College students nationwide joined Feminist Majority Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan Chair Mavis Leno online to chat about how students can get involved in the FM Campaign to mobilize awareness and support for women and girls in Afghanistan. Leno focused the discussion on the humanitarian crisis for Afghan refugees, seventy percent of whom are women and children, and the need for the restoration of women’s rights, re-establishment of a constitutional democracy, and economic development in Afghanistan. Students expressed concern for the Afghan women, support for military action, and a desire to bring peace to Afghanistan. In response to a question about ensuring peace to the region, Leno responded, “The recipe for peace is simple and obvious to state, but harder to achieve. It is the eradication of poverty, abuse, and injustice, which is the breeding ground for rage.”
Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances, campus groups throughout the U.S., have been raising awareness of gender apartheid and collecting funds to send directly to Afghan women and girls living in refugee areas in Pakistan. To find out more about the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances and learn how to start a group on your campus, log on to www.feministcampus.org.
To find out how you can get involved in the Feminist Majority’s Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan aimed at increasing humanitarian aid, restoring Afghan women’s rights, and ensuring women’s participation in the reconstruction of Afghan government, visit www.HelpAfghanWomen.com.
Media Resources: Feminist Majority; Feminist Majority Foundation
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .