FMLA Activists Participate in Back-to-School Campaign for Women in Afghanistan
Before the Taliban militia came to power in 1996, women and girls made up 50% of the university student population and 70% of all school teachers. Soon after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, however, they banned women and girls from attending school. Today, Afghan women students and teachers risk their lives daily to run clandestine schools, and in most cases, are unable to receive any education under penalty of death.
Last September, the Feminist Majority Foundation launched the Back to School Campaign to promote educational opportunities to Afghan women and girls, and increase pressure on the US and the UN to restore the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan. Already the campaign boasts over 600 action teams including Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances, Affiliates, and Choices activists from BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY (MA), MARIETTA COLLEGE (OH), UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS, UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY, SPELMAN COLLEGE, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY, SUNY STONY BROOK, RUTGERS (NY), UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT MILWAUKEE, EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, VANDERBILT, UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND (OR), WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY, OGELTHORPE UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN FLORIDA, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO, MICHIGAN
STATE UNIVERSITY, TEXAS A&M, COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY, and NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY (IL). The CORNELL UNIVERSITY FMLA AFFILIATE Students Acting for Gender Equality (SAGE) is organizing a forum on gender apartheid in Afghanistan. For more information about the Cornell event, contact Tamara Stover.
You can take direct action on your campus to help Afghan women and girls by creating a scholarship at your school for the Afghan Women’s Scholarship Program, launching a petition campaign, or adopting an Afghan girl’s school in Pakistan or Afghanistan! Join the Back To School Campaign.
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. . . .