An article in this week’s issue of The Nation highlights the grossly sub par medical care received by many women in US prisons. With few monitoring the quality of care given to female inmates, many prison medical services are uncoordinated, underfunded, and unaccountable to anyone. Women inmates have complained of delayed medical attention, diagnosis, and even the withholding of medications required as part of their treatment. The problem seems particularly serious in cases of breast and reproductive health-related cancers, where inmates have died after months, or even years, passed between their requests for medical care and the actual receipt of such services. The chronic and pervasive problem of inadequate healthcare for female inmates continues to grow, with the number of women in prison doubling over the last 10 years (mainly due to mandatory drug-related sentences). Unfortunately, women and their medical needs are often overlooked since women comprise only 8-9% of a total prison population of 1.9 million.
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .