Afghan Women's Radio Launched on International Women's Day
The first Afghan radio station for women, “The Voice of Afghan Women,” began broadcasting in Kabul to commemorate International Women’s Day. According to the Associated Press, Jamila Muhahed, the director of the radio station, said “the programs will focus on women – the problems they face and how they can find solutions for them.” The radio station is sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization and the French group AINA.
International Women’s Day was celebrated throughout the world, with events ranging from protests to educational gatherings. In Zimbabwe, at the same time President Robert Mugabe lowered customs duties on tampons and sanitary napkins to mark International Women’s Day, women protesting the government’s violations of women’s rights were beaten and arrested, according to This Day. In Ahmedabad, India, more than 200 women gathered carrying posters with messages such as “Peace for Empowerment, Empowerment for Peace,” according to Ahmedabad News. Women protested the crime of acid attacks against women in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Muslim women gathered at the Islamic Center of Long Island in New York to talk about what it means to be a Muslim woman in the United States after September 11. They hoped that their talks would rid of the stereotypes that are often made about Muslim women, according to Newsday.
Media Resources: Associated Press 3/9/03; Newsday 3/10/03; The Canberra Times 3/10/03; Ahmedabad Newsline 3/8/03; This Day 3/9/03; The Star 3/10/03
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. . . .