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5/28/2008 - Report Finds Evidence of Child Abuse by Aid Workers
A report released Tuesday by Save the Children UK states that children living in conflict-effected zones are being sexually abused by international humanitarian aid workers and UN peacekeepers....

5/6/2008 - Malaysia Rejects Plans of Travel Restrictions for Women
The Malaysian government rejected a proposal on Monday that would require women traveling outside of the country to have a letter from their parents or employers verifying the women's reasons for traveling....

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....

9/13/2007 - Japanese Prime Minister Who Denied Military�s Role in Forced Prostitution Resigns
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resigned Wednesday, just three days after the start of the country�s parliamentary sessions....

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....

3/8/2007 - Young Girls Speak, are Focus of 51st Meeting on Status of Women
Over 6,000 women and men from around the world gathered in New York for the 51st annual meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women....

9/7/2006 - UNFPA Releases 2006 State of the World Report
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released its 2006 State of the World Population report yesterday in a morning briefing in Washington, DC, emphasizing the importance of women's issues and international migration....

8/3/2006 - Pakistan to Consider Amending Rape Laws
The Pakistani parliament will consider and likely approve a bill that would ease overly strict restrictions applied under Islamic law that make it nearly impossible to prove a woman has been raped....

7/24/2006 - Kenya Toughens Law on Sexual Predators
A new law in Kenya has created stricter punishments for rapists and sexual predators, but has failed to criminalize marital rape and female genital mutilation....

6/7/2006 - UN Declaration on HIV/AIDS Addresses Feminization of the Epidemic
After some concern that the United Nations High-Level Meeting on AIDS, held last week in New York City, would not address the importance of empowering women and girls in the fight to stem the AIDS pandemic, the Political Declaration agreed upon explicitly confronts the issue several times....

5/15/2006 - Germany Responds to Fears of Sex Trafficking during World Cup
Amidst fears of an increase in sex trafficking surrounding the World Cup, German authorities led a crackdown on illegal prostitution last week....

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....

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....

8/17/2005 - Nonprofit Sues US Government for Basing Grants on Opposition to Prostitution
DKT International, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent HIV/AIDS worldwide, has sued the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for its retraction of a grant when DKT refused to sign a pledge opposing sex work....

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....

5/6/2005 - Brazil Takes a Stand Against US AIDS Policy
Brazil declined $40 million of US funds to fight AIDS, making it the first country to take a stand against the Bush Administration's AIDS policy requiring recipients to sign a pledge opposing prostitution....

3/16/2005 - Japan's Travel Industry Signs Accord Against Child Sex Tourism
Japan's travel industry signed a code of conduct against child sex tourism in an attempt to stop the practice by Japanese clients in Southeast Asia....

2/22/2005 - Japan Makes Effort to Crack Down on Sex Trafficking
The Japanese government, which has been known to have lax anti-trafficking policies, is making final edits to a new law that will make trafficking illegal in Japan....

1/10/2005 - Female Victims of Tsunami Face Violence and Threats to Health
Local women's organizations in tsunami-affected areas are reporting violence, including rape, against women and girls....

10/7/2004 - No Gains For African Women Since Beijing Summit
During a recent forum convened by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, an announcement was made that African women have not made gains since the Beijing Summit ten years ago....

9/23/2004 - Pentagon Hopes to Limit Sex Trafficking with New Rule Against Solicitation
US service members convicted of soliciting a prostitute could face dishonorable discharge and up to one year in prison if a proposed change to the Uniform Code of Military Justice is made law....

8/20/2004 - Countries in Southeastern Europe Unite to Fend Off Sex Traffickers
Thirteen countries in Southeastern Europe have come together in recent months to combine efforts against sex trafficking....

5/27/2004 - Trafficked Victim Allowed to Remain in US
A Mexican woman who served 22 years in prison for the murder of the man who bought and raped her in 1976 was released and allowed to remain in the United States after pressure from various human rights group and members of Congress....

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....

3/22/2004 - Huge Shortage of Girls in China
The United Nations (UN) has reported that China will face a huge shortage of girls that will cause major problems for China's family and social stability if the trend is not changed....