The temperature in the treeless refugee camp in Jalozai, Pakistan, peaks around 108 most days; shade and water are scarce, resulting in dozens of people, mostly children, dying every day due to starvation and dehydration. Hundreds of thousands of Afghans have been forced out of their homes because of the brutal fighting brought on by the terrorist Taliban regime, which rules the majority of Afghanistan. The country is also suffering through the worst drought in 30 years, killing off herds of animals, and ensuring continued starvation because of low crop yield predicted for the harvest.
In addition to the drought, heat, starvation and fighting, the Taliban has committed egregious human rights violations against the women of Afghanistan, banning women and girls from going to school, to work, or leaving their homes without a male relative. Violating Taliban decrees brings brutal punishment: beating, stoning, and death.
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .