Canadian Teen Gets Abstinence-Only Education Class Cancelled

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Canadian high school student Emily Dawson has a lot to celebrate this month. She and her mother, Kathy Dawson, filed a human-rights complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission last year after Emily completed a mandatory abstinence-only workshop that slut-shamed students and used scare tactics to enforce abstinence. Two weeks ago, the Edmonton Public School Board announced […]

C’mon, Congress—Isn’t 34 Years Enough Time to Ratify CEDAW?

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Known as the “women’s treaty,” the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women—CEDAW—was signed by the United States 34 years ago today. The United Nations had adopted the treaty, pledging to give women equal rights in all aspects of their lives, on December 18, 1979, and at a special ceremony during […]

Last Abortion Clinic in Canadian Province to Close

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When Kandace Hagen told the nurse at her family doctor’s office she wanted to terminate her pregnancy, the woman abruptly stopped speaking to her. But she scribbled the name of the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, New Brunswick, on a piece of paper before quickly leaving the room. “The entire atmosphere was very cold, very unsupportive,” […]

Happy World Population Day! Sex Ed and Family Planning Means Healthier Women and Children

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In 1989, the United Nations Development Programme named July 11 World Population Day—an annual reminder that issues around population lead to aggravated pollution, the overuse of natural resources, water shortages and poverty, among other things. Improving access to family planning education and services is intimately related to addressing overpopulation, but as we celebrate the 25th World […]

World Population Day: What Hobby Lobby Means Beyond Our Borders

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America’s checkered record on supporting women’s rights to birth control was further stained last week when five Supreme Court justices—none of them women—ruled that a corporation’s “religious beliefs” can override this most basic of human rights. The decision undermines not only women’s rights, but all of our rights to a more sustainable future. Despite decades […]

Senate Hearing Reignites Hope For CEDAW and I-VAWA

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Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), surveying the chamber before her, a room packed with senators, diplomats, feminist leaders, scholars and activists, proudly proclaimed, “I’m looking at an iconic picture here.” At last week’s U.S. Senate Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women’s Issues hearing on Combating Violence and Discrimination Against Women: A […]

For Every Somaly Mam, Countless Others Tell the Truth

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Everyone loves to build up a hero, and perhaps dismantling them just as much. By now many have heard of the scandal surrounding Cambodian humanitarian Somaly Mam and her self-named anti-sex-trafficking foundation. The story of degradation and then triumph that catapulted her to public attention has been found to have gaping holes in it after […]

Caroline Kennedy, Ambassador of Feminism?

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Who would have guessed that the newest face in Japanese feminism would be an American woman? Recently appointed U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy is busy navigating issues of Japanese dolphin hunting, Chinese territorial disputes and U.S. military bases in Okinawa—but she’s also discovering that feminism doesn’t end where diplomacy begins. First, some background about […]

Corporate Responsibility: It’s Time to Stand Up for the Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

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This week in Abuja, Nigeria, corporations from the U.S. and around the globe will attend the World Economic Forum on Africa. Yes, Nigeria. Where 234 schoolgirls (possibly more, according to some reports) have been kidnapped by terrorist group Boko Haram and remain missing. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan recently blamed the girls’ parents for his government’s failure to quickly find […]

Have You “Seen” the Kidnapped Girls of Nigeria?

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As many of us now know, more than 200 Nigerian girls were kidnapped from their dorms on April 15 in the northeastern part of Nigeria. The terrorist Islamist group, Boko Haram—possibly tied to Al Qaeda—has been linked to this brazen abduction, as well as to the mass murder of other school children (29 school boys in February). On […]