DC: Young Women to Learn About Leadership from Campus to Congress
The Feminist Majority Foundation's National Young Women's Leadership Conference: From Campus to Congress will start tomorrow, kicking off an exciting weekend of plenary sessions, workshops, and guest speakers. The Campus to Congress Conference will focus on how young women can impact domestic and global issues, including reproductive rights, sweatshops, peace, the environment, the media, and violence against women.
Saturday's program will focus on domestic issues, with speakers including Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), former Congressional candidate Donna Edwards, United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, National Congress of Black Women President Dr. E. Faye Williams, and National Organization for Women (NOW) President Kim Gandy. Student activists will have the opportunity to attend workshops on strengthening their student groups, fundraising, and running for office.
The second day of the conference will examine global feminist issues, including the fight for global reproductive rights, war as a women's issue from Afghanistan to Iraq to Darfur, and foreign policy that affects women. Dr. Sima Samar, chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission and UN special envoy to Darfur, will speak, as well as FMF President Eleanor Smeal and Executive Vice-President Katherine Spillar, Afghan Youth Soccer League Founder Awista Ayub, NOW Executive Vice-President Olga Vives, and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington President and CEO Jatrice Martel Gaiter.
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .