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Women Gain Two Out of Three New Jobs in June
 
Women gained two out of the three new jobs in June, according to an analysis from Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Women gained 150,000 jobs and men gained 73,000 for a total of 223,000 jobs added in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. The overall unemployment rate decreased to 5.3 percent in June from 5.5 percent in May.
 

Afghan Court Rejects Farkunda Mob Killing Death Sentences 
 
An Afghan appeals court quashed death sentences imposed on four men for their part in the mob killing of Farkhunda Malikzada in Kabul in March, BBC News reported June 2nd. The young woman was attacked at an Islamic shrine after being falsely accused of burning a copy of the Koran. She was stoned to death, her body was run over by a car and set on fire. The court also acquitted the keeper of the shrine. Family members and rights activists have expressed outrage at the decision, which was taken in secret.
 

24-Hour Abortion Mandatory Delay Law Barred in Florida
 
A Florida state court judge issued an order to stop the enforcement of an abortion delay law, an ACLU press release stated on June 30.  The recently passed Florida law mandated that women seeking abortions had to wait 24 hours and make multiple visits to a clinic before the procedure could take place. HB 633 was set to go into effect July 1st.
 
 

Girls Scouts Return Sizable Donation, Support Transgender Girls
 
The Girls Scouts of Western Washington returned a gift of $100,000 after the donor stipulated it could not be used to support transgender girls, The Christian Science Monitor reported on July 1.  Megan Ferland, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, declined to name the donor, but said the organization had to reject their offer. “Girl Scouts is for every girl. And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to." 
 
 

Cuba Eliminates Mother to Child HIV Transmission
 
Cuba has become the first country to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to baby, according the World Health Organization. WHO director general, Margaret Chan, says this is a huge achievement and a critical step towards an Aids-free generation,The Guardian reported on June 30. Over the past five years, antiretroviral drugs have become increasinly accessible in Caribbean countries, as part of a initiative to prevent mother-to-child transmission.
 
 
 

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