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9/6/2013 - Multi-Million Dollar Program Announced to Support Afghan Women's Political Participation
Enhancing women's political participation is at the forefront of preparation for Afghanistan's next set of presidential and provincial elections....

10/24/2011 - Report Shows Abortion Frequent in Tehran
According to a study by Amir Erfani, entitled "Induced Abortion in Tehran, Iran: Estimated Rates and Correlates," many women in Tehran obtain abortions, despite Iran's highly restrictive abortion laws....

7/11/2011 - UN Women Lacks Necessary Funding
Six months after the creation of UN Women (UNW), a special agency for women started by the United Nations, the agency lacks the voluntary funding necessary to complete its 2011-2013 Strategic Plan, to assist countries in achieving gender equality and women's empowerment. Initially, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had set a 500 million dollar target as an annual budget for UNW, but the agency has only received around 80 million dollars....

7/20/2010 - Vaginal Gel May Defend Against HIV and Herpes
A new vaginal gel has been developed that appears to help reduce a woman's risk of acquiring HIV or herpes....

4/21/2009 - Catholic Church Opposes British Contraceptive Program Trial
A pilot contraceptives program under development in England has already drawn criticism from the Catholic Church....

2/12/2007 - Portugal Abortion Referendum Fails, Government Moves to Legalize
After a referendum on Portugal's strict abortion laws failed due to low voter turn-out, the country's Socialist government has announced that it will work to legalize abortion in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy....

11/14/2006 - Tribal Elders Work to Reopen Schools in Southern Afghanistan
Over 20 schools have reopened in the southern Afghanistan province of Helmand after being demolished by the Taliban insurgency, IRIN, a UN newswire, reported last week....

11/1/2006 - Womens Rights Activists Targeted in Iraq, Saudi Arabia
Women's rights advocates in Iraq and Saudi Arabia have been the target of misogynistic violence and political oppression, respectively, in the past week....

10/23/2006 - Rectifying Sexual Violence Still a Major Concern in Liberia
Despite a major anti-rape law implemented in Liberia early this year, a United Nations report found that progress has been slow in abolishing sexual and gender-based violence due to flaws in the judicial system....

7/7/2006 - Portuguese Court Charges Doctor, Women for Illegal Abortions
A Portuguese Court of Appeals charged a doctor and his assistant on Tuesday with providing illegal abortions....

1/18/2006 - Africa's First Elected Woman Leader Sworn In as President of Liberia
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was sworn in as the president of Liberia on Monday, making her the first democratically elected female head of state in Africa....

1/3/2006 - Afghan Women's Rights Editor Released From Prison
Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, the editor of a women's rights magazine in Afghanistan, has been released from prison....

11/28/2005 - Saudi Women Vote in First Election with Female Candidates
Seventeen women ran as candidates in the election for the board of directors of the Jiddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, making it the first time women have been on a ballot in Saudi Arabia....

8/29/2005 - Iraq Constitution 'Big Disappointment' for Women
Iraq's draft constitution was finalized on Sunday and will be sent to voters for a nationwide referendum to be held in six weeks....

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....

4/25/2005 - Afghan Woman Reportedly Stoned to Death
Mixed reports are circulating that an Afghan woman was stoned to death for reportedly committing adultery in the northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan....

3/22/2005 - Hundreds of Germans Protest Honor Killings in Their Communities
Hundred of protesters marched through Berlin's Turkish community at the beginning of March to protest the rise in so-called honor killings....

2/15/2005 - Karzai to Appoint First Female Governor in Afghanistan
Afghan President Hamid Karzai will appoint a female provincial governor for the first time in Afghanistan's history....

10/28/2004 - Vatican Issues a Handbook Denouncing Same-Sex Marriage and Abortion
The Vatican recently released a handbook on the teachings of the Catholic Church that denounces abortion and same-sex marriage....

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....

9/1/2004 - Republican Party Openly Woos Women at RNC
Last night at the Republican National Convention, Laura Bush, in an obvious appeal to women voters, stated that the Taliban has been removed from Afghanistan, allowing girls to go to school, and women to work....

8/25/2004 - Women on Waves Sparks Renewed Debate on Abortion in Portugal
As reported earlier this week, Women on Waves set sail on Monday for to bring attention to the nation's restrictive abortion policies....

6/15/2004 - Conference on Women's Rights Sparks Debate in Saudi Arabia
Sixty Saudi Arabian academics met this past weekend at the first government-sponsored conference on women's issues to discuss women's rights, roles, and education....

6/3/2004 - Only Six Women Appointed to Iraqi Interim Government
Iraq's newly appointed Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi, earlier this week announced the names of the US-backed interim government that will begin June 30....

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....