According to a story published Monday in Reuters, two training programs that prep doctors to perform abortions—and to dispense contraception and other forms of family planning care—have seen their applications surge as abortion access has grown increasingly embattled.
Texas Forced This Woman to Deliver a Stillborn Baby The Daily Beast
Republican states now force women to carry dead featuses in their wombs, destroying their mental & physical health.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence recently signed an anti-choice bill that holds doctors liable if a woman has an abortion because of a fetus's race, sex, or diagnosis of Down syndrome or any other disabiliy.
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France passed a law Wednesday that outlaws paying for sex as a means of discouraging prostitution without criminalizing it. The new measure repeals a previous decade-old law that penalized the sex worker and instead places the onus of responsibility on the client.
Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff accused her vice president Michel Temer of attempting to illegally overthrow the government. The accusation underscores the heightened political tensions just days before Congress votes on her impeachment.
Tina Brown's Women in the World's 7th Annual Summit has opened in New York, with online programming April 7 (9am-5pm) and April 8 (9am-2pm).
The Gender Forward Pioneer (GFP) Index looked at gender representation at companies on the Global Fortune 500 and World’s Most Admired Companies lists–more than 8,600 executives representing 36 countries. The numbers weren’t good.
But at the most admired companies, 17% of senior leaders were women, compared to 8% at companies that were less well regarded.
The World's 50 Greatest Leaders Fortune
1. Jeff Bezos; 2. Angela Merkel; 3. Aung San Suu Kyi
The Pay Gap Is Costing Women $500 Billion Per Year Mother Jones
In India, women are banned from entering Hindu temples if they are having their periods. Now women are protesting, demanding rights to worship, pray and menstruate inside religious places. Also on Broadly.
Meet The Group Enabling Syria's Female Journalists The World Post
Campaigners scrutinize women's rights in Africa WorldBulletin
Thirteen years since Africa saw the Maputo Protocol – one of its most progressive legal instruments on women’s rights – violations are still widespread across the continent, activists have told Anadolu Agency.
Human rights leaders have converged in Banjul, Gambia, at the opening session of an NGO forum attended by close to 200 groups from all over Africa.
Is Porn Culture To Be Feared? The Atlantic
In Time’s current cover story, “Porn and the Threat to Virility,” Belinda Luscombe writes, “A growing number of young men are convinced that their sexual responses have been sabotaged because their brains were virtually marinated in porn when they were adolescents. Their generation has consumed explicit content in quantities and varieties never before possible, on devices designed to deliver content swiftly and privately, all at an age when their brains were more plastic—more prone to permanent change—than in later life. These young men feel like unwitting guinea pigs in a largely unmonitored decade-long experiment in sexual conditioning.”
I’ve been pondering what the Internet is doing to our brains since Nicholas Carrtackled the subject in 2008; I’ve wondered what screens will do to children’s brains since Hanna Rosin raised the question; I commend to you this James McWilliams essay on the need to humanize digital life.
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The Tampon of the Future New York Times
In 2014, an engineer at Harvard named Ridhi Tariyal hit on a far simpler workaround. “I was trying to develop a way for women to monitor their own fertility at home,” she told me, and “those kinds of diagnostic tests require a lot of blood. So I was thinking about women and blood. When you put those words together, it becomes obvious. We have an opportunity every single month to collect blood from women, without needles.”
Together with her business partner, Stephen Gire, she has patented a method for capturing menstrual flow and transforming it into medical samples. “There’s lots of information in there,” Ms. Tariyal said, “but right now, it’s all going in the trash.”
Why did Ms. Tariyal see a possibility that had eluded so many engineers before her? You might say she has an unfair advantage: her gender.
Because she lives in a female body, she had experiences that just wouldn’t be available to her male colleagues. She doesn’t have to imagine using her device, because she herself has been able to beta-test it.
French Burqa Ban Redux
In 2009 AOC launched a discussion aroundFrance's proposed burqa ban and fashion designers promoting Islamic couture. It became one of the most dynamic conversations ever on this website.
The burqa ban -- which includes head coverings and therefore niqab -- did go into effect. The entire conversation around muslim dress was reignited this week, when Laurence Rossignol, the French minister for women's rights, ignited a whole new conversation, saying that the fashion industry's drive to normalize Muslim dress is counterproductive to women's rights.
"When brands invest in this Islamic garment market, they are shirking their responsibilities and are promoting women's bodies being locked up," she said.
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Olatorera Oniru, age 29 and founder of Dressmeoutlet.com, is promoted by Forbes as one of Nigeria's most ambitious young entrepreneurs. Dressmeoutlet.com promotes made in Africa goods with the goal of retailing only the best 20% of African designers.
Nancy Perlosi's Vineyard Remains An Idea For Now
The headline aside, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi's vineyard property bottles no wine. The Napa County Planning Commission in 2005 gave the Pelosi family the OKto operate a 5,000-gallon-a-year winery with weekly tastings, said Napa County Deputy Planning Director John McDowell.
The former Speaker of the House is the 15th-wealthiest person in the US Congress, according to disclosure forms.
'Neerja' Actor Sonam Kapoor
'Neerja' Actor Sonam Kapoor Talks Feminism With BuzzFeed India AOC Women's News
Kapoor's new movie 'Neerja' just became Bollywood's highest-grossing 'heroine-centric' film. Kapoor plays chief purser Neerja Bhanot, who became an international hero after terrorists hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 on Sept. 5, 1986.
“I’m a feminist and I’m not embarrassed to say it at all,” Kapoor laughed at an event earlier this month. “I’ve been saying it since I was 21-years-old, since I joined this industry.”
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ANNE'S TRUE LOVE: THE KIBERA SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
The alchemy of their remarkable union has drawn the support of community members and celebrities alike—The Clintons, Mia Farrow, and Nicholas Kristof are among their fans—and their work has changed the lives of many of Kibera’s most vulnerable population: its girls. Jess and Kennedy founded Kibera’s first tuition-free school for girls, a large, bright blue building, which stands as a bastion of hope in what once felt like a hopeless place. But Jessica and Kennedy are just getting started—they have expanded their model to connect essential services like health care, clean water, and economic empowerment programs. They’ve opened an identical project in Mathare, Kenya’s second largest slum, and intend to expand their remarkably successful program for change.
Ultimately this is a love story about a fight against poverty and hopelessness, the transformation made possible by a true love, and the power of young people to have a deep impact on the world.