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4/11/2002 - ICC Ratified by 66 Countries, Will Begin Operation in July
Ten nations ratified the International Criminal Court (ICC) today bringing the total number of nations to ratify the 1998 Rome treaty to 66, meaning that the ICC will finally enter into force this July....

4/11/2002 - UN, Afghanistan Make Plea for International Aid to Help Ensure National Security
Afghan Interim Prime Minister Hamid Karzai and United Nations special envoy to Afghanistan Lakhdar Brahimi called on the international community yesterday to release aid money pledged for Afghanistans reconstruction in January in order to fund a national security force in the country....

4/8/2002 - FM President Leads Call for Expansion of Peace Troops in Afghanistan
Delivering the keynote address at the National Council of Womens Organizations Womens Equality Summit and Action Day, Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal called for a national women's campaign in support of peace troop expansion and more U.S....

4/8/2002 - US Freeze Forces UNFPA Cuts
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has been forced to cut new programs and staff because of under-funding experienced after the Bush Administration froze $34 million appropriated for UNFPA by Congress....

4/1/2002 - ICC may be 'Unsigned' by US
Ambassador for War Crimes Issues, Pierre Prosper, stated Thursday that the Bush Administration is considering "unsigning" the treaty authorizing the soon-to-be launched International Criminal Court (ICC)....

3/26/2002 - Australian Researchers: Male Contraceptive Shot Effective
Researchers at the ANZAC Research Institute in Sydney, Australia and Prince Henrys Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne report that a hormone-based injection taken four times per year is effective as a contraceptive....

3/18/2002 - Saudi Religious Police May Have Interfered in Rescue Efforts at Girls School
Reports from Arab News (Jeddah) suggest that the Saudi Arabian Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (mutawwa) put the lives of hundreds of young girls and teachers at the Mecca Intermediate School No....

3/11/2002 - Struggle of Afghan Women Highlighted at UN International Womens Day
The United Nations marked International Womens Day last Friday by looking ahead at the future for women in Afghanistan....

3/7/2002 - FM President Eleanor Smeal Calls for Expansion of Peacekeeping Troops and Funding for Afghanistan
Womens Rights Leader Cites Need to Protect Afghan Women from Violence Washington, DCSpeaking at a Congressional briefing today, Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority (FM), urged House members to support the expansion and immediate deployment of 25,000 more peacekeeping troops throughout Afghanistan....

2/25/2002 - U.S. Considers Larger Peacekeeping Role in Afghanistan
Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S....

2/13/2002 - Women Used As Sex Slaves for Taliban, al Qaeda
While reports of the Talibans involvement in the trafficking of Afghan women was long reported by Afghan refugees fleeing Afghanistan during the Talibans rule, more detailed and numerous accounts continue to emerge following the collapse of the brutal regime....

1/24/2002 - Members of Congress Call for UNFPA Funds to Be Released
House Foreign Operations appropriations subcommittee chair Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) urged President Bush to begin spending the $34 million Congress slated for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and cautioned him that if funds were not spent, There would be consequences. Kolbe and his counterpart in the Senate, Patrick Leahy (D-VT), emphasized that funding UNFPA was, according to Kolbe, clearly the intent of Congress....

1/23/2002 - Military Rescinds Dress Requirement for Female Servicemembers in Saudi Arabia
Following a lawsuit filed by Lt....

1/14/2002 - Biden Calls for Immediate Delivery of Aid for Afghan Reconstruction
Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for an immediate infusion of funds into Afghanistan to facilitate the reconstruction process....

11/8/2001 - Where Are the Women: Female Experts on Afghanistan Missing from TV Media
The Washington Post reports that out of the 98 television programs to publish their guest lists in the Post this month, only 12 were to feature women as experts on the post-September 11 crises....

10/10/2001 - Congressional Testimony of E. Smeal on the Plight of Afghan Women - Part II
<< Part I We applaud the work of the United Nations agencies, especially the World Food Program, in Afghanistan....

9/7/2001 - Afghan Refugees Await Australian Judges Decision; WFP Requests Funds
The 434 refugees awaiting admission to Papua New Guinea before being resettled to New Zealand and the small island republic of Nauru will face at least another three days at sea in the Australian naval ship Manoora....

8/22/2001 - Women's Rights Opponent to Finally Leave Senate
Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC), the ultraconservative politician famous for his 30-year assault on womens rights, announced his retirement today, effective at the end of his 2003 term....

7/20/2001 - Boxer Chairs Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Gag Rule
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Hearing on legislation to overturn President Bushs Family Planning Gag Rule yesterday....

7/10/2001 - Japanese Womens Groups Deplore Rape by U.S Serviceman
While the U.S....

1/3/2001 - Women Gain Equal Status In German Military
In a remarkable, yet long overdue, social policy change the German military has opened all divisions of its military to women....

12/4/2000 - Republicans Announce Campaign Against The International Criminal Court
Republicans in the United States House of Representatives and Senate, led by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Jesse Helms, have announced their plans to not ratify the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court, making it a top legislative priority for next year....

10/3/2000 - Human Rights Incorporated Into British Law
Women, immigrants, lesbians and gays applauded the adoption of the European Convention on Human Rights in Great Britain this week....

9/12/2000 - World Health Organization Estimates 4 Million Unsafe Abortions Per Year In Latin America
The World Health Organization estimates that four million unsafe abortions are performed annually in Latin America....

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....