Jersey Nixes No-Sex Ed; Nicaragua OKs Abortion Ban

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New Jersey has joined California, Maine and Pennsylvania to become the fourth state to reject federal funds for abstinence-only education, reported the Newark Star-Ledger Oct. 26. New Jersey health and education officials said they rejected the funding because new rules will not let teachers talk about contraception and that the strings attached to the money contradict the state’s own sex education and AIDS education programs.

U.N Focuses on Indigenous; Mothers’ Health at Risk

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For the first time, the United Nations has formally addressed violence against indigenous women. The International Indigenous Women’s Forum urged on Oct. 16 the adoption of the U.N.’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which includes an article to draw special attention to the needs of women. The forum, based in New York, issued the recommendation in a companion report to the Oct. 9 "Study on Violence Against Women" sent to the secretary-general, Kofi Annan.

Harassers Busted; Iraq Is Catastrophe for Women

(WOMENSENEWS)–CheersThe number of police arrests for forcible touching, lewd behavior or sexual abuse in New York increased 131 percent during 2006, reported the Los Angeles Times Oct. 9. The New York City Police Department has stepped up its enforcement efforts and has coordinated undercover stings to catch gropers and flashers in the act.”When you talk to women, you’d be amazed how many of them have had this happen to them,” said Assistant Chief James Hall. “To me, it’s a big quality-of-life issue.”Last fall, Holla Back NYC, a Web site that exposes perpetrators, was launched. Women post camera phone pictures they take of men who harass them, accompanied by a written account of the incident.In India, women are participating in night marches to rally for safer streets, Reuters reported Oct.