Friday, 19 July 2013

News for Today

Contributed by Megan Bird
US Should Ratify Convention for Women's Rights

U.S. prosecutors consider charges against Alberta MLA caught in prostitution sting

Tribes Must Implement Changes to Take Advantage of VAWA
Our Success as a Nation Relies on the Success of Our Women

Contributed by Karthik Jayakumar
End violence against women
USET forms violence against Native Women workgroup

Contributed by Norhana Kamid
 Indonesia to Penalize Parties Underrepresenting Women 
Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, will penalize political parties that fail to meet a requirement for females to make up at least 30 percent of candidates in the elections as it seeks to halt a widening divide between the sexes, Bloomberg Newsreported July 17. 
Renault's YouTube Ad Removed for Objectifying Women
The Advertising Standards Authority, a advertising watchdog, has banned a Renault advert featuring scantily-clad dancers, ruling that it objectified women, The Guardian reported July 17. The YouTube ad for the Renault Clio featured a group of women shown wearing burlesque-style lingerie and gyrating and dancing around the car and drivers.
Feminist Coalition Calls for Women's Representation in Egypt's New Constitution
The Coalition of Egyptian Feminist Organisations called on interim president Adly Mansour to ensure that the committee that will draft the new constitution has a fair representation of women, The Daily News Egypt reported July 17.
Bi-Partisan Coalition Introduces Military Sexual Assault Reform Bill
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y, joined forces with G.O.P conservatives to introduce a new bill that will limit the chain of command in military sexual assault cases, reportedUSA Today July 16. The Military Justice Improvement Act seeks to limit commanders' ability to intervene in sexual assault cases involving members of their units. Republican backers include libertarian conservatives Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, among others. In February 2013 both Paul and Cruz voted against the reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act.
Malala Yousafzai's Story To Be Made Into Documentary
Davis Guggenheim, Oscar-winning director of Al Gore environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth, is to bring the story of teenage Pakistani women's rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived an attack by the Taliban, to the big screen, The Guardianreported July 16. 
Feministing's Writer Criticizes Silence of White Women in Zimmerman's Trial
In an article published July 16 by Feministing, Katty Otto denounces the silence of white feminist in the verdit of Zimmerman's trial. "To know that the reason George Zimmerman walks free is directly related to the cowardice of white women leaves me no choice but to acknowledge the failure and violence of people just like me," Otto writes. 
North Dakota Judges Strikes Down Ban on Medical Abortion 
A North Dakota judge issued a ruling striking down as unconstitutional a 2011 state law banning medical abortion, Raw Story reported July 15. The law was due to take effect in August 2011, but the Centre for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit on behalf of Red River Women’s clinic, based in Fargo, arguing that the law unconstitutionally restricts abortion access for women.
Poll: North Carolina Abortion Bill Hurts Gov. Pat McCrory
 North Carolina's Governor Pat McCrory is facing some discontentment from voters after the state’s House of Representatives passed a stringent abortion pill, a poll on Tuesday shows, Politico reported July 16. Only 34 percent of voters support the abortion measure while 47 percent oppose it, the Public Policy Polling found. And 80 percent of voters disapprove of how the bill was brought to the floor and passed — it was attached to unrelated motorcycle safety legislation. The bill would bar so-called sex-selective abortions and impose additional regulations on abortion clinics
San Diego's Mayor Urged to Resign for Forcibly Kissing, Groping Women
Three ex-supporters repeated their demand for San Diego's Mayor Bob Filner to resign saying he forcibly kissed two constituents and grabbed the buttocks and breast of a staff member, The Los Angeles Times reported July 15. Filner's behavior toward women is so egregious that women who work for him call him a "dirty old man" and coined the phrases "the Filner headlock" and "the Filner dance" to describe how he isolates women and then makes unwanted advances, attorney Marco Gonzalez said. Gonzalez said a sexual harassment claim will be filed with city officials. Also, lawsuits are a possibility, he said.
Afghan Women Eye Unlikely Alliance With Clerics to Improve Rights
A group of Afghan female lawmakers and activists are eyeing an unlikely alliance with the country's religious leaders, hoping to promote and enhance women's rights through Islam in a joint campaign, Reuters reported July 16. "The role of the mullahs is crucial because we're an Islamic nation and the mosques are being used against women. Why not use them for women?" said member of parliament Fawzia Koofi, an outspoken campaigner for women's rights.
Zimbabwe's Women Charged $5 if They Scream While Giving Birth
Women in Zimbabwe are being charged $5 (Sh425) every time they scream whilst giving birth, Standarg Digital News reported July 16. A new report from Transparency International, which focuses on corruption around the world, found that a local hospital in one of Africa’s poorest countries was administering the hospital screaming fee to women who 'raised a false alarm'
Busiest Abortion Clinic in Virginia Closes
A women’s health care clinic in Fairfax City that performed more abortions than any other location in Virginia has closed, and it’s unclear whether it will reopen elsewhere, The Washington Post reported July 14. Antiabortion protesters stood outside the building daily, the clinic was sued twice in the past three years by its landlord, and it likely faced a need to upgrade or move after Virginia changed its regulations to require abortion providers to have hospital-grade facilities.
Texas' Women Deprived of Abortion Choices Might Turn to Mexico
The New York Times reported July 14 that Texas's stringent abortion bill approved late Friday could push women to cross the border to Mexico to seek an “abortion pill.” The drug that can induce miscarriages is openly available in Mexico and covertly at some flea markets in Texas.
U.S. Women in Rural Areas More Likely to Undergo Sterilization at Young Age
Rural women, especially those without much education, are more likely to have their "tubes tied" in their 20s and early 30s than urban and suburban women, according to an, Reuters reported July 15. Although it may be a good option for many women, researchers said, some others go on to regret it - especially when it's performed at a young age. They speculated that more rural women get sterilized because they don't have access to or can't afford long-term but reversible forms of contraception, such as intrauterine device.
Wendy Davis Explains Why She Opposed 'Threatening" Bill to Women
Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis "stood to oppose the bill because it rolled back constitutional rights and would reduce the number of women’s health clinics from 42 to 5, thereby threatening the health and safety of thousands of Texas women." In an op-ed published July 15 in the Washington Post, Davis explains why she opposed the abortion bill which was eventually passed Friday night in Texas.
Recession Led U.S. Women to Be Financially Savvier
 The recession has led to a financial awakening among U.S. women new data show obtained by USA Today show. While more women overall have indicated an interest in financial planning and become more involved in family finances since the recession, a subset of women who have emerged have become especially informed, taking charge of managing their money and making financial and investment decisions. The data is from the fourth installment of Allianz Life's 2013 Women, Power, and Money study, out Monday. The study found that one in five women can be considered part of that group called "women of influence." 
 U.K. Government Accused of 'Assault' on Women's Rights, Minorities
 Equality campaigners in the U.K. have accused the government of a systematic assault on measures designed to protect women and minorities, The Guardian reported July 13. In a report out this week, the Fawcett Society accuses the coalition government of "weakening the legal and institutional measures concerned with equality."
 Minority Women Entrepreneurs Grow Drastically in U.S. 
Minority women-owned firms grew 156 percent from 1997 to 2013 and now account for one in three women-owned firms in the U.S., according to a 2013 report by American Express on the State of Women-Owned BusinessesForbes reported July 15. In contrast, non-minority women-owned firms grew 32 percent during the same period.

Contributed by Suyog Shelar

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