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.
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. . . .