Lesbian and Gay Students Fight for Notre Dame Anti-Discrimination Policy
One hundred students at the University of Notre Dame began a hunger strike Wednesday night. They were demanding their civil rights, namely an anti-discrimination policy that would ban bias against lesbians and gay men. University trustees will meet this week to consider this policy that has already been approved by the Senate Faculty and the Academic Council.
Many officials at the university, including its President, Rev. Edward Malloy, argue that the policy will compromise a main component of the school's Roman Catholic mission. "The primary spirit animating this is moral, because whereas in a secular environment this is seen as a simple matter of civil rights, that's not the way it's viewed through a Catholic prism," said school spokesman Dennis Moore.
In 1995, a gay and lesbian student organization was prohibited by the university from meeting on campus. Two years later Notre Dame began printing a statement in university handbooks that welcomed homosexuals into the "family," and assured them that they would not face discrimination.
Aaron Kreider of the Progressive Student Alliance and an organizer of the hunger strike stated, "It says we're going to include people, but we're not going to give them legal protection from discrimination."
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. . . .