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Gaps and Recommendations: Sterilization in Bihar, India
Far too many women undergo sterilization procedures in inadequate environments in Bihar, India, finds a study by the International Center for Research on Women.  Many health facilities, both public and private, are underprepared to perform such procedures. These and other findings follow an assessment report, the ICRW said in an April 27 press statement.  

Loretta Lynch Sworn in as Attorney General
Loretta Lynch was sworn in as the new U.S. attorney general, replacing Eric Holder, KWCH reported on April 27. Lynch, the country's first African-American woman to serve in the role, had her nomination held up more than five months over politicking in the Senate. "Ladies and gentlemen, it's about time," said Vice President Joe Biden at the swearing in ceremony. The Senate voted 56-43 on Thursday to confirm Lynch.

UN Women Report Seeks to Redesign Economies for Women  
With an eye on influencing the U.N.'s next set of major international anti-poverty targets UN Women on April 27 released 10 recommendations for strengthening women's financial security. The report finds that globally, on average, women are paid 24 percent less than men and women are clustered into a limited set of under-valued occupations. Authors call for the global economy to be redesigned with "the needs of women in mind."

Florida Governor Scott Signs Late Term Abortion Bill
Governor Rick Scott signed the bill deeming abortions to be illegal in Florida at any point in a woman's pregnancy if her doctor determines that the fetus could survive outside the womb, The Huffington Post reported on April 24, 2015. Current law prohibits abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother's life is at risk. The new law will require women to have a doctor determine whether a fetus is viable before having an abortion. It also removes the exception of psychological trouble as an exception. 

Emma Sulkowicz’s Rapist Sues Columbia  
Paul Nungesser, who has been accused of raping Emma Sulkowicz, also known “Mattress Girl,” has sued Columbia University, The Associated Press reported April 24.  According to the article, Nungesser claims the university did protect him against any gender-based harassment or defamation that occurred as a result of Sulkowicz’s actions regarding the rape, including carrying a mattress around as part of school project.      


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