The U.S. Senate will consider the Afghan Women and Children Relief Act of 2001. The bill, introduced by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) and co-sponsored by every woman Senator, would authorize the use of funds for educational and healthcare assistance for Afghan women and children living inside Afghanistan or as refugees in neighboring countries. Acknowledging the efforts of Afghan women to resist the Taliban and its draconian decrees, the bill calls on the President to ensure that assistance is provided through “indigenous institutions and nongovernmental organizations, especially women’s organizations, to the extent possible.”
Under the Taliban, women have been subject to a brutal system of gender apartheid. Women are banned from school, prohibited from working, and forbidden to leave their homes without a close male relative and without wearing the head-to-toe burqa shroud. The Taliban’s decrees have caused a virtual collapse of the educational and healthcare systems in Afghanistan, as women were the vast majority of educators and healthcare workers before the Taliban’s rise. Afghanistan now has one of the highest infant, child, and maternal mortality rates in the world.
The Feminist Majority is leading a massive campaign aimed at increasing humanitarian aid, the restoration of Afghan women’s rights, and the re-establishment of a constitutional democracy in Afghanistan. Find out how you can join the Feminist Majority’s campaign to help Afghan women. Log on to www.HelpAfghanWomen.com.
5/1/2015 House Reverses DC Law Banning Reproductive Health Discrimination by Employers - The US House of Representatives voted Thursday night to overturn a Washington, DC, law that makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who use their insurance to cover procedures like in-vitro fertilization or abortion and contraception like birth control pills and IUDs for themselves, their spouses, or their children.
The District's council passed the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act last year. . . .
4/30/2015 400 Women and Children Have Been Rescued From Boko Haram in Nigeria - In two different operations in under a week, Nigerian troops have rescued more than 400 women and children who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram.
On Tuesday, Nigerian troops announced they rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram - and today news has come out that troops rescued another 160 women and children.
While the news is promising and shows progress made in Nigeria to combat Boko Haram, the girls rescued were not the Chibok girls who inspired the #BringBackOurGirls movement last year. . . .