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3/29/2004 - Afghanistan's Elections Postponed Because of Security Concerns
The first post-Taliban elections in Afghanistan, which were scheduled to take place in June, have been postponed until September....

2/18/2004 - Portuguese Women Acquitted In Abortion Case
Seventeen people, including seven women who were accused of undergoing illegal abortions in Portugal, were acquitted yesterday of breaking Portugal's strict abortion laws....

1/28/2004 - Boxer Introduces Afghan Women Security and Freedom Act 2004
Before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Afghanistan's stabilization and reconstruction, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announced her introduction of the "Afghan Women Security and Freedom Act 2004." The act authorizes $300 million for each of the fiscal years 2005, 2006, and 2007, earmarking $20 million for the Afghan Ministry of Women's Affairs and $10 million for the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission each year. This act calls for direct funding for the Ministry of Women's Affairs, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, and Afghan women's organizations....

1/28/2004 - Saudi Cleric Condemns Calls For Women's Rights
Saudi Arabia's religious authority has denounced calls for greater women's rights, asserting that greater rights violate Islamic teachings....

1/16/2004 - Iraq's Governing Council Puts Family Law Under Islamic Law
The US-backed Iraqi Governing Council has outraged Iraqi women because of its recent vote to cancel current family laws and to place family law under the jurisdiction of Islamic (sharia) law....

12/16/2003 - Women Delegates Protest Loya Jirga Voting Process, One Woman Elected
Women delegates at Afghanistan's Loya Jirga, grand council, are protesting that their male colleagues are trying to shut them out of leadership positions and that the men treat the women like second-class citizens....

10/28/2003 - Threats Surface Against Afghan Women at Foreign NGOs
The Taliban has issued death threats against Afghan women working for foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs)....

8/15/2003 - Over 50 People Killed in Afghanistan; UN Envoy Urges the ISAF Expansion
Afghanistan this week has experienced its most violent 24-hour period in nearly a year....

8/8/2003 - Afghanistan: Troubles Persist, NATO to Assume Control of ISAF
As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) readies to take control of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday, Afghanistan continues to struggle amidst growing attacks on aid workers and law enforcement officers in its provinces....

7/31/2003 - Iraq: Appointment of Female Judge Blocked
The swearing-in of Najaf's first female judge has been indefinitely delayed after backlash from Islamic clerics and Iraqi lawyers....

7/29/2003 - Nigerian Women Stage Peaceful Protest
A group of 80 Nigerian village women, ranging from 25 to 60 years old, took over a Shell Oil pipeline station last week in a peaceful demonstration, reiterating calls for employment opportunities, infrastructural development, and microcredit lending programs from the multinational corporation....

4/3/2003 - Humanitarian Aid Needed for Iraqi Women
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is asking international donors for $5 million to address the specific needs of women in Iraq for the next six months, the BBC reports....

3/11/2003 - Security, Education Top Priorities for Afghan Women
Women participating in a videoconference today from Kabul, Afghanistan, listed security and education as the top two priorities for Afghan women, even as several local officials and a translator were killed in explosions in Kabul and Kandahar....

1/6/2003 - Deportation Stayed, African Immigrant Woman Avoids Possible Genital Mutilation
The US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay last Friday to Philomena Nwaokolo, a Nigerian immigrant living in Dallas who argued that she and her 3-year-old daughter would face the tortures of female genital mutilation (FGM) if they were deported....

10/21/2002 - Developing Countries Face a Shortage of Condoms
A new report shows that there is a shortage of condoms being donated from richer countries to poorer countries, with a current supply that is about one tenth of whats needed, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....

3/6/2002 - FMF Celebrates Womens History Month
To commemorate Womens History Month this March, Feminist Majority Foundtation is presenting an entire month of special programming with our sister sites, www.FeministCampus.org and www.MsMagazine.com, with speakers, contests, and actions....

10/16/2001 - Powell Considers Post-Taliban Afghanistan
Secretary of State Colin Powell met with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to discuss, among other issues, the future of Afghanistan if the Taliban is ousted as a result of the U.S.-led war on terrorism....