John Boehner Says GOP Should Be More 'Sensitive' to Women
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that he believes Republicans are making progress toward appealing to women voters, but they still have work to do, The HuffPost reported Dec. 5. "[We're] trying to get them to be a little more sensitive," Boehner said of fellow Republicans at a press conference. "You know, you look around the Congress, there are a lot more females in the Democratic caucus than there are in the Republican conference. And some of our members just aren't as sensitive as they ought to be."
Moroccan Government Under Fire Over Women's Rights Bill
Women's rights activists in Morocco have criticised the Islamist-led government for excluding them from drafting a proposed legislation to combat violence against women and for seeking to dilute the bill through changes, Al Jazeera
reported Dec. 5 The long-awaited bill is currently under study in Morocco. It comes after the adoption of a new constitution in 2011 that enshrines gender equality and urges the state to promote it.
AJWS Launches Campaign to Support IVAWA
As part of an ambitious new multi-year national advocacy campaign
, the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) launched a major push Dec. 5 to urge the U.S. Congress to pass the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA), which was recently introduced in the House of Representatives. AJWS believes that passing IVAWA is a moral imperative and it has committed to making this legislation the first focus of its new We Believe campaign
Gattuso Says Women Have No Place in Soccer
Former AC Milan and Italy midfielder Gennaro Gattuso said he cannot see a place for women in soccer, Singapore’s Straits Times
reported Dec. 5. The hard-tackling midfielder was commenting on the recent turmoil at Milan, where Adriano Galliani has agreed to share his chief executive role with Barbara Berlusconi, the daughter of club president Silvio Berlusconi. "I can't really see women in football, I don't like to say it but that's how it is," Gattuso said.
John McCririck Is Not for Gender Equality
U.K.’s most recognizable horse racing pundit John McCririck said he cannot stand Author Germaine Greer for what she stands for, referring to her book ‘Female Eununch, which he said is about ideas women are striving for but cannot reach, according to a press statement
. Going on to discuss gender equality in the sporting context McCririck added, “For example at Wimbledon in the tennis, women get paid the same as the men but women play three sets and the men play five. It’s absolutely indefensible.”
Michigan Lawmakers to Decide on Bill Requiring Women to Buy Rape Insurance
Michigan lawmakers are currently deciding whether to advance a bill that would require women in the state to purchase a separate insurance policy for abortion coverage, even in cases of rape or incest, Think Progress reported Dec. 4. If it’s approved, Michigan would join a long list of other states that have attacked abortion access by preventing women from using their own insurance to pay for it.
Saudi Women in New Drive to Continue the Fight
Saudi women activists have relaunched a campaign for the right to drive in the countrty, urging women to get behind the wheel on Dec. 28, Yahoo News
reported Dec. 4. Activist Nasima al-Sada said the call for action is a "reminder of the right so it is not forgotten and that women nationwide are being urged to drive on the chosen day. Activists say they will continue to fight until they get their rights, after 16 of them were stopped by police for defying the ban.
‘Disabled’ Mannequins on Display in Zurich
Pro Infirmis, an organization for the disabled in Zurich, created a series of mannequins based on real people with physical disabilities, working with individuals like Jasmine Rechsteiner, a Miss Handicap winner who has spine malformations, The Huffington Post
reported. The process was documented in a video capturing the joy of the models seeing their own unique figures recreated for the first time. The mannequins were placed in store windows Dec. 3, filling the shop-fronts on Zurich's main downtown street, Bahnhofstrasse, in honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
High Percentage of Babies Born from Disadvantaged Areas
Poorer women, older women and smokers are at risk of having a pre-term baby according to the University of Sydney study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health that also highlights a danger among Aboriginal women, Australia’s News.com
reported Dec. 4. The researchers analyzed births since 2004 to assess the link between pre-term birth and low socioeconomic status. A third of mothers giving birth to significantly premature babies live in disadvantaged areas, but only 28.5 per cent overall live in such areas, according to the study.
France's Lower House Passes Law Imposing Fines on Prostitutes' Clients
The French lower house of parliament passed Wednesday a reform of prostitution law imposing fines on clients, a shift to tougher rules which has split the country and angered some sex workers, The Guardian reported Dec. 4. Those seeking to buy sex will now face a €1,500 ($2030) fine, while the act of soliciting itself will no longer be punished.
About 70 Percent of Female Inmates in Latin America Incarcerated for Drug Offenses
The number of women in prison for drug-related offenses in Latin Amerca has increased drastically since the 1980s, new report published by the International Drug Policy Consortium reveals. Between 2006 and 2011, the number of women incarcerated in Latin America almost doubled, increasing from 40,000 to more than 74,000.
Chicago Police to Launch Domestic Violence Unit
Chicago will train its police officers to better respond to cases of domestic violence, CBS
reported Dec. 3. Each year, Chicago police get about 200,000 calls about domestic violence, and nearly 40 of those calls end in a homicide. The city will also establish a new shelter that will provide services for victims and their families.
Notre Dame Files New Suit Against Administration Over Contraception Coverage
The University of Notre Dame filed a lawsuit against the federal government over contraception requirements in the health-care law, The Wall Street Journal
reported Dec. 3. The university argued that the compromise offered by the Obama administration to resolve a standoff with the Catholic Church fails to address its objections.
British MP Highlights Lack of Older Female Sports Presenters
An British MP has criticised the lack of older female sports presenters on television, claiming that women over 30 are constantly overlooke, The Telegraph reported Dec. 3.
Labour's Jim Sheridan said those appearing on screen were young and attractive "with one or two exceptions" - while male colleagues tended to be middle-aged, fat and bald.
U.S. Abortions in 2010 Reveals 3 Percent Decline
Abortions performed in the United States have continued their trend of decline in 2010, according to a recently released report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Christian Post
reported Dec. 2. For 2010, the CDC reported that 765,651 abortions were performed nationwide, representing a 3 percent decrease from 2009 statistics.
Two Third of Female Journalists Harassed, Abused in Workplace
Almost two-thirds of women journalists taking part in a survey on harassment have experienced intimidation, threats or abuse in the course of their work, according to a study by the International News Safety Institute
(INSI) and the International Women’s Media Foundation
reported Dec. 2. Most incidents occurred in the workplace and were committed by male bosses, supervisors and colleagues, the poll found.
MP Says Deported Women Separated from Babies is 'Increasing' in U.K.
Pregnant women who have been deported but are forced to leave their babies in Britain is becoming an ‘increasing problem’, accordinto John Hemming, a British MP, The Telegraph
reported Dec. 2. Hemming made that remark after an Italian woman was forced to undergo a C-section by social workers.
Egyptian Female Protesters' Lawyer Arrested
Egyptian police arrested Monday Ahmed El-Hamrawy, the lawyer who defended 21 women and girls charged at a demonstration for ousted President Mohamed Morsi, CNN
reported dec. 2. El-Hamrawy and five others were arrested for “incitement of violence.” Fourteen of the women were sentenced on Nov. 27 to 11 years in prison, and the seven minors were sentenced to juvenile detention.
ACLU Sues Bishops for Denying Care to Pregnant Woman at Catholic Hospital
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a pregnant woman who miscarried and was denied appropriate medical treatment because the only hospital in her county is required to abide by religious directives, ACLU announced in a press statement
Two Saudi Women Arrested for Driving Ban Breach
Two of Saudi Arabia's best-known female advocates for lifting the ban on women driving were detained on Nov. 29 after being caught behind the wheel in the country's capital, CNN
reported dec. 1 Aziza Al-Yousef, who was driving the car, and her passenger, Eman Al-Nafjan, told CNN they were pulled over and spent a few hours at a police station in Riyadh until being released into the custody of their respective husbands.
Same-Sex Marriage Begins in Hawaii
Same-sex couples begin to marry in Hawaii after a new law allowing such a union took effect at midnight Sunday. Six couples already tied the knot early today USA Today
reported Dec. 1. In the islands, same sex-couple can register for a licence and marry the same day.
War in Syria Causes Labor Child, 'Stateless' Babies
The war in Syria is creating a generation of damaged children, a UN report warns
, BBC News reported Nov. 29. School-age refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries are increasingly cut off from education and forced to work to survive, the study found. As many as 300,000 living in Lebanon and Jordan could be without schooling by the end of 2013, the UNHCR says. The study also found evidence of high numbers of children being born "stateless", with host countries failing to register the majority of babies born in refugee camps.
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