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5/24/2002 - International Commission Finds Sudanese Government Abetting Slavery
An international commission led by former US Agency for International Development (USAID) Director Penn Kemble released a report on Wednesday confirming the Sudanese governments continued abetment of slavery, despite formal denial of the practice and ratification of numerous international treaties outlawing it....

5/22/2002 - Eleanor Smeal Urges President to Fulfill Promise to Afghan Women
Womens Rights Leader Calls for Increased Security, Funding for Afghanistan WASHINGTON, DC Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal called on the Bush administration today to expand security forces and increase funding for reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan....

5/22/2002 - Senators, Women Leaders Call for Increased Security, Funding for Afghanistan
Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Harry Reid (D-NV) joined Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal, NOW President Kim Gandy, National Council of Womens Organizations Executive Director Martha Burk, Equality Now President Jessica Neuwirth, V-Day Founder Eve Ensler, Gloria Steinem, and Zieba Shorish-Shamley of the Women's Alliance for Peace and Human Rights in Afghanistan in calling on President Bush to expand the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan and increase funding for Afghan reconstruction....

5/15/2002 - House Republicans Aim to Stop Release of UNFPA Funds
Congressman Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) has threatened to introduce an amendment to the emergency appropriations bill that would give the president discretion over how much, if any, of the $34 million appropriated to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will be released during the 2002 fiscal year....

5/2/2002 - Mexico Legislature Votes to Increase Female Candidates
Mexicos legislators approved a bill Tuesday requiring that women comprise at least 30 percent of each political partys nominations....

4/29/2002 - Hollywood Squares Helps Afghan Women
Many of the brightest women stars in film, television, and music gathered on the set of host Whoopi Goldbergs "Hollywood Squares" game show to tape a weeks worth of programs to benefit the Feminist Majority Foundations (FMF) Campaign to Help Afghan Women and Girls....

4/22/2002 - Motive for Vatican Meeting on Child Sex Abuse Questioned
Cardinals from across the United States are set to meet at the Vatican this week to discuss pedophilia in the Roman Catholic Church....

4/18/2002 - Bush Calls for Marshall Plan for Afghanistan Despite Lack of Peace Troops, Aid
Speaking yesterday at the Virginia Military Institute, President Bush called for the establishment of a Marshall Plan, like the one put into place for Europe and Japan after World War II, for Afghanistan to help ensure true peace in the war-torn country....

4/11/2002 - UN, Afghanistan Make Plea for International Aid to Help Ensure National Security
Afghan Interim Prime Minister Hamid Karzai and United Nations special envoy to Afghanistan Lakhdar Brahimi called on the international community yesterday to release aid money pledged for Afghanistans reconstruction in January in order to fund a national security force in the country....

3/1/2002 - Nepalese Push for More Liberal Abortion Laws
Six Nepalese women die each day from botched illegal abortions according to Panos, an international non-profit organization focusing on the developing world....

1/23/2002 - Sex Industry Targets Chinese Women for Trafficking
The New York-based organization Human Rights in China reports that as many as 10,000 Chinese women per year are being trafficked into Southeast Asia and forced to join the sex industry or work as laborers under sweatshop conditions in factories or on farms....

1/22/2002 - Afghanistan Moving Towards Womens Rights
At the encouragement of Afghan interim Prime Minister Hamid Karzai, Afghan women have returned to work in the ministries of the Afghan interim government without wearing their burqas....

1/14/2002 - Biden Calls for Immediate Delivery of Aid for Afghan Reconstruction
Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for an immediate infusion of funds into Afghanistan to facilitate the reconstruction process....

1/14/2002 - Bush Denies Release of Funds for International Family Planning
President Bush placed a temporary hold on $34 million intended for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as part of a foreign aid appropriations bill the President signed last Thursday....

12/21/2001 - Sex Trafficking Estimated at $9 Billion Per Year
As the Second World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children came to a close, a senior Interpol official estimated that worldwide trafficking of people, including women and children for prostitution, is worth $9 billion a year....

12/10/2001 - Senate Votes for Anti-International Criminal Court Amendment
The Senate voted 78-21 in favor of adopting an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Act that would block the United States from participating in the International Criminal Court (ICC)....

11/29/2001 - House Targets Sale of Illegal Blood Diamonds
The U.S....

11/14/2001 - Irish Board Approves Emergency Contraception
The Irish Medicines Board (IMB) has approved Levonelle, an emergency contraceptive pill, after determining that the pill is not an abortifacient....

11/8/2001 - Womens Empowerment Essential to Controlling World Population, Alleviating Poverty
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released a new report finding that empowering women and enabling them to control their fertility and reproduction are key to ensuring better environmental conditions and a decrease in global poverty....

11/2/2001 - Senate to Consider Bill for Afghan Women
The U.S....

10/25/2001 - Women Senators Step Up Fight for Afghan Women
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) successfully won passage of an amendment to the Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill calling for the inclusion of Afghan women in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, giving women a voice in the establishment of a new Afghan government....

10/18/2001 - Taliban Raids UN Food Warehouses
Taliban soldiers on Tuesday seized United Nations World Food Program warehouses in Kandahar and Kabul....

10/10/2001 - Congressional Testimony of E. Smeal on the Plight of Afghan Women - Part II
<< Part I We applaud the work of the United Nations agencies, especially the World Food Program, in Afghanistan....

10/4/2001 - President Gives $320 Million in Afghan Aid; Biden Calls for $1 Billion
President Bush today announced $295 million in new humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and Afghan refugees, making his total aid package $320 million....

10/3/2001 - Heroin Trafficking Finances Taliban and Terrorism
Production of heroin in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan provides the Taliban with its main source of revenue that is then diverted to terrorist networks inside of the country, including Osama bin Ladens al Qaeda network....