The Los Angeles Times recently featured Ramona High School’s efforts in the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid Back to School drive. The only all-girls public school in LA, Ramona is a safe space for troubled girls who were not making it in other institutions. Its surrounding area is plagued by gang violence, drug use, and crime. Yet the students at Ramona High School are working hard to help others as part of the Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan, and recently raised $200 for the campaign. After seeing the FMF-produced video “Shroud of Silence,” the girls at Ramona immediately wanted to take action. Joining the Adopt-A-School program, they went door-to-door in their poor neighborhood, explaining the plight of Afghan women who live under a state of virtual house arrest, unable to work or go to school. They collected donations and obtained signatures on FMF’s petition to increase humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and to continue to pressure Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to renounce their recognition of the Taliban regime. Their new goal is to raise $100 a month for the school they are working with, located in Pakistan in a refugee camp, and to continue to exchange letters with the girls there.
7/29/2014 Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US - The Obama administration plans to conduct a large study on female genital mutilation (FGM) to try to assess how many girls and women in the US are at risk, and how many have already experienced, FGM.
According to experts, FGM tends to take place during summer break when parents take their daughter outside of the country for the practice.
Jaha Dukureh, a 24-year-old woman who grew up in Gambia, experienced FGM there, and then child marriage in the US, started a petition that gained more than 220,000 supporters. . . .
7/29/2014 Women Just Won Big In Mississippi - Feminist Majority Foundation leaders are elated by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider) law that would have closed the only abortion clinic in the state. . . .