Syria just opened its first official shelter for battered women and has enacted reforms favorable to women in recent years. But safety activists can’t rest as long as authorities tolerate families who consider it honorable to kill their kinswomen.
A Web site gives abuse victims a place to report their experiences anonymously and encourages them to make an official report. Filmmaker Angela Shelton leads the effort and plans to report her own abuse on April 29 in Asheville, N.C.
A spate of negative publicity raises the question of whether police are using excessive force against women. A nurse’s aide in Arizona, who faces a trial after being pulled over by an officer, says the issue is central to her own case.
(WOMENSENEWS)–CheersTwenty-eight thousand child-care and day-care workers voted to join New York City’s teachers’ union, the New York Sun reported Oct. 23. The United Federation of Teachers, the New York branch of the national teachers’ union, has been courting the day-care workers, who are predominantly women of color, non-college educated and live in housing projects, for two years.Union leadership says the victory will professionalize day-care workers by opening the door for higher wages, benefits and extra training. Day-care workers make about $19,000 a year, which is just above the federal poverty level.Union president Randi Weingarten said that any pensions or health care awarded to these government-employed workers will pay off in the long term. The addition of the day-care workers makes the teachers’ union the largest union in New York City.More News to Cheer This Week:University of Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt will become the first woman to receive the John R. Wooden Award’s ‘Legends of Coaching’ honor.
After a Pakistani woman was slain by relatives in Italy, an immigrant women’s advocacy group moved into action to make the murder the last “honor killing” in Italy and also deflect anti-Muslim sentiment stirred by the crime.
Since teens are often more comfortable talking about sex with their peers a handful of organizations train adolescents to dispense the kind of comprehensive sex education that is often missing from high school health class.
Today’s commentators say it’s a shame that Maureen Dowd should depend on such flaky research and flimsy evidence when writing about feminism. Dowd’s article, based on weak research, was the most e-mailed story from The New York Times yesterday.
When Ontario’s premier turned down Sharia law last month, he left a melange of activists–campaign leader Homa Arjomand, writer Margaret Atwood, parliamentarians and the Toronto YWCA–savoring a victory fought on many fronts.
In Afghanistan, a young woman’s murder leaves police wondering if the motive was political reprisal or a relative who thought she had dishonored the family. Either way, onlookers say the murder underscores the dangers of being a woman there.