Congresswoman Maloney to Introduce Amendment to Protect UNFPA Funding
Representatives Carolyn Maloney (NY-D) and Joseph Crowley (NY-D) are offering an amendment today to the FY06 Science-State-Justice-Commerce Appropriations bill that would prevent any funding in the bill from being used to prohibit or restrict funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The effect of the amendment would be to ensure that badly needed funds will be released to help women, children, and men in nearly 150 poor countries around the world.
The UNFPA supports developing countries to advance access to the quality of reproductive health care, economic opportunities, and education all of which provide women with opportunities to determine the size and spacing of their families. The UNFPA is the second largest source of population assistance to developing countries and is a key source of assistance in poor countries for family planning services. Since July 2002, the Bush Administration has withdrawn $34 million annually from the UNFPA.
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .
8/25/2015 Fraternity Signs Promote Rape Culture, Elicit Outrage - Old Dominion University (ODU) in Virginia is receiving national attention for a fraternity's vulgar and offensive signs that were on display as first-year students moved into their dorms.
The signs, which were hung on fraternity Sigma Nu and displayed derogatory messages for incoming female students- and their mothers- have since been removed, and the University has promised disciplinary action. . . .