FMF Interns Hold March for Choice Briefing in Los Angeles
Over 70 young activists and interns assembled at the Feminist Majority's Los Angeles offices Tuesday for a briefing on Save Women's Lives - March for Freedom of Choice, to take place April 25, 2004 in Washington, DC. The Feminist Majority interns addressed a diverse crowd of young people, presenting comprehensive information on the devastating effects of current reproductive policy in the US, the logistics of delegation organizing, fundraising, and coalition building, and the mechanics of traveling to Washington for the March.
Amy Exelby of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles kicked off the briefing by underscoring the historical nature of the March for Freedom of Choice as an unprecedented "coalition-based organizational effort" by four major women's rights and reproductive rights organizations: The Feminist Majority, NARAL Pro Choice America, the National Organization for Women, and Planned Parenthood. "We are the majority," said FMF field organizer duVergne Gaines. Gaines went on to call on attendees to join in taking the pro-choice message to Washington next April, identifying the young audience members' participation in the March as a political and intellectual voyage that would become "one of the most incredible experiences" of their lives.
Drawing upon the writings of First Wave feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Feminist Majority Foundation intern program coordinator and researcher Emma Lance O'Toole closed the briefing with a rousing call to massive, concerted "public protest and discussion" in the face of the reproductive health crisis fostered by US domestic and foreign policy on women's basic reproductive freedoms. Armed with the tools with which to go back to their campuses and organizations and begin mobilizing support and delegations for the March, the L.A. summer interns and young activists brainstormed, networked and caucused to ensure unprecedented student involvement from both coasts in the March for Freedom of Choice, April 25, 2004, in Washington, DC.
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .