Women's Radio Station Relaunched in Afghanistan; Resources Needed
The Voice of Afghan Women, an Afghan radio station devoted to the interests of women, has been re-launched in Afghanistan. According to BBC News, the radio station first started in 2001 after the fall of the Taliban, but lost its funding and was taken off the air.
The station's director, Jamileh Mujahed, was the first Afghan woman broadcaster who announced the fall of the Taliban on television in 2001. Mujahed told BBC News that women's rights issues such as forced marriages, violence against women, and women's political and social participation will be regularly discussed on the station. The station also hopes to tackle sensitive cultural issues such as so-called “honor” killings and divorce, reports IRIN News.
The German Development Center has provided the station with the necessary funding to be on the air again in Kabul and some key provinces near the capital; however, according to IRIN News, the station still suffers from a lack of funding to sustain itself and resources such as equipment.
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The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
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10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .