FMLAs Celebrate V-Day with Safe Sex Campaigns, Performances, and More
The WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY FMLA organized a V-Day celebration with chocolate vaginas. The FMLA at Kutztown (PA) is producing the Vagina Monologues.
The CONNECTICUT COLLEGE FMLA organized a Valentines Day Safe Sex Campaign, working with the Peer Educators to distribute condoms on Valentines Day. The Peer Educators provided the condoms, and the FMLA put together cards with information on where to get contraception on campus. Because of the FMLA's efforts, every CONNECTICUT COLLEGE student will find a condom and contraception card in their mailbox on Valentines Day!
In conjunction with a campus production of the Vagina Monologues, the BOSTON UNIVERSITY Women's Center, an FMLA affiliate, is facilitating a talk back, poetry slam, and a presentation of the Clothesline Project to raise awareness about violence against women. The Women's Center Talk-Back will be held on Tuesday, March 4, with speakers from Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and Transition House domestic violence center.
The UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN - MILWAUKEE affiliate has organized a performance of the Vagina Monologues on campus. The University of North Texas has organized a series of publicity and fundraising events to benefit local the Vagina Monologues production, including an art show and garage sale. They plan on mobilizing support for the Emergency Contraception Over-the-Counter petition drive during these and other events.
The SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY FMLA and the Women's Resource Center are co-sponsoring their campus performance of The Vagina Monologues that will entertain, uplift, and educate students on campus during Women's History Month. The GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY POWER of Women, an FMLA affiliate, is organizing a campus production of the Vagina Monologues. The USC FMLA will be tabling throughout the week of their campus Vagina Monologues performance in order to use the events to mobilize support for their group and for pro-choice education and activism.
The UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN - RIVER FALLS FMLA Affiliate is organizing a Take Back the Night march and rally to support women's safety on campus and raise awareness of the preponderance of violence against women on campus.
The ST. MARY'S COLLEGE OF MARYLAND FMLA discovered recently that their school reported zero sexual assaults last year and in response, the FMLA has been working with Campus Safety to produce a new sexual assault brochure that lists resources for sexual assault survivors and details the process of reporting a sexual assault.
The GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY FMLA is preparing for their upcoming V-Week, a week of events on women's sexual health and empowerment. Events include a panel on Female Genital Mutilation, an anti-sexual assault workshop, and a special talk by the Feminist Majority Foundation's Medical Director Dr. Beth Jordan on women's sexual health. The week will end with an FMLA organized campus production of the Vagina Monologues.
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .