Where Are the Women: Female Experts on Afghanistan Missing from TV Media
The Washington Post reports that out of the 98 television programs to publish their guest lists in the Post this month, only 12 were to feature women as experts on the post-September 11 crises. The lack of women given airtime, however, does not correspond to women’s expertise on the issues. Television media may not be making the effort to look for women commentators. “It’s not like there aren’t any women out there,” said Barbara Cochran, head of the Radio and Television News Directors Association. “You just have to make it a goal to find them.” Television newsrooms are also largely male operations. While women are 40 percent of the TV news workforce, they make up only 20 percent of news directors.
The Feminist Majority has led the Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan for nearly five years and has been recognized as an authority on the plight of Afghan women as well as the Taliban’s horrific rule of gender apartheid. Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal has given briefings to Congress on the topic and has testified before a joint hearing of two U.S Senate Foreign Relations subcommittees. Women in the Senate and the House are also playing pivotal roles in the war on terrorism by holding special orders, educating their constituents about the issues, and most importantly, by introducing and voting on legislation that directly impacts not only the war but also the Afghan people.
Media Resources: Washington Post, 11/08/01; Christian Science Monitor, 11/08/01; Feminist Majority
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. . . .