Chile Offers Plan B; Trafficking Big Biz

(WOMENSENEWS)–CheersChile announced it would offer emergency contraception pills free to women 14 years of age and older, reported Sept. 6. This comes two weeks after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Plan B pills for over-the-counter sale to women 18 and older. Chilean Health Minister Maria Soledad Barria said women can get the prescription pills from a physician for free without parental consent. She said the initiative is intended to reduce teenage pregnancy.

South African Women March; U.S. Women Worry

(WOMENSENEWS)–CheersThousands of women and veterans in South Africa celebrated Women’s Day on Aug. 9 by re-enacting South Africa’s historic Women’s March of 1956, when more than 20,000 women gathered to protest laws that restricted black movement in white-controlled areas during apartheid, the Johannesburg Mail and Guardian reported.Earlier this year, Present Thabo Mbeki called upon South […]

12 Women Ordained; FDA Blocked Plan B for Bush

(WOMENSENEWS)– Cheers The Roman Catholic Womenpriests, an advocacy organization based in Watsonville, Calif., that recognizes female leadership in the church, ordained eight women as priests and four as deacons in a Pittsburg, Pa., riverboat ceremony July 31, the Pittsburg Post-Gazette reported. This is believed to be the first ordination ceremony held for women in the […]

Benin Bans Harassment; U.S. Ignores Workers’ Abuse

(WOMENSENEWS)– Cheers The Republic of Benin’s National Assembly voted July 17 to pass the country’s first comprehensive sexual harassment legislation aimed at protecting girls and women in schools, workplaces and in homes, according to the Women’s Rights Initiative, a program of the U.S. Agency for International Development. "By punishing sexual harassment and allowing women to […]

Blog: Calling Beirut From New York City

Nouhad Moawad left Beirut on July 2 for an internship at Women’s eNews. Majoring in translation at Beirut’s Lebanese University, the tri-lingual (English, French and Arabic) Moawad wished to spend the summer immersed in English and New York City.