Eleanor Smeal Honored for Work on Behalf of Women’s Rights
Women’s Enews honored Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal in 2001 for her “extraordinary contributions to durable change on behalf of women.” Featured as one of the 21 leaders for the 21st century, Smeal was acknowledged by Women’s Enews staff and readers primarily for her work to end gender apartheid in Afghanistan and restore Afghan women’s rights. The Feminist Majority has led its campaign for Afghan women since 1997, and since the U.S. led war on terrorism, has worked successfully to increase humanitarian aid to the region and to have women included in the reconstruction process. Smeal was also honored for her work in the United States to protect abortion access, to uncover the violent network of anti-abortion extremists, to bring mifepristone (also known as RU 486 and the early abortion pill) to American women, and to empower women politically.
12/18/2013 Report: Police Harassment May Worsen LA Aids Crisis - Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report last week detailing how aggressive police harassment and the consideration of condoms as evidence of prostitution may be worsening Louisiana's HIV/AIDS crisis, particularly in New Orleans.
"Sex workers, transgender women and others at high risk of HIV infection told us that they were afraid to carry condoms and that they sometimes had to engage in sex without protection out of fear of police harassment," the report explains.
Louisiana has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the US, and the state's AIDS death rate is over two times the national average. . . .
12/17/2013 FMF Releases Video on ACA Enrollment - Feminist Majority Foundation released a short video today detailing the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and urging people to Get Covered for the Holidays through the state Health Insurance Marketplaces. . . .