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6/25/2014 - House Committee Approves Extending Abortion Coverage to Peace Corps Volunteers
The House Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal year 2015 State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations bill yesterday with an amendment to remove a provision banning the Peace Corps from funding abortions for its volunteers, even in cases of rape or incest. Unlike other employees with federal health care plans - including Peace Corps employees - Peace Corps volunteers currently do not have access to abortion coverage even in cases of rape, incest, or endangered health or life....

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....

8/7/2007 - Museum Celebrates 100 Years of Political Rights for Finnish Women
Beginning today, the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum in Washington, DC, in tandem with the National Council of Women in Finland, will celebrate 100 years of full political rights for women in Finland....

11/15/2006 - South Africa Close to Legalizing Gay Marriage
The South African National Assembly voted 230-41 on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage on Tuesday, making it the first country in Africa to do so....

7/7/2005 - China Introduces Revised Law to Improve Women's Rights
Chinese lawmakers have submitted a draft amendment to the country's Law on Women's Rights Protection, first passed in 1992, to strengthen its equality provisions for women....

6/27/2005 - Ashley Judd Connects HIV/AIDS Prevention to Women's Empowerment
Ashley Judd, a well-known actor and feminist activist, testified at a recent Congressional hearing on the urgent need to address issues of gender equality in the fight against HIV/AIDS in developing countries....

3/1/2005 - Womens Rights Leaders Call on US to Reaffirm Historic Platform
Leading women's rights and human rights leaders are calling on the Bush Administration to reaffirm the historic women's rights platform that is currently being reviewed at the United Nations....

2/25/2004 - Leadership Choices:Win a Seat at the Table
Gender affects public opinion, decision-making, voting behavior, and political involvement at all levels national, local and on campuses....

5/22/2002 - Senators, Women Leaders Call for Increased Security, Funding for Afghanistan
Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Harry Reid (D-NV) joined Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal, NOW President Kim Gandy, National Council of Womens Organizations Executive Director Martha Burk, Equality Now President Jessica Neuwirth, V-Day Founder Eve Ensler, Gloria Steinem, and Zieba Shorish-Shamley of the Women's Alliance for Peace and Human Rights in Afghanistan in calling on President Bush to expand the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan and increase funding for Afghan reconstruction....

10/25/2001 - Women Senators Step Up Fight for Afghan Women
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) successfully won passage of an amendment to the Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill calling for the inclusion of Afghan women in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, giving women a voice in the establishment of a new Afghan government....

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....