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6/12/2015 - New Nigerian Law Forbids Bans Genital Mutilation
Last month outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed a law formally banning female genital mutilation (FGM)....

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....

6/23/2014 - Senate Subcommittee to Tackle Violence Against Women Globally
Engaging the US in the global fight to end gender-based violence will take center stage tomorrow as part of a Senate subcommittee hearing aimed at fully combating violence and discrimination against women worldwide. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chair of the Senate Foreign RelationsSubcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women's Issues hearingwill preside over the hearing at which several women Senators will testify, including Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Patty Murray (D-WA). The Senate Subcommittee hearing will focus on how the US and the international community can work to prevent violence against women, promote women's rights, and empower women and girls globally....

5/7/2014 - Beverly Hills City Council Condemns Brunei Penal Code
The Beverly Hills City Council voted unanimously yesterday to approve a resolution urging Brunei to divest its ownership of the Beverly Hills Hotel and condemning the Southeast Asian nation's brutal new "kill-a-gay" and "flog-a-woman" penal code. "The City of Beverly Hills strongly condemns the government of Brunei as well as other governments which engage in similar policies for adopting laws that impose extreme and inhumane penalties including execution by stoning, flogging and severing of limbs," the resolution says....

5/5/2014 - Boko Haram Leader Admits to Mass Kidnapping in Nigeria, Declares Intent to Sell Girls
The alleged leader of militant insurgency group Boko Haram admitted in a new video obtained by Agence France-Presse to kidnapping over 200 Nigerian girls on April 14 - and also declared his intentions to sell them "on the market." "I abducted your girls," Abubakar Shekau is quoted by CNN's translators as declaring in the 57-minute video....

2/18/2014 - Uganda President To Sign Anti-Gay Legislation
The president of Uganda, Yoweni Museveni, released a statement Saturday saying he planned to sign the sweeping Anti-Homosexuality Bill that passed the nation's parliament in December. The bill was originally introduced in 2009 with a death penalty provision for some "homosexual acts," but it was delayed because of international uproar and the threat of a loss of aid from several nations....

11/15/2013 - Report Shows Growing Global Commitment to Family Planning
A report released Wednesday by Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), "a global partnership that supports the rights of women and girls to decide, freely, and for themselves, whether, when, and how many children they want to have," details successes and progress made in international commitments to improving family planning since the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning....

10/31/2013 - Over 7 Million Births to Girls in the Developing World Each Year
Twenty thousand girls under age 18 give birth every day in the developing world, adding up to 7.3 million births each year....

9/27/2013 - Afghanistan Holds First Social Media Summit
Afghanistan held its first social media summit this week in Kabul, the first in a three-part project....

2/28/2012 - Girls Learn International Delegates at UN Commission on Status of Women
A delegation of 20 high school and middle school student leaders of Girls Learn International chapters from across the country, together with 25 parents, teachers, GLI Board members and staff are participating in six full days of workshops, panels and presentations in and around the U.N....

12/9/2011 - Indian NGOs Release First Statement Supporting Midwives
At a regional midwifery workshop in New Delhi, hosted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), multilateral, bilateral, and international NGOs released the first-ever joint statement indicating their commitment to scaling up efforts for "adapting, disseminating, and implementing the confederation's global standards of education, regulation, and professional association," for midwifery....

10/3/2011 - Abortion Rates Rise in Africa with Global Gag Rule Enforcement
A study conducted by Stanford researchers, Eran Bendavid and Grant Miller, revealed that when the Global Gag Rule was in effect, rates of abortion increased in Africa....

7/29/2011 - House Bill Would Slash Foreign Family Planning, Reimpose Gag Rule
The House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee voted to cut IFP funding by $154 million for FY2010 and expand the Global Gag Rule, banning funding for family planning programs in developing countries that counsel or provide information to women or advocate on a full range of options, including abortion....

7/30/2010 - Senate Votes to Permanently Repeal Global Gag Rule
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of an amendment to permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule yesterday....

6/2/2010 - Imprisoned Malawian Gay Couple Pardoned, Released
A Malawian couple who had been sentenced to 14 years of hard labor for being gay was released Saturday after a presidential pardon....

3/18/2010 - Canada's Foreign Aid Plan Will Not Include Birth Control
Canadian government officials stated this week that their initiative to save the lives of women and children in developing nations will not include family planning supplies or services of any sort....

7/10/2009 - Senate Moves on Permanently Banning Global Gag Rule
The Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to the foreign aid appropriations bill yesterday that would permanently ban the Global Gag Rule....

3/10/2009 - Australia Global Gag Rule Lifted
The Australian government announced a decision yesterday to repeal a foreign aid ban that mirrored the Global Gag rule in the US....

1/23/2009 - Victory for Women! Global Gag Rule Repealed
The Feminist Majority applauds President Barack Obama for issuing an executive order today that repeals the Global Gag Rule....

6/10/2008 - Australia Considers Lifting Abortion Gag Rule
The Australian government is considering lifting its restriction on foreign aid that prohibits groups receiving funds from Australia from providing abortion counseling, services or training....

5/1/2008 - Ms. Magazine Forum Raises Awareness on International Family Planning
Ms Magazine held a forum at the National Press Club on Wednesday to raise awareness for the effort to increase funding for international family planning to $1 billion in the Foreign Operations Appropriations Act....

1/23/2008 - Lethal Consequences of Global Gag Rule in Kenya
The Global Gag Rule prohibits family planning programs receiving US federal funds from speaking about or counseling on abortion....

1/11/2008 - Women's Organizations Host Feminist Economic Justice Summit
The NOW Foundation, the National Council of Negro Women and the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) will convene the 2008 Economic Justice Summit In Atlanta, Georgia April 10-12....

8/27/2007 - Maloney Proposes Global Women's Rights Office
In honor of Women's Equality Day (August 26), Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has announced that when the House reconvenes this fall, she will introduce a bill to equip the US government to advocate for global women's rights....

4/20/2007 - Unsafe, Illegal Abortion Leading Cause of Gynecological Emergencies in Kenya
A new study conducted in Kenya found that complications from unsafe, illegal abortions accounted for 43 percent of all gynecological emergency hospital admissions....