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.
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. . . .