Study Reveals Harsh Conditions for Women in Afghanistan
Physicians for Human Rights published a recent study on the conditions Afghanistan women have suffered under Taliban rule. Its findings show that women in Afghanistan continually face heinous abuse and are suffering from lack of health care and education.
"We are not aware of any place in the world in recent history where women have so systematically been deprived of every opportunity to survive in the society -- from working to getting an education to walking on the street to getting health care," said Leonard Rubenstein, executive director of Physicians for Human Rights.
The report gave accounts of women who died from easily curable diseases such as appendicitis because hospitals turned them away. Many women have also died during labor because they have no access to medical aid. Even in instances where a woman is allowed access to treatment, she is not allowed to communicate directly with her doctor. The doctor instead speaks to a male relative, who is reponsible for communicating her symptoms.
Feelings of desperation continue to grow amongst women in Afghanistan. Reports of suicide and depression have increased as women are stripped of their rights and their hope.
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell as out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of two heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge. . . .
7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .