The SUNY STONY BROOK Leadership Alliance hosted “Freedom Fest,” a day-long event to raise awareness and mobilize support for the women of Afghanistan. The event included a screening of FMF’s “Shroud of Silence,” along with feminist speakers, poets, and musicians, and a fundraiser for FMF’s Help Afghan Women Campaign. The WESTERN VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY affiliate recently hosted a panel discussion on the plight of women in Afghanistan. The group showed FMF’s “Shroud of Silence” and engaged an audience of over 100 people through a panel discussion led by university professors. Highlighting the success of the event, the campus newspaper gave the Leadership Alliance front-page coverage the following day! Show your support, learn more about the campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid, and take action at www.helpafghanwomen.com.
4/17/2014 Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights - India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs.
"All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court. . . .