By WeNews staff
Friday, October 5, 2012
Credit: Joseph Hill/nebedaay on Flickr, under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).
A coalition of 33 women's rights organizations marched in Cairo, Egypt, on Oct. 4 to present President Mohamed Morsi with a list of rights--including a law criminalizing sexual harassment –that they want enshrined in the new constitution, reported Ahram Online Oct. 4.
Women-owned companies grew at twice the rate (44 percent compared to 22 percent) of male-owned enterprises from 1997 to 2007, showed a 2010 report by the Economics and Statistics Administration, reported Reuters Oct. 3. According to the latest Census, 7.8 million companies in 2007 were owned by women; 90 percent of which were small businesses.
The Supreme Court has shut the door on a Nebraska anti-choice group that sought to require health screenings for women seeking abortions, reported the Associated Press
Oct. 1. Previous court decisions had ruled against the law.
Representatives for Swedish furniture giant IKEA apologized for removing women from some of the photos in catalogs shipped to Saudi Arabia. A company spokesperson said the blame lies squarely with them, not the local franchisee, The Wall Street Journal reported, Oct. 1.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that makes California the first state to ban a controversial form of psychotherapy that's aimed at "converting" gay teenagers to heterosexuals, reported the Associated Press Oct. 1.
The Connecticut State Supreme Court overturned the sexual assault conviction of a man who had sex with a woman with severe cerebral palsy and extreme intellectual deficiency, reported Think Progress Oct. 3. The court held that, because Connecticut statutes define physical incapacity for the purpose of sexual assault as "unconscious or for any other reason. . . physically unable to communicate unwillingness to an act," the defendant could not be convicted if there was any chance that the victim could have communicated her lack of consent. The court ruled that the victim's capacities--of "biting, kicking, scratching, screeching, groaning or gesturing"-- could have communicated lack of consent.