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.
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.
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.
In a women’s reading club in the northern part of Mumbai, members cast off their burkas and tackle the literary merits of the author-of-the-month. For many, it’s a rare chance to break the cloistered domestic routine.
While women-only taxi companies have begun to offer avant-garde services in many parts of the world, the U.S. taxi industry is a stubbornly male business. One female limo driver in New York says she likes the work, but warns the hours are long.
Women with disabilities often feel left out of domestic-violence shelters and unable to communicate with hotline operators. A national meeting in December may help spotlight a hidden population of abuse victims and survivors.
Activists warn that Roe v. Wade is in jeopardy like never before. Nov. 4 ballot measures would require parental notification before an abortion in California; give fertilized eggs full legal status in Colorado; and ban most abortions in South Dakota.
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.
(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.
In a New York photography exhibit female Muslim students show off a range of work and attitudes toward self representation. While some pose in personal shots, three refuse to be photographed for religious reasons.