Afghan Woman First to Compete in International Sports Event
In August at the world track and field championships in Paris, Lima Azimi became the first Afghan woman to participate in a major international sports event, according to the International Association of Athletics Federations. Afghanistan - previously banned from the Olympics by the International Olympic Committee and the international track federation in 1999 - was reinstated soon after the Taliban was ousted from power in 2001. Azimi, an English and literature major attending college in Kabul, began her training three months ago after Afghan officials sought her entry at the event. Appearing for the first time wearing a t-shirt and track pants in public, Azimi finished the 100-meter race in last place with a finish time of 18.37 seconds. "The time didn't matter... My participation was more important," she said according to the New York Times.
Meanwhile in Afghanistan, women continue to face widespread discrimination and oppression. Despite some women and girls returning to school, progress remains slow, due to the lack of funding and security, especially in areas beyond Kabul.
The Feminist Majority is leading the call for International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) expansion, increased reconstruction funding, and for more resources to support the work of the Ministry of Women's Affairs and the Independent Human Rights Commission.
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .
1/22/2015 BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban - After they were forced to scrap plans for a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders decided late last night to instead ram through a vote today on a different extreme anti-abortion bill.
House Republicans are now pushing HR 7, a bill promoted as a ban on federal funding of abortion that would actually prevent women from using their own money to purchase health insurance that includes abortion care. . . .
1/22/2015 House Cancels Abortion Ban After GOP Congresswomen Drop Support - House Republicans cancelled plans to vote on a 20-week ban on abortion after Republican Congresswomen removed their names publicly as co-sponsors of the bill.
The vote on the unconstitutional 20-week ban had originally been scheduled for today, the anniversary of Roe v. . . .