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9/6/2006 - More Education Leads to Safer Sex and Less HIV for Girls in Africa
A recent report by Action Aid International finds that girls who are better educated begin having sex later, are more likely to use condoms, and have a decreased chance of contracting HIV....

9/6/2006 - Chile: Birth Control Free for Women Over 14
The Chilean government recently decided that contraception will be publicly available for all women over the age of 14....

8/24/2006 - Three Male Suspects Identified in Connection to Juarez Murders
A man arrested Monday in Denver on illegal immigration charges has been named by US and Mexican authorities as one of three suspects in dozens of rapes and murders in Juarez, Mexico....

8/15/2006 - South Africa: Women Celebrate Historic Women's March
In celebration of Women's Day, thousands of South African women re-enacted an historic march through South Africa's capital, Pretoria, on Wednesday....

8/10/2006 - Taliban Kills Woman and Son in Afghanistan
A woman and her son were killed Monday in Dast Mastan, Afghanistan, by Taliban militants on accusations of spying for local troops and the local government....

8/10/2006 - UN Considering New Multilateral Agency for Women
A position paper advocating the development of a multilateral UN Agency for women was submitted to a UN panel last week....

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....

7/11/2006 - Pakistan to Free More than 1,000 Women
Pakistan's President signed an amendment to a controversial Islamic law on Friday that will allow 1,300 women facing charges of adultery and other minor crimes to be released from prison on bail....

7/7/2006 - Portuguese Court Charges Doctor, Women for Illegal Abortions
A Portuguese Court of Appeals charged a doctor and his assistant on Tuesday with providing illegal abortions....

7/7/2006 - Saudi Arabian Women Gain Some Rights in Business
In Saudi Arabia, recent changes to business regulations will now allow women to launch and register businesses by themselves....

6/28/2006 - New HIV/AIDS Bill Proposes Changes to PEPFAR
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) has proposed a bill that would require all HIV programs funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to address the rapid spread of infection among women and young people....

6/16/2006 - Eastern European Womens Economic Status Plummets
The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) have released a report that examines the effects of economic transitions from state socialism to free markets on women in 18 Eastern European countries. According to the report, titled "The Story Behind the Numbers: Women and Employment in Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Commonwealth of Independent States," Eastern European women have suffered because of the collapse of state socialism, with high rates of long-term unemployment....

6/8/2006 - Chilean President Bachelet Makes First Official Visit to US
Michelle Bachelet, Chile's first female president, begins her first official visit to the United States today....

6/2/2006 - US Pushes for Human Rights Resolution on Burma in UN Security Council
The United States has asked the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution criticizing the ruling Burmese military junta for its continued violations of human rights, including the house arrest of pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi....

5/3/2006 - House of Representatives Passes Resolution Condemning Juarez Murders
The House of Representatives yesterday passed House Concurrent Resolution 90, sponsored by Congresswoman Hilda Solis (D-CA), which condemns the violent murder of more than 400 women over the past 16 years in the border cities of Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico....

4/24/2006 - French Women Urge End to Official Use of 'Mademoiselle'
French feminists have petitioned the government to remove the title 'mademoiselle' from official documents, making 'madame' the appropriate title for all women....

3/16/2006 - Liberian President Addresses Congress in Historic Joint Session
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first democratically elected woman head of state in Africa, became the eighth woman and fifth African head of state to speak in front of both houses of Congress on Wednesday....

3/14/2006 - New Jersey Teacher to Become Liberia's First Female Chief of Police
Beatrice Munah Sieh, a 48-year-old native of Liberia, will soon become the African country's first female police chief under newly elected President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first democratically elected female head of state....

3/1/2006 - New Survey Shows Gains, Losses in Women's Representation in Parliaments
A survey of women elected to parliaments by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) reveals that women currently hold a record 16.3 percent of parliamentary seats, a small number but one that has increased from 11.3 percent in 1995....

2/10/2006 - Australia Moves Closer to Allowing Mifepristone Access
The Australian Senate passed a measure this week that will increase womens access to mifepristone....

2/7/2006 - Chile's Bachelet Fulfills Campaign Pledge of Half-Women Cabinet
Michelle Bachelet, the first woman elected president of Chile, appointed 10 women and 10 men to her Cabinet last Tuesday, fulfilling her campaign promise of a gender-balanced Cabinet....

2/3/2006 - Thousands of Women Worldwide Sign Anti-War Rallying Call
The women's peace group CodePink has launched a massive anti-Iraq war petition campaign called "Women Say No to War." The group aims to gather 100,000 signatures from women worldwide by March 8, International Womens Day, at which point the petition will go to the White House and to US embassies....

1/18/2006 - Africa's First Elected Woman Leader Sworn In as President of Liberia
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was sworn in as the president of Liberia on Monday, making her the first democratically elected female head of state in Africa....

1/5/2006 - Bush Makes Recess Appointment of Sauerbrey Despite Women's Protests
Yesterday, President Bush made a recess appointment of Ellen Sauerbrey to be Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, circumventing Congressional opposition to her appointment....

1/3/2006 - Afghan Women's Rights Editor Released From Prison
Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, the editor of a women's rights magazine in Afghanistan, has been released from prison....