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
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. . . .