By WeNews staff
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Female politicians were said to get most of the credit for ending the government shutdown. The first-ever European Union human trafficking report was also released.
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Senators John McCain, R-Ariz., and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., said on Oct. 16 that their female colleagues can take most of the credit for driving the compromise that is expected to temporarily reopen the U.S. government and raise the debt ceiling, the Huffington Post reported.
During the shutdown, Republican Senator of Maine, Susan Collins, created a three-point plan to end the government shutdown, The New York Times reported Oct. 15. Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski and New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayote, also Republicans, signed onto the plan. The trio found three female Democratic senators and the six agreed to support the plan.
Apart from the female negotiators, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren led a chorus of women's voices this week expressing dismay over the 16-day government shutdown that ended Oct. 17.
"Yes, we prevented an economic catastrophe that would have put a huge hole in our fragile economic recovery. But the reason we were in this mess in the first place is that a reckless faction in Congress took the government and the economy hostage for no good purpose and to no productive end," she said, The Huffington Post reported Oct. 17.
The National Partnership for Women and Families, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, D.C., said many of the families hurt by the shutdown will feel its effects for some time.
Meanwhile, American actor Robert Redford said women and young people are the solution to fixing the government shutdown and should be given the reins, CNN reported Oct. 16.
The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2122 on Oct. 18, which explicitly advocates for access to post-rape health care for women and girls raped in crisis or conflict, the Center for Health and Gender Equity said in a press statement.
Saudi Arabia has submitted its first-ever feature film for Academy Award consideration: "Wadjda," a critically acclaimed success from female Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour, Variety reported Oct. 16.
The Myanmar army is seeking female members for the first time ever, ABC reported Oct. 16. Before now, women only could serve as nurses in the army.
Antje Jackelen will be Sweden's first female archbishop in the Lutheran church, The Miami Herald reported Oct. 15. A little over half of the 325 church board members, at 55.9 percent, voted for Jackelen.
Apple appointed Angela Ahrednts as the chief of retail, doubling the number of women on the executive board from one to two, business news outlet Quartz reported Oct. 15.
With more and more women being specifically targeted as murder victims in Latin America and feminicide continuing in Europe, a group of civil society networks in Brussels launched a campaign Oct. 16 to stop violence against women, Yahoo News reported.
Arunachalam Muruganantham from Tamil Nadu, India, creates wooden machines with pedals that manufacture sanitary napkins in a three-phase process for 25 cents, National Public Radio reported Oct. 14.
The first-ever European Union human trafficking statistical data report exposed that 68 percent of victims to gender discrimination and sexual assault were women, the European Commission reported Oct. 10. Over 90 percent of women between the years 2008 and 2010 were sexually exploited.
However, men made up the majority of victims to gender and labor exploitation, about 70 percent as compared to 20 percent of women, between the years 2008 and 2010. The report includes data from all 27 E.U. member states, Croatia, Iceland, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey.
Read the full report.
A study conducted by ESSENCE Magazine regarding images of black women in the media indicates that most respondents saw a negative representation of themselves in the media.
Britain's Equalities Minister Jo Swinson, seven-months pregnant, was left to stand throughout Prime Minister's Question time in the House of Commons while hundreds of members of parliaments sat on the available green benches, the Daily Mail reported Oct. 17.
Rebecca Sedwick, a 12-year-old Florida girl, committed suicide in September after being repeatedly bullied in person and online by a 14-year-old and a 12-year-old girl, The New York Times reported Oct. 15.
Zimbabwean police beat up more than 100 women who were protesting against the several months of non-payment of their husbands' wages by the country's largest coal miner, Singapore's Straits Times reported Oct. 15.
Anonymous, a group consisting of computer hackers and human rights activists, have uploaded a YouTube video narrating evidence of the rape of two intoxicated teens committed by a high school football player and his 15-year-old friend in Maryville, Mo., Mother Jones reported Oct. 15.
In "No More," a study conveyed by the Avon Foundation for Women, researchers found that the majority of American teens and adults surveyed know a victim of domestic or sexual violence, but very few think it's a problem among their own friends, The Daily Beast reported Oct. 14.
A study revealed that women who felt a sense of entitlement were disposed to internalize beliefs, such as that women need to be protected by men or that women are naturally good caretakers, The Raw Story reported Oct. 16.
U.S. Magistrate Judge James Francis ruled that all Goldman Sachs Group Inc. female employees in investment and finance-related positions who reported internal gender discrimination must lodge complaints with lawyers, Bloomberg reported Oct. 16.
A 15-year-old military laser that detects objects in opaque water is thought to be applicable for breast cancer detection, CBS reported Oct. 16. The handheld technology, known as eclipse, will enable observation of tissue and cells, in contrast to home-detection kits that only enable the feeling of lumps.
Following the National Dialogue Conference, Yemeni women's advocacy groups called for guaranteed protections and gender equality in the new draft of the constitution, Yemen Times reported Oct. 15. The Yemeni Scholars Body said that women are not equal to men and suggested that any proposed changes were efforts to Westernize Yemeni society.
Benjamin Carson, a retired director of pediatric surgery at Johns Hopkins and a new FOX news correspondent, said women have to be reminded of their female duties to protect their baby, News One For Black America reported Oct. 15.
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