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12/7/2009 - France Considering Gender-Based Business Quotas
A bill introduced in the French parliament last week would require all companies on the Paris Stock Exchange to ensure that 50 percent of their board members are women by 2015....

11/6/2009 - Pakistan Passes Stronger Sexual Harassment Penalties
Pakistan's National Assembly passed a law increasing the penalty for sexual harassment yesterday....

11/4/2009 - UN Climate Change Talks Face Obstacles
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said Tuesday that rich countries will have to pledge more than the $100 billion per year currently on the table if negotiations on a climate change treaty are to be successful at the United Nations Climate Change Conference next month in Copenhagen....

10/29/2009 - Swiss Fund to Support Firms with Female Directors
Swiss investment company Naissance Capital has announced it will launch a fund to invest in firms with women board members and to encourage other firms to increase gender diversity among company leadership....

10/22/2009 - Protesters Clash Over Proposed Peru Abortion Law Change
As a Peruvian congressional committee met Tuesday to review a bill allowing limited exceptions to the country's ban on abortion, hundreds of protestors both for and against the measure demonstrated outside....

9/28/2009 - Japanese Women May Be Allowed to Keep Maiden Names
The Democratic Party of Japan plans to introduce a bill as early as next year that would allow women to keep their maiden names after marriage....

9/21/2009 - Medical Journal Indicates Birth Control Access Could Impact Climate Change
The Lancet, a British Medical Journal, published an editorial last week that indicates increased access to birth control could slow population growth, thereby hampering climate change....

9/17/2009 - Yemeni Embassy Responds to Child Bride's Death
The Yemeni Embassy in Washington, DC is responding to media coverage of the death of a 12-year-old child bride last week....

9/8/2009 - Berlin Conference Issues Call to Action
The NGO Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Development held in Berlin last week issued a Berlin Call to Action urging immediate and international action to improve women's health and access to resources....

8/20/2009 - Bahamas Proposal to Ban Marital Rape Sparks Controversy
A bill in the Bahamian legislature that would criminalize marital rape has sparked public debate....

7/30/2009 - UK Wage Gap Persists
The Women and Work Commission published a report yesterday citing an increase in the wage gap in the UK....

7/15/2009 - Capitol Hill Briefing Highlights Maternal Health in Afghanistan
Congresswomen and global health administrators held a briefing on Capitol Hill Tuesday to highlight the issue of maternal health in Afghanistan....

7/10/2009 - Senate Moves on Permanently Banning Global Gag Rule
The Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to the foreign aid appropriations bill yesterday that would permanently ban the Global Gag Rule....

6/18/2009 - House Subcommittee Approves Increase in International Family Planning Funding
The House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee for State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee yesterday approved the single largest increase ever in funding for international family planning and reproductive health programs....

6/15/2009 - Legislation to Eliminate Child Marriage Passed in House of Representatives
The International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2009, an initiative to end child marriage in developing countries, passed in the House of Representatives on a 235-187 vote last week as part of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act. According to Betty McCollum (D-MN), author of the original bill, the legislation affirms that "child marriage is a human rights violation that undermines America's investments in foreign assistance to improve women's and girl's education, health, and economic status." McCollum's original bill, which is adapted in Section 1111 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, calls for the Secretary of State, acting on behalf of the President, to research the ongoing practice of child marriage and develop a strategy to address it. Child marriage remains a common practice in rural and impoverished areas in many countries, with 100 million girls expected to marry in the next ten years, according to the United Nations Population Fund....

4/27/2009 - Dominican Republic Legislature Approves Bill Outlawing Abortion
A bill that would ban all abortion in the Dominican Republic was approved by the country's Revisory Assembly last week....

4/14/2009 - Controversial Afghan Law will not be Implemented, Ambassador Says
Afghan Ambassador to the US Said Jawad said this past weekend that a new Shia family law that would severely restrict women's rights signed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai sometime last month will not go into effect. The Ambassador told Bloomberg that "it will not become the law because it contradicts some important principles of the Afghan constitution." Karzai, according to news sources, signed the bill to court the Hazara vote in the upcoming presidential election. According to Jawad, Karzai signed the law without being aware of all of its provisions and has sent the likely unconstitutional law to be reviewed by the Afghan Ministry of Justice and the Afghan Supreme Court....

4/14/2009 - Washington State Legislature Approves CEDAW
The Washington state legislature approved a measure last week urging the US Senate to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the 1979 treaty that bans gender discrimination....

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....

3/12/2009 - Obama Restores US Funding of UNFPA by Signing Omnibus Spending Bill
President Obama signed the 2009 fiscal year omnibus spending bill yesterday, which included a provision allotting $50 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....

3/6/2009 - Anti-United Nations Population Fund Amendment Defeated in Senate
An amendment to the 2009 fiscal year omnibus spending bill currently under debate that would have removed funds designated for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) from the bill was defeated yesterday....

2/23/2009 - Spain Moves Towards Abortion Law Reform
A Spanish parliamentary committee approved a report on reform of Spain's restrictive abortion laws last week that recommends the legalization of first trimester abortions....

12/8/2008 - Abortion Rift Leads Uruguayan President to Resign from Socialist Party
Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez resigned from the Socialist party last week after disagreement with the party over abortion legislation that he vetoed in November....

11/26/2008 - Czech Republic Proposes Bill to Extend Abortion Serves to EU Citizens
A new bill was just approved unanimously by the Czech Republic cabinet that would extend abortion privileges and other health services to all European Union (EU) citizens....