Sima Samar, chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission and the United Nations Special Envoy to Darfur, will speak at a special forum tomorrow with other women's rights and human rights leaders to address the US's failed policies in Afghanistan. Dr. Samar, who is the highest ranked woman official in Afghanistan, will expose the reality of the dire conditions for Afghan women and girls and the inadequate policies of the US and Karzai governments. She will be joined by Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal, who will call for a new direction for US policy in Afghanistan; Mavis Leno, who chairs the Feminist Majority's Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls; and Ms. magazine Executive Editor Katherine Spillar, whose interview with Dr. Samar was featured in the winter issue of Ms.
7/29/2014 Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US - The Obama administration plans to conduct a large study on female genital mutilation (FGM) to try to assess how many girls and women in the US are at risk, and how many have already experienced, FGM.
According to experts, FGM tends to take place during summer break when parents take their daughter outside of the country for the practice.
Jaha Dukureh, a 24-year-old woman who grew up in Gambia, experienced FGM there, and then child marriage in the US, started a petition that gained more than 220,000 supporters. . . .
7/29/2014 Women Just Won Big In Mississippi - Feminist Majority Foundation leaders are elated by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider) law that would have closed the only abortion clinic in the state. . . .