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Scarf Ban Gone; Texas Rejects Planned Parenthood

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Muslim female soccer players will be allowed to wear specially designed head coverings during games after the International Football Association Board lifted the ban,The Huffington Post reported March 5. The new attire will be tested for four months. Soccer's international governing body, known as FIFA, has prohibited headscarves since 2007, citing safety concerns. The new headscarves will be fastened with Velcro rather than pins.




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girl soccer playersMuslim female soccer players will be allowed to wear specially designed head coverings during games after the International Football Association Board lifted the ban,The Huffington Post reported March 5. The new attire will be tested for four months. Soccer's international governing body, known as FIFA, has prohibited headscarves since 2007, citing safety concerns. The new headscarves will be fastened with Velcro rather than pins.

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More News to Cheer This Week:

  • Government programs that aim to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies save taxpayers between $2 to $6 for every $1 spent, according to a new study conducted by the Center for Children and Families, reported Ms. Magazine March 9. Media campaigns for safe sex can also save money. The greatest returns, according to the study, come from access to family planning through Medicaid, which can save $1.32 billion with an investment of $235 million.
     
  • Hundreds of women marched through Cairo on International Women's Day, March 8, demanding the right to co-draft the country's new constitution. Since the Arab Spring uprisings, Egyptian women have expressed deep concern about the future of their as Islamists reap the fruits of the revolt.
  • The average net worth of the world's wealthiest women rose to $11.8 billion, from $11.6 billion last year, Forbes reported March 7. The number of female billionaires is also on the rise; there are currently 104, up from 36 in 2002.
  • New York state warned health insurers that they would lose state contracts if women on Medicaid are denied their choice of higher-cost, brand-name contraceptives unless the patients had first tried cheaper, generic methods that failed, Fox News reported March 5.
     
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America has raised $3 million, since the Susan G. Komen furor began in early February, according to Lisa David, the organization's chief operating officer.
     
  • A controversial measure requiring women to wait 24 hours before undergoing an abortion stalled in the Florida Senate, Reuters reported March 5. The failure virtually ended the possibility of the passage of the bill before lawmakers adjourn later this week.
     
  • VoteVets, a coalition of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, released a letter from a group of female veterans calling on the American Forces Network to drop Rush Limbaugh from its programming, Think Progress reported March 5.
  • The European Union is moving closer to introducing mandatory quotas for the number of women on company boards after businesses failed to make sufficient progress in gender equality over the past year, ABC News reported March 5.
     
  • Nearly 400 chief executives worldwide have publicly declared their commitment to implementing the Women's Empowerment Principles during the next two years, UN Women announced March 6 in a press statement.
  • The Calvert Foundation has announced the launch of the Women INvesting in Women INitiative (which it calls WIN-WIN), which will invest at least $20 million in high-impact organizations and projects worldwide that create opportunities for women lacking access to traditional credit and funding sources.

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