Iran announced its decision to submit a film that defends women's rights to compete in the foreign film category of the Oscars. The film, written by women's rights advocate Kambosia Partovi, is about a widowed woman working to keep up her late husband's restaurant while deflecting her brother-in-law's requests to marry her, following the tradition of taking her as his second wife, according to the Globe and Mail.
Partovi is well known for his argument against the subordination of women, according to the Guardian Mail. He also wrote the 2000 Golden Lion winner, Circle, as well as I, Taraneh, 15 Years Old, both of which also represent the problems women face in Iran.
Media Resources: Mehr News 10/1/06; Guardian 10/2/06; Globe and Mail 10/2/06
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .