Woman in Spain Arrested for Recruiting for ISIS
Boko Haram Carry Out Another Mass Kidnapping in Nigeria
Boston Uber Driver Arrested of Kidnapping and Raping Female Passengers charges
No Way to Tell How U.S. Funds Improved Afghan Women's Lives
Missouri Lawmakers Wants Allow Abortion Only After Father's Consent
A Missouri Republican is pushing a bill that would allow a man who gets a woman pregnant to stop her from having an abortion, Mother Jones reported Dec. 17. The measure would force a woman who wants an abortion to obtain written permission from the father first—unless she was the victim of "legitimate rape." Rick Brattin, a state representative from outside Kansas City, filed the bill on December 3 for next year's legislative session.
Isis Excutes Women Who Refused to Marry Fighters
Isis continues to perpertuate violence against women as Turkish media have reported that at least 150 women were executed for refusing to marry militants of the extremist group in Iraq. The Independent that relays the news on its website reported that the militants had attacked women in the western Iraqi province of Al-Anbar before burying them in mass graves in Fallujah, according to a statement released by the country's Ministry of Human Rights. Some of the women killed were pregnant at the time, according to the Anadolu Agency.
Rev. Libby Lane Becomes Church of England's First Female Bishop
The Rev Libby Lane, a parish priest from Crewe, has become the first female bishop for the Church of England, The Guardian reported Dec. 17. Her appointment brings to an end 22 years of resistance to the promotion of female priests.
At least two of three women who police said were indecently assaulted Sunday while using ride-sharing services in Boston had ordered vehicles through Uber, according to authorities, The Boston Globe reported Dec. 17. As of Tuesday night the three incidents did not appear to be connected, police said.
Wal-Mart Must Pay $188 Million in Workers' Class Action
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered Wal-Mart Stores to pay $188 million to employees who had sued the retailer for failing to compensate them for rest breaks and all hours worked, Reuters reported Dec. 16. Wal-Mart said on that it might appeal the decision, which upheld lower court rulings, to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Against this backdrop, three legal organizations that brought a class action complaint against Wal-Mart earlier this year for discrimination against pregnant workers have filed a new EEOC charge against the superstore. The charge is on behalf of Candis Riggins, a former Walmart worker whose job responsibilities—including cleaning bathrooms with toxic chemicals—were causing her to become ill while she was pregnant. When Riggins asked for temporary relief of those duties, she was denied. Riggins called out sick a number of times, and was eventually fired.
Supreme Court Refuses to Limit Abortion Drug's Use
The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked enforcement of an Arizona law aimed at limiting use of the increasingly popular abortion pill, NPR reported Dec. 15. In 2012 nearly half of the abortions in the state were via the pill, known as RU-486. The pill was approved by the FDA in 2000 for the first seven weeks of pregnancy and some with smaller doses can also be now used through the ninth week.The medication is increasingly popular as a cheaper and safer alternative to intrusive surgery, and it makes abortion available in areas where abortion clinics have had to close down under public pressure or new state laws. In reaction, some states have passed laws to limit the use of the pill; Arizona's forces doctors to use the pill only for the original, FDA-approved seven weeks.
N.Y. Democrat Pushes Bill to Help DV Victims Secure Public Housing
State Senator Jeffrey Klein, a Bronx Democrat, will introduce legislation next year that would make it easier for domestic violence victims to secure public housing, New York Observer reported Dec. 15. Klein, who is co-sponsoring the legislation, criticized the New York City Housing Authority for ranking domestic violence victims placed in shelters as a slightly lower priority for public housing than homeless families.
Hillary Clinton, Bloomberg Encourage Data Gathering to Help Women
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg are backing an effort to gather data to help women and girls around the world, the Associated Press reported Dec. 15. Clinton and Bloomberg made their push on Dec. 15 at the Manhattan headquarters of the billionaire ex-mayor's charitable foundation. Clinton says women across the globe suffer due a lack of knowledge about their health, childbirth conditions and workplace roles. She says data gaps undermine the progress of women and girls. The initiative is called "Data 2x" and is the result of a partnership between Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Clinton Foundation and the United Nations Foundation.
Migrant Women Face 'Insurmountable' Obstacle to Travel for Abortion
The Irish Family Planning Association says migrant women are facing "insurmountable" obstacles in trying to travel abroad for an abortion, Newstalk reported Dec. 15. These include issues such as trying to find money to travel abroad or arrange travel documentation to leave and re-enter the country. An audit of its services shows 26 women who were seeking asylum here or had other travel restrictions contacted the group for help in the year to the end of September. At least five of these women continued with their pregnancy and parented against their wishes, it says.
WeNews starts releasing today its finding on the access to reproductive rights in Europe. Read first story here: France Pushes Abortion Beyond Its Borders
Women's Advocates Want More Female Officers
Women's advocates want more female police officers hired since they display less violence than male counterparts during arrests, MPR News reported Dec. 14. Women's advocates say that the gender of police officers needs to be part of the discussion that is occurring in many cities following the recent deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in Missouri and New York. In 2002 study conducted by the National Center for Women in Policing, researchers found that in several big city police departments, female officers were several times less likely than male officers to be named in excessive force complaints and lawsuits.
'She Taxis' Could Be One Solution to Keep Women Safe in India
The alleged rape of a woman passenger by an Uber taxi driver once again spotlights the risks of India's transport system and one solution to keep woman safe is taxis by women for women. Last year, the southern state of Kerala launched 'She Taxis', a fleet of 40 pink taxis run by women, Reuters reported Dec. 15. The taxis are equipped with wireless tracking gear and panic buttons linked to call centers. Now the service has become a model for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to replicate nationwide, its chief executive says.