US Mission to the UN Concerned About Abortion in Beijing Platform
At the 48th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the US mission stated that it might not "reaffirm" the Beijing Platform because of the Bush Administration's concern about "abortion" language in the platform. Instead, the US mission will most likely state that the US "recalls and reiterates" the Beijing Platform.
Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey, who leads the U. delegation to the CSW, stated that she is "excited about the rights that women are getting in [Iraq and Afghanistan]" and that women's political participation "is a burning issue" for her. Although Sauerbrey stated that "the United States heavily invests in bringing women into the political equation in post-conflict areas, where their voices and vision are critical", the US-backed 25-member Iraqi Governing Council includes only three women.
In response to a Canadian NGO representative who said about women in North America, "if we impose [equal participation] on the oppressed, we should impose it on ourselves," Sauerbrey said that the US tradition "is equality of opportunity." She described her philosophy as "women need to be equally educated on how to run for office"
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .