First Lady Hillary Clinton, Glenn Close and Marisa Tomei joined with nearly 200 women from the former Yugoslavia to champion women's rights and honor women war victims in post-war Bosnia. In a public letter written for the ceremonies, Clinton urged Bosnian women to cast votes in next month's election that reject "ethnic tensions of the past in favor of a united, multi-ethnic Bosnia where your families can prosper."
Close and Tomei traveled to war-torn Sarajevo on Saturday to join native actors in a production of "Necessary Targets," a play by Eve Ensler about women who were affected by the war in the former Yugoslavian province. The event also focused its attention on the issue of sexual violence in wartime. The U.N. International Criminal Tribunal ruled in 1996 that the violent rapes of Muslim women in Bosnia are gender-based war crimes.
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .
1/22/2015 BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban - After they were forced to scrap plans for a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders decided late last night to instead ram through a vote today on a different extreme anti-abortion bill.
House Republicans are now pushing HR 7, a bill promoted as a ban on federal funding of abortion that would actually prevent women from using their own money to purchase health insurance that includes abortion care. . . .