Women's Rights Supporter Rally Against Wal-Mart Decision
In response to the US Supreme Court's ruling in favor of Wal-Mart yesterday, Equal Rights Advocates, the civil rights group that took the case ten years ago, and other organizations rallied in support of the women of Wal-Mart outside the Supreme Court today. Representatives from Feminist Majority Foundation, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the National Organization for Women (NOW), the National Partnership for Women and Families, the National Women's Law Center, the National Association of Letter Carriers Union, and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and over 100 other individuals showed their support for the women employees by chanting and carrying signs.
Arcelia Hurtado, executive director of Equal Rights Advocates, stated "Equal treatment in the workplace is a civil rights issue. As with any other civil rights struggle, history has taught us that progress is not always linear; today we may have taken one step back in the court system, but we are confident that we have taken several steps forward in raising awareness about pay inequity and in galvanizing a generation of women who are standing up and saying, 'Enough is enough! Pay us what we are worth!'"
Rallies are also being held in San Francisco, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and other cities. Equal Rights Advocates has pledged to fight on in seeking justice for these women and is considering other avenues to pursue the fight.
Media Resources: Feminist Majority Foundation 6/21/11; Equal Rights Advocate Statement 6/20/11; National Women's Law Center Press Release 6/20/11
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .