Large numbers of Sudanese women are being raped by, or have lost their husbands to, the mostly-Arab militia called the Janjaweed. While refugee camps should offer women safety from more violence, the Globe and Mail reports that more and more women are being raped outside of their refugee camps when they go to gather wood or charcoal to sell or to use to cook food. A sergeant guarding one of the camps asserts “if you go even one kilometer from the camp, you will find problems.” According to the Globe and Mail, the sergeant went on to say that even though his soldiers know about the rapes, they cannot leave their post to patrol or intervene.
As the humanitarian crisis in the country deepens, reports of lost breast milk as a result of trauma and malnourishment in women from the Darfur region of the Sudan have become increasingly common over the last few months. According to the Washington Post, a public health professor who toured the refugee camps in Chad asserted “This is a situation where anxiety and stress is far greater for women, and it adds a particular layer of stress to an already stressed population.” A recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey states that the mortality rate for children is above the emergency threshold, reports the Washington Post.
Reuters reports that the humanitarian crisis in Darfur is worsening and has cost up to 50,000 lives.
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defundÂ Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).Â 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 asÂ out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of twoÂ 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. . . .