Latin American Indigenous Women Hold NYC Tribunal

To puncture official indifference, Latin American indigenous women are staging a tribunal on the sidelines of a U.N. permanent forum “to push back the invisibility” about what they suffer. “The justice system really doesn’t work for us,” says one.

Pro-Zygote Policies Put U.S. on Path to Nicaragua

Anti-abortion extremist Ken Cuccinelli just lost in Virginia but 40 members of the U.S. House are still carrying his “personhood” banner. To see where this could lead, consider the brutal treatment of rape victims in Nicaragua, botched abortions and miscarriages in El Salvador.

Repatriation Roils Rwandan Refugees in Uganda

Rwandan refugee women in Uganda face particular hardships under a repatriation push that started in April, with a July 31 target date for completion, a local advocacy group finds. Second of three stories on women and the repatriation turmoil.

Code Pink Flies Its Colors at Conventions

The back-to-back political conventions offer female anti-war protesters in Code Pink a chance to showcase their particular brand of daring and endurance. This week two members tried to upstage Sarah Palin and two more disrupted John McCain’s speech.

McCain Picks Female Veep; Backlash Sweeps India

(WOMENSENEWS)–Cheers For the first time, the Republican Party has named a woman to its national ticket after Sen. John McCain selected Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate Friday morning.Palin, 44, was elected governor of the nation’s largest state in 2006, becoming the first woman to hold the office. A mother of five and former beauty queen, Palin finished second in the 1984 Miss Alaska pageant. She will accept the nomination during the party’s national convention on Wednesday in St. Paul, Minn.Palin referred to Democrats Geraldine Ferraro, the 1984 vice presidential nominee, and Sen. Hillary Clinton, during a press conference Friday. “It turns out the women of America aren’t finished yet and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all,” she said.A staunch social conservative, Palin is expected to help McCain shore up support among anti-choice Republicans because of her stand against abortion rights.