2010 – Seven Who Rewrite the Rules

Profiles of seven outstanding leaders dedicated to improving women’s lives: Michael Dowd, Patricia Gruber, Ilene Lang, Ana Langer, Tonya Lewis Lee, Sarwat Malik and Maria Do Socorro Melo Brandao.

Inmates’ Rights Protected; Nurses Face Bullying

(WOMENSENEWS)–CheersThe United States Supreme Court affirmed a lower court’s ruling protecting female inmates’ constitutional right to leave jail to have an abortion on March 24.In 2005 correction officials in Maricopa County, Ariz., stalled a woman’s request for an abortion because she did not have a court order to obtain it. At the time, the county only provided transportation for “medically necessary procedures.” It took the woman seven weeks to get the order, CNN reported.In the case, Arpaio v. Doe, the woman won a lawsuit requiring the state to provide inmates with access to off-site abortions. The county appealed but the Supreme Court dismissed it. A similar appeal from Missouri is expected to reach the high court this summer.More News to Cheer This Week: The United Arab Emirates appointed its first female judge, Kholoud al-Dahiri, by presidential decree March 26.

Darfur Camp Breakups Intensify Women’s Danger

Peacekeepers heading to Darfur in January may be too late for women who are in the camps for displaced people. Aid groups say that Sudan’s wave of camp breakups is cutting off their access to food, medical care and protection from rape and trafficking.