Israel's government promised to adopt a series of measures to fight women's exclusion, The Jerusalem Post reported Dec. 13. Some of the proposed measures are new guidelines for public ceremonies, a hotline for women hassled on so-called gender segregated buses and penalties for religious authorities if women are excluded from burials were.
On Dec. 12 President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed fierce criticism of the exclusion of women from the public sphere, YNet News reported Dec. 12.
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- Researchers found that HPV tests of women between 29 and 56 could be used to find earlier detection of pre-cancerous lesions, allowing for treatment that improved protection against cancer, reported Reuters Dec. 14. The research found that HPV tests make sense for all women aged 30 or over, since they can prevent more cases of cancer than Pap smear tests alone.
- Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, sent a letter on Dec. 16, with 35,194 signatures, to President Obama opposing the administration's recent decision to overrule the FDA's recommendation about the emergency contraceptive Plan B, says a Dec. 16press releaseby NARAL Pro-Choice America. Obama supports requiring a prescription for the drug for teens 17 and younger.
- Women from South Sudan called on donors to invest in projects that ensure women benefit equally from development plans at the South Sudan International Engagement Conference this week in Washington D.C., reported The Inter Press Service Dec. 16.
- In Ghana a representative from National Youth Authority, Henry Adu, appealed to the Ministry of Education to include reproductive health education in the curriculum of junior high and senior high schools, reported Vibe Ghana Dec. 15.
- Tunisia's newly appointed prime minister, Hamadi Jebali, of the moderate Islamist party Ennahda, said "there is no reason to worry" about women's rights,France 24reported Dec. 14. "I can guarantee that Ennahda will be at the forefront of the fight to guarantee women's rights in all fields--politically, socially and professionally," he said.
- Google announced Dec. 14 it will donate $11.5 million to combat modern day slavery, PC Magreported Dec. 14. The money will go toward the creation of a coalition of various advocacy groups.
- A group of elderly South Korean women Dec. 14 held their 1,000th rally in protest of the Japanese government's treatment of them during World War II, CNN reported Dec. 14.
- The United Nations will hold an inquiry into the "murders and disappearances of Aboriginal women and girls across Canada," The Province reported Dec. 13. The Native Women's Association of Canada requested the inquiry to look into the 600 Aboriginal women in Canada who have been murdered or gone missing during the past 20 years.
- Fatou Bensouda, a lawyer from Gambia, was named the new chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands, on Dec. 12, reported The New York Times. She will be only the second person and the first woman to hold this position.
- Robin Lim, an American woman who has helped thousands of poor Indonesian women have a healthy pregnancy and birth, was named the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year, CNN reported Dec. 12. "Mother Robin" or "Ibu Robin," as she is called by the locals, offers free prenatal care, birthing services and medical aid in Indonesia.
- Sahar al-Shamrani is set to be the first Saudi Arabian woman to reach the South Pole, Al Arabiya reported Dec. 12. "By going to the southern hemisphere I am sending a message to all Arab women that nothing is impossible and also show the world what Saudis are capable of," said Shamrani.
- Planned Parenthood plans to expand its urban locations in Arizona from three to five, reported Public News Service Dec. 16. However, abortion services remain unavailable outside of the state's two largest cities.