The Third Wave Foundation launched the first annual National Week of Action for Reproductive Justice on Wednesday. The Third Wave Foundation with the Reproductive Justice Network will be holding events all over the country throughout the week to reach out to the public about reproductive justice.
The Reproductive Justice Network has posted a video on Youtube titled "What is Reproductive Justice?" Organizations like Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), New Voices Pittsburgh, Miami International Latinas Organizing for Leadership and Adocacy (MI-LOLA), Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER), Sistas on the Rise, and the Young Women’s Empowerment Project are hosting activities in cities across the US. A list of events is available at the Third Wave Foundation blog.
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. . . .