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2/11/2014 - UN Human Rights Chief Calls for Gender Integration in Post-2015 Goals
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, called for gender equality to be comprehensively included in the UN's post-2015 goals yesterday at the opening of the 57th Session of Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). "We believe there should be a stand-alone goal or goals on equality and non-discrimination that addresses all kinds of discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of sex," said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. In 2000, the UN announced its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -- to reduce hunger and poverty, combat maternal and infant mortality, and provide access to universal education and health, among other goals -- all to be accomplished by the end of 2015....

5/21/2012 - Open Letter to Obama, Karzai Urges Women's Inclusion in Afghanistan Talks
Amnesty International issued an open letter to President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai at their "Shadow Summit" Saturday urging both leaders to safeguard women's rights....

11/4/2011 - Senate Hearing on Women and Arab Spring Includes Discussion of CEDAW
The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a joint subcommittee hearing on Wednesday on Women and the Arab Spring....

10/1/2010 - UNICEF Releases Report on Girls Education in Iraq
Yesterday, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) published their 2010 report about the current education situation for girls in Iraq....

3/17/2010 - Egypt Rules in Favor of Appointing Women Judges to State Council
Egypt's Constitutional Court ruled to allow the appointment of women judges to the State Council Monday....

3/9/2010 - International Women's Day Honored by Obamas, Solis
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis were among those in the US government who honored International Women's Day yesterday. Among her remarks, Michelle Obama said, "We're here today not just to pay tribute to leaders and icons and household names...we honor the women who traveled those lonely roads to be the first ones in those courtrooms, to be the first ones in those boardrooms, to be the first ones on those playing fields, and to be the first ones on those battlefields." She continued and said we must "recommit ourselves to carrying on their work for our own daughters and granddaughters, and also for our sons and our grandsons too." President Obama listed a number of his administration's achievements within international women's issued, including "pursuing a global health strategy that makes important investments in child and maternal health," sponsoring "a UN resolution to increase protection for women and girls in conflict-torn countries," creating "the first Office of Global Women's Issues at the State Department," "investing $18 million to combat the unconscionable cruelties being committed against girls and women in the Democratic Republic of Congo," and more....

2/24/2010 - US Navy to Allow Women On Submarines
The United States Navy plans to allow women on submarines for the first time, military officials announced yesterday....

1/4/2010 - Military Drops Iraq Soldier Pregnancy Policy
The United States military announced late last month that it was reversing its new policy that allowed female soldiers and their sexual partners in Iraq to be court-martialed in the event of a pregnancy....

11/10/2009 - Women Join Elite Iraqi Police Officer Corps
For the first time, 50 women graduated from Iraq's police officer training academy yesterday, alongside 1,050 male peers....

8/18/2009 - Anti-Gay Violence Skyrockets in Iraq
Human Rights Watch released a report yesterday that indicates hundreds of Iraqi gay men have been kidnapped, tortured and murdered since the beginning of 2009....

6/17/2009 - US Human Trafficking Watchlist Grows to Include 52 Countries
After the State Department issued the 2009 Human Trafficking Report yesterday, the Obama administration also released a watchlist of countries that are not taking appropriate measures to reduce and end human trafficking....

5/28/2009 - Britain Reviewing Ban on Women in Face-to-Face Combat
The British Ministry of Defense announced this week that they will review a policy barring women from serving in military positions that could require them to kill an enemy in close combat....

4/8/2009 - Afghanistan will Review New Shia Law that Restricts Women's Rights
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced this weekend that the Afghan government, specifically the minister of justice, will review a new Shia family law he signed sometime last month that would severely restrict women's rights in Afghanistan....

4/1/2009 - Afghan Women's Rights may be Severely Restricted by New Law
A new Shia family law signed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai sometime last month, but not yet published, would severely restrict women's rights in Afghanistan....

3/13/2009 - Women's Marine Team Conducts First Mission in Afghanistan
A team of all-female marines who are part of the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force in Afghanistan has conducted their first mission....

2/10/2009 - Iraq's Minister of Women's Affairs Resigns after Budget Cuts
Nawal al-Samarraie, the Iraqi Minister of Women's Affairs, resigned from her post last week largely due to lack of funds for her office....

2/3/2009 - Iraq Elections Included 4,000 Women Candidates
In Iraq's provincial elections held Saturday, 4,000 women were candidates and, as a result of an electoral quota system, women are guaranteed to win at least one third of the open seats. In a recent International Crisis Group report (see PDF) the quota system in place is described as requiring parties "to give every third seat to a female candidate on their list, although the share of seats that will ultimately be filled by women in each council will depend on the distribution of votes among parties." Candidate Nibras al-Mamuri told CNN that "although a woman's role in the Arab world is mainly that of a mother and child bearer, I want to prove that women are just as capable as men when it comes to challenging arenas.I've entered a battlefield where women have to prove they are competent....

12/2/2008 - Honor Killings Rising in Basra, Iraq
This past year, Basra, one of Iraqs largest cities, has seen the number of women murdered in honor killings nearly double....

5/7/2008 - Women's Group Holds Bike Ride for Peace across the Middle East
Hundreds of women activists are participating in a 12-day bicycle ride across the Middle East to campaign for peace....

4/8/2008 - Military Contractor in Iraq Faces More Rape Allegations
Another woman has come forward with allegations of rape by both a fellow KBR employee and a US soldier while working for KBR in Iraq....

4/1/2008 - Iraqi Women Face Increased Human Rights Violations in Post-Invasion Iraq
Iraqi women's rights are eroding instead of improving in post-invasion Iraq....

2/13/2008 - Alleged KBR Rape Victim Testifies at Another House Hearing
Jamie Leigh Jones, a former KBR employee, testified again on Tuesday at a Congressional hearing that she was drugged and gang-raped by a group of her co-workers in the Green Zone KBR camp in Iraq in 2005....

2/4/2008 - Major Report Reveals Afghanistan Faltering
The Afghan Study Group (ASG), composed of a bipartisan group of leading scholars and experts on Afghanistan, released a report yesterday stating that "the mission to stabilize Afghanistan is faltering"....

12/3/2007 - Iraqi Women Refugees Forced Into Prostitution in Syria
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have sought refuge in Syria since the US invasion of Iraq....

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....