International Day of the Girl Celebrated at the United Nations
Today marks the International Day of the Girl - a day to highlight, discuss, celebrate and advance girls' lives and opportunities across the globe. For the first time ever, girls will convene at the United Nations for a Speak Out, organized in partnership with the Working Group on Girls, that will give participants the opportunity to share with governments and UN agencies how girls are creating change in their communities and discuss how the international community can support girls' efforts.
The Speak Out comes at the end of 11 Days of Action organized to draw attention to girls' particular need and concerns. As part of this campaign, Girls Learn International, a project of the Feminist Majority Foundation, initiated a photo challenge to celebrate and highlight the importance of the International Day of the Girl (IDG).
The United Nations declared October 11 the International Day of the Girl Child in 2011 to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to improve girls lives. The goals of IDG, explained in The Girl Declaration, include improving the education, health, safety, economic security, and citizenship of child and adolescent girls. The theme for this year is "Innovating for Girls' Education."
You can watch the day's events live here. You can also participate in Girls Learn International's photo challenge on Instagram.
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .