150 experts from 20 Latin American countries participated in a UNICEF-sponsored conference, "Our Girls: the Right to Equity From Infancy," earlier this month.
Mario Luis Fuentes, director of the System for the Integral Development of the Family in Mexico, argued that laws governing domestic violence, child exploitation and sexual abuse do not reflect the seriousness of the crimes, and must be strengthened.
Child labor exploitation is rampant in impoverished Latin American countries, and the exploitation of girls is especially severe. Representatives from the Economic Commission for Latin America relayed research suggesting that indigent girls face greater violence and abuse in the streets and earn less money than do boys of similar age and ability.
Conference participants discussed strategies for upholding the rights of children and agreed to conduct further research on discrimination against girls in education, healthcare and employment.
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell as out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of two heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge. . . .
7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .