Human rights activists marched in Washington to the Mexican Embassy this weekend to demand justice for over 370 women who have been victims of serial killings in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The leader of the march, a mother of one of the victims, stated that she has been harassed and threatened by the Mexican government for speaking out against the murders, reports Reuters.
According to Reuters, human rights groups are accusing the Mexican authorities of responding to the murders incompetently. In a report issued by Amnesty International, Mexican police have failed to take the necessary actions to investigate the abductions and brutal murders of women and girls in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico. The majority of victims, usually workers at US-owned assembly plants and factories known as maquiladoras, were raped and strangled, their bodies left in the Chihuahua desert.
Responding to accusations from human rights groups, members of Congress, and families of victims, Mexico's President Vicente Fox recently stated that he has no evidence of corruption or incompetence in investigations of the killings of women in Jaurez, reports the Washington Post.
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. . . .