Over the last year, one million people have fled their homes in Afghanistan to escape the brutal terrorism of the Taliban regime and to seek refuge from the worst drought to hit the country in 20 years. As many as 800,000 internal refugees seek relief within Afghanistan; thousands have crossed the border to neighboring Pakistan in search of relief, only to find death and starvation in this unsympathetic country. The government of Pakistan is using one refugee camp, Jalozai—where 80,000 starving people watch at least one child die daily—as a warning to the throngs of refugees still trying to cross the border, that Pakistan will not support them.
United Nations officials assert millions of dollars are set aside to aid new refugees from Afghanistan and that refusing to accept UN aid makes Pakistan complicit in the death and starvation Afghan refugees endure everyday. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that if the drought in Afghanistan ended tomorrow, food assistance to refugees would need to continue until July 2002.
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. . . .