As girls return to school here in the United States, Afghan women and girls continue to suffer under the Taliban’s ban on education for females. The Feminist Majority Foundation’s Back to School Campaign is aimed at improving educational opportunities to Afghan women and girls through scholarships to U.S. universities, an adopt-a-school project to support clandestine home schools for girls in Afghanistan and refugee camp schools in Pakistan, and a petition drive to pressure the U.S. and U.N. to increase aid to the region. Just one week after announcing the campaign, 69 groups have signed on, including the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance at Brandeis University. Jesse Mostipak, a founding member of the group, was recently interviewed by the Boston Globe, voicing her opposition to the Taliban’s brutal treatment of women. Groups participating in the campaign range from college women’s organizations to high school groups to junior high classrooms to advocacy organizations.
The Globe acknowledged the U.S. State Department’s recent statement that FMF’s Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan has produced “as much or more mail than any other foreign policy issue has.” FMF has gathered 211,000 petitions to the U.S. State Department, the White House, and the United Nations, demanding that the U.S. and U.N. put more pressure on the Taliban and the countries that support the terrorist regime.
Media Resources: Feminist Majority Foundation and Boston Globe, A1 – September 1, 2000
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .