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8/7/2014 - US-Africa Leaders Summit Closes With Funding Commitments and Focus on Women
After three days of unprecedented meetings between the US and leaders from nearly 50 African countries, the US Africa Leaders Summit ended Wednesday....

4/17/2014 - Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights
India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs. "All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court....

2/28/2014 - Female Afghan Parliamentarian Speaks Out About Women's Progress in Afghanistan
Fawzia Koofi, a female member of the Afghan parliament, published an open letter this week to American women, urging them to continue standing shoulder-to-shoulder with women in Afghanistan. Koofi's letter, entitled "A Letter to My American Sisters," dispels the media myth that women's lives have not improved since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001....

2/13/2014 - One Billion People Worldwide Will Rise for Justice Tomorrow
Millions of people will rise for justice tomorrow for One Billion Rising's global V-Day events, including a rally in Washington, DC. One Billion Rising "is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice - courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not....

11/15/2013 - Report Shows Growing Global Commitment to Family Planning
A report released Wednesday by Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), "a global partnership that supports the rights of women and girls to decide, freely, and for themselves, whether, when, and how many children they want to have," details successes and progress made in international commitments to improving family planning since the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning....

11/11/2013 - UN Reports: Women's Access to and Control of Land Protects Human Rights
Two recently released United Nations reports emphasize the importance of women's access to and control over land to their ability to protect human rights. Released today, the report Realizing Women's Rights to Land and Other Productive Resources shows how women's right to land is directly linked to food security, sustainable development, economic empowerment, and protection against HIV/AIDS....

11/6/2013 - Kenya Faces Condom Shortage
Kenya faces a condom shortage next month if Kenyan and international leaders do not work fast to obtain more....

10/31/2013 - Over 7 Million Births to Girls in the Developing World Each Year
Twenty thousand girls under age 18 give birth every day in the developing world, adding up to 7.3 million births each year....

10/10/2013 - Registration to Run in Afghanistan Elections Closed This Week
Registration wrapped up on October 6 for both the Afghanistan presidential and provincial council elections....

9/27/2013 - Afghanistan Holds First Social Media Summit
Afghanistan held its first social media summit this week in Kabul, the first in a three-part project....

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....

7/9/2013 - LGBT and HIV-Positive Somali Refugees Fear Return Home
Many gay, lesbian, and HIV-positive Somali refugees now fear persecution, jail, and even death sentences upon their return home after fleeing to Kenya to avoid harsh punishmentsharsh punishments under Sharia law....

2/14/2013 - Royal Canadian Mounted Police Under Scrutiny For Abuse of Aboriginal Women
In a report released on Wednesday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) found that many aboriginal women in British Columbia have been the victims of discrimination, aggressive use of police force, and even sexual assault by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The report, titled "Those Who Take Us Away," features in depth interviews with 50 aboriginal women along the "Highway of Tears" in British Columbia where numerous aboriginal women have gone missing or have been murdered....

11/26/2012 - UN Declares Contraception a Human Right
In its annual report released on November 14th, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) declared that it will now consider contraception a global human right....

11/14/2012 - Woman Denied Abortion Dies in Ireland
Savita Halappanavar died last month in Ireland after she was denied an abortion while miscarrying her pregnancy....

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....

10/14/2011 - Nigerian Government Petitions for Increased Advocacy for Women's Rights
Recently, Education as Vaccine, a Nigerian organization, petitioned the Ministry of Women Affairs to adopt a more aggressive stance on women's rights issues in the country....

9/2/2011 - Study Shows Contraception Key in World of Seven Billion
A new Guttmacher study, entitled "The World at Seven Billion: Global Milestone a Reflection of Individual Needs," found that empowering women and couples is imperative to addressing the economic, developmental, environmental, and social challenges that will be present when the world's population reaches seven billion....

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....

7/11/2011 - World Population Day
In honor of World Population Day today, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), together with National Geographic, IBM, and SAP, launched the 7 Billion Action Campaign, which will run through October 31 when the world population is expected to exceed 7 billion....

8/3/2010 - African Women's Day Celebrated Worldwide
African Women's Day Celebrated Worldwide This weekend, July 31st, was Africa Women's Day, as mandated by the African Union 48 years ago....

7/27/2010 - Russia Elects First Black Politician
Jean Gregoire Sagbo, a 48-year-old from West Africa, became the first black to be elected to office in Russia last month....

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....

7/1/2010 - New Survey Finds Widespread Gender Inequity, Despite Support for Equality
A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project in association with the International Herald Tribune recently found that while global support for gender equality is high, gender inequalities still exist in many countries....

3/9/2010 - International Women's Day Honored by Obamas, Solis
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis were among those in the US government who honored International Women's Day yesterday. Among her remarks, Michelle Obama said, "We're here today not just to pay tribute to leaders and icons and household names...we honor the women who traveled those lonely roads to be the first ones in those courtrooms, to be the first ones in those boardrooms, to be the first ones on those playing fields, and to be the first ones on those battlefields." She continued and said we must "recommit ourselves to carrying on their work for our own daughters and granddaughters, and also for our sons and our grandsons too." President Obama listed a number of his administration's achievements within international women's issued, including "pursuing a global health strategy that makes important investments in child and maternal health," sponsoring "a UN resolution to increase protection for women and girls in conflict-torn countries," creating "the first Office of Global Women's Issues at the State Department," "investing $18 million to combat the unconscionable cruelties being committed against girls and women in the Democratic Republic of Congo," and more....