Fifty Afghan women leaders will convene in Brussels, December 4-5, to attend an Afghan Women’s Summit for Democracy. The women represent a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and hail from all sectors of society, including the fields of education, healthcare, and politics. Three of the participants, Sima Wali, Seddige Balkhi, and Amini Afzali, are now serving as delegates to the meetings in Bonn. Other women leaders from around the globe will also be present at the summit to show their support for the involvement of Afghan women in the reconstruction and peace process in Afghanistan. Several women’s rights organization are hosting the Summit, including the Feminist Majority, the European Women’s Lobby, Equality Now, V-day, and the Center for Strategic Initiatives of Women, which will be held at the European Commission in Brussels in collaboration with the United Nations’ Gender Advisor to the Secretary General and UNIFEM. Judge Navanethem Pillay, South African President of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, will chair the Summit.
A delegation of Afghan women plan to meet with the European Parliamnet, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and the UN Security Council in the weeks immediately following the Summit.
2/27/2015 This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault - A bipartisan bill aimed at holding colleges and universities accountable for rape and sexual assault cases was introduced in Congress yesterday, spearheaded by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
Some of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act's key key provisions include a requirement of confidential reporting systems on colleges and universities, minimum training requirements for campus personnel, and stricter penalties for schools found to be in violation of Title IX or the Clery Act. . . .
2/26/2015 If This Bill Passes Federal Law Will Add Consent to Sex Ed Curriculums - Right now, federal law does not require health or sex education to include sexual assault prevention - but that could change with a new bill introduced by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA).
The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015, which was introduced earlier this month, would require all public secondary schools in the country to include teaching "safe relationship behavior" in order to help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. . . .