Inderfurth Recognizes Work of Feminist Majority Foundation for Afghan Women
In his remarks on Afghanistan to the Council on Foreign Relations, Karl Inderfurth, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs pointed to the value of the work of the Feminist Majority Foundation to help restore human rights to the women and girls of Afghanistan.
Inderfurth stated that "promoting human rights, particularly the rights of women and girls, is one of our highest priorities in Afghanistan today."
While Inderfurth mentioned small improvements in education and health care for women and girls in Afghanistan, he acknowledged the necessity that "We urge the Taliban to allow women and girls to fulfill their most basic human needs: of education, healthcare, and employment. And we urge the international community to keep the plight of Afghan women and girls high on its agenda - as we will - until these things are done."
Media Resources: Office of International Programs, U.S. Department of State; Karl F. Inderfurth, Remarks as Prepared for Delivery to the Council on Foreign Relations on "Gender and U.S. Foreign Policy: The Case of Afghanistan" - January 27, 2000
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. . . .