Women’s Rights Leaders Call on US to Reaffirm Historic Platform
Leading women's rights and human rights leaders are calling on the Bush Administration to reaffirm the historic women's rights platform that is currently being reviewed at the United Nations. Ten years ago at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, the Platform of Action on Women’s Rights was signed by 189 countries. On the excuse of introducing the following amendment "while reaffirming that they do not create any new international human rights, and that they do not include the right to abortion," the US now threatens to delay reaffirmation of the entire Platform of Action.
“The U.S. should reaffirm, not retreat from, women’s rights and equality,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. “Globally, this is about saving women’s lives.” Women’s rights and human rights leaders see the US stance against unequivocally reaffirming the platform as going against the administration’s rhetoric supporting women’s rights in places like Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Platform of Action committed governments to protect women’s freedom of political participation and access to education, employments, and health care, and to protect their human rights.
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
9/12/2014 Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery - An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment.
Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .