FMF's Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan Spurs Rescue Mission
After surviving harrowing experiences under the brutally repressive Taliban regime in Afghanistan, 17 Afghan refugees have escaped their country and reached the United States. Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, will join Zieba Shorish-Shamley, Miriam (Giti) Schams, Nazira Karimi and others in a news conference on Thursday, September 9 at noon to give firsthand accounts from the newly arrived refugees of the plight of women and girls under the Taliban regime. This conference marks the first time the refugees have given their personal accounts of the terror experienced by the women of Afghanistan.
Media Resources: U.S. News Wire - September 8, 1999
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
9/12/2014 Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery - An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment.
Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .