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5/8/2006 - Ms Magazine Report Exposes Sex, Greed, and Forced Abortions in 'Paradise'
The latest issue of Ms magazine includes an investigative report into the situation of women garment workers in the Northern Mariana Islands....

3/20/2006 - Chechnya's New Prime Minister Mandates Headscarves for Women
On his fourth day in office as Chechnya's prime minister, Ramzan Kadyrov banned women from appearing without headscarves in official institutions....

1/4/2006 - Trafficking Victims Protection Act Reauthorized
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (HR 972) was recently reauthorized by Congress, extending funding for trafficking prevention and victim protection through 2007....

9/20/2005 - SPECIAL REPORT: Brave Afghan Women Vote, Run for Office Amidst Violence
Media reports on the parliamentary elections in Afghanistan on Sunday were varied and scant....

8/18/2005 - Afghan Women Run for Office Amid Increasing Intimidation and Threats
Nearly 600 Afghan women are running for office in the country's first legislative elections since the fall of the Taliban in 2001....

8/10/2005 - Irish Women Challenge Abortion Ban, Appeal to European Court
As part of a major national campaign to legalize abortion in Ireland, the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) is backing the petition of three Irish women to the European Court of Human Rights....

7/19/2005 - Afghan Women Still Face Extreme Violence, Reports UN Expert
United Nations expert Yakin Erturk said that violence against women in Afghanistan is commonplace, pointing to forced and child marriages as the primary cause of violence....

7/8/2005 - Acid Attacks on Iraqi Women Increase
Several Iraqi women have been burned by acid attacks during recent weeks in Baghdad and the western province of Anbar....

6/16/2005 - Raped Woman Allowed to Leave Pakistan
After significant international pressure, the Pakistani government has removed travel restrictions it had placed on the survivor of an infamous gang rape....

6/1/2005 - Sima Samar Awarded Honorary Doctorate by Brown University
Sima Samar, former Ms Magazine Woman of the Year and long-time champion of women's rights in Afghanistan, was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters during Brown University's 237th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday....

3/10/2005 - Russia: Governmental Support of Women's Equality Weakened in Past Decade
Over 200 women's organizations have sent a letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin calling for him to create and fund a national committee on gender equality, which is increasingly necessary as women's status continues to decline in the country....

2/1/2005 - Women's Radio Station Relaunched in Afghanistan; Resources Needed
The Voice of Afghan Women, an Afghan radio station devoted to the interests of women, has been re-launched in Afghanistan....

1/5/2005 - Pentagon Issues New Policies to Prevent Sexual Assault in the Military
Following sexual assault scandals in Iraq and at the Air Force Academy, the Pentagon has issued new policies to prevent these types of crimes from occurring, to investigate cases more thoroughly, and to treat victims with more consideration....

10/21/2004 - Gunmen Attack Bus Filled With Female Iraqi Airline Employees
Gunmen attacked a bus in Baghdad today carrying female employees of Iraqi Airways, killing one woman and injuring fourteen others....

10/5/2004 - Leading Human Rights Group Urges US to Enact Afghan Women's Bill
After conducting over one hundred extensive interviews with Afghan women, a leading human rights group has concluded that threats against women by warlords and the Taliban are undermining womens participation in Afghanistans upcoming presidential elections....

9/28/2004 - Representatives Question Security on Eve of Elections in Afghanistan
Members of the House International Relations Committee examined the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan during a hearing on US security policy in Afghanistan last Thursday....

9/16/2004 - UN Presses for More Family Planning Aid to Stem Population Explosion
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released a report yesterday stating that the poorest countries populations will triple by 2050 and that there will be a population explosion unless donor countries provide more funds to family planning and reproductive health programs....

9/8/2004 - Leading NGOs Criticize Bush's Harmful International Women's Health Policies
At a recent conference in London, leading reproductive health and family planning organizations sharply criticized the Bush administration's current policies for contributing to the AIDS epidemic, thousands of unwanted pregnancies, and the deaths of women during childbirth and from unsafe abortion....

8/2/2004 - Report: Afghanistan Could Implode With Terrible Consequences
A recent British Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs report asserts that the improvement of security in Afghanistan is one of the highest priorities in the world....

7/26/2004 - Two Iraqi Women Killed While Working for Coalition Forces
Two Iraqi women working with British forces in Basra, Iraq were killed earlier this morning, July 26....

7/13/2004 - Women's Groups Demand Restoration of Critical Family Planning Funds
A massive effort organized by a broad-based coalition of women's rights and health organizations, environmentalists, HIV/AIDS organizations, and religious organizations joined together to call President Bush today to demand that he reinstate critical funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....

6/10/2004 - US Withdraws Funding From Kenyan Clinics Providing Post-Abortion Care
Seven Kenyan clinics that provide post-abortion care and support safe abortion have been forced to close due to United States funding withdrawal....

4/5/2004 - Maloney Introduces Afghan Women Security and Freedom Act 2004
Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), with Representatives Tom Davis (R-VA) and Corrine Brown (D-FL) introduced the "Afghan Women Security and Freedom Act 2004." The act (HR 4117) authorizes $300 million for each of the fiscal years 2005, 2006, and 2007....

3/29/2004 - Afghanistan's Elections Postponed Because of Security Concerns
The first post-Taliban elections in Afghanistan, which were scheduled to take place in June, have been postponed until September....

2/27/2004 - Security Concerns May Delay Afghan Elections, US May Arm Militias
Elections in Afghanistan that were planned for June may be postponed due to increased security threats....