Yesterday Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who formerly served as the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was charged by French officials with "aggravated pimping" for his alleged involvement with prostitution rings in Paris and Washington DC in 2010 and 2011. Strauss-Kahn could face up to 20 years in jail.
A civil suit filed by a New York hotel maid alleging that Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulting a New York her in May has been postponed by a New York court. The woman, a 32-year-old African immigrant, stated that Strauss-Kahn attacked her after pulling her into his hotel room. The woman stated she eventually was able to escape and was treated for minor injuries at Roosevelt Hospital. Prosecutors dropped criminal charges due to a lack of credible evidence.
In 2008, Strauss-Kahn admitted to having inappropriate relations with a woman employee at IMF, although the IMF executive board stated at the time that "there was no harassment, favoritism or any other abuse of authority by the managing director." Prior to becoming managing director of IMF in 2007, Strauss-Kahn served as a former French finance minister, national legislator, and economics professor. He has been leading in the polls in France not only as the Socialist Party presidential candidate but also against incumbent President Sarkozy.
Media Resources: CNN 3/27/12; CBS 3/26/12; Feminist Daily Newswire 5/16/12
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .
1/22/2015 BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban - After they were forced to scrap plans for a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders decided late last night to instead ram through a vote today on a different extreme anti-abortion bill.
House Republicans are now pushing HR 7, a bill promoted as a ban on federal funding of abortion that would actually prevent women from using their own money to purchase health insurance that includes abortion care. . . .
1/22/2015 House Cancels Abortion Ban After GOP Congresswomen Drop Support - House Republicans cancelled plans to vote on a 20-week ban on abortion after Republican Congresswomen removed their names publicly as co-sponsors of the bill.
The vote on the unconstitutional 20-week ban had originally been scheduled for today, the anniversary of Roe v. . . .