens syndrome to seek reversal of convictions for killing their abuser before 1992, when the syndrome was deemed lawful....

9/5/2002 - Ashcroft Appoints VAWA Opponent to Violence Against Women Committee
Attorney General John Ashcroft appointed Nancy Pfotenhauer, president and CEO of the notoriously conservative International Womens Forum (IWF), to the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women....

8/16/2002 - CA Governor Denies Parole for Battered Women
California Governor Gray Davis reversed two parole recommendations earlier this month for two battered women who killed, or were involved in the killing of, their long-time abusive partners....