FMF Joins the Global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
In the United States, women's groups join in the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity.
Federal Appeals Court Rules Wisconsin Abortion Law Unconstitutional
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that the hospital admitting requirement for Wisconsin abortion providers is unconstitutional.
The scathing 2-1 ruling states that this kind of targeted restriction on abortion providers is unconstitutional because it lacks any basis to suggest that it improves safety at clinics.
Rising Support for Women's Education in Afghanistan
A survey of the Afghan people by the Asia Foundation for 2015 found that 74% of Afghans support women's access to higher education.
New Study Shows More Women Choosing LARCs
Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) is the "fast-growing" form of birth control in the United States, according to a new report released this month.
Researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics found of the 62 percent of US women using birth control between 2011 and 2013, 11.6 percent opted for LARCS with 10.3 percent choosing intrauterine devices (IUDs) and 1.3 percent preferring an implant.
Last Full-Time Abortion Clinic in Kentucky Vandalized Twice in Three Weeks
Kentucky's last remaining full-time abortion clinic has been vandalized twice in less than one month.
On the night of October 26, EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville suffered a broken window when an unidentified man bolted past protestors across the street and threw his body into the clinic's window.
Spotify Announces Impressive Parental Leave Program
On Thursday, music-streaming service Spotify announced the launch of a broad parental leave program that includes six months leave for new mothers and fathers.
Effective immediately, the Swedish-born company is offering full-time employees time off with 100 percent pay, which can be broken up into three separate periods and taken within the first three years of a child's life (employees who become parents by birth, adoption or surrogacy are all eligible).
Iran Appoints First Woman as Ambassador Since Islamic Revolution
The Iranian government has appointed its first woman ambassador since the Islamic revolution in 1979.
World Economic Forum Report Places U.S. 28th
The World Economic Forum just released The Global Gender Gap report of 2015 that ranks the United States 28th out of 145 countries.
Washington State Clears Planned Parenthood of Wrongdoing
A Washington state investigation into Planned Parenthood has found "no evidence" of wrongdoing on the part of the women's reproductive healthcare provider following allegations the organization was selling or profiting from fetal tissue donations.
Washington state joins a growing list of states where probes into Planned Parenthood have failed to turn up proof of any illegal activity.
Ohio State House Votes to Cut Funding to Planned Parenthood
The Ohio state House yesterday voted to defund Planned Parenthood in the state, only weeks after the state Senate passed a similar bill.
UN Reports Major Decrease In Maternal Mortality Worldwide
A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division reveals a 44 percent drop in maternal mortality worldwide since 1990, highlighting the successful efforts of the many international agencies to reduce the number of pregnancy-related deaths among women globally.
According to data compiled in Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2015, maternal deaths around the world dipped from some 532,000 in 1990 to about 303,000 in 2015, cutting the number of women's pregnancy-related deaths nearly in half over a quarter century.
Tabassom's Revolution: One Step Closer to the 21st Century
By: Gaisu Yari, Former FMF Afghan Scholar
Walking on a rainy day on Kabul's streets is harder than climbing a mountain in the winter.
Restrictions on Women's Health Force Women to Self-Induce Abortion, Study Finds
The Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) today released a groundbreaking report on self-induced abortion.
Private Funding Initiatives For Women and Girls Announced at White House Summit
On Friday, the White House's Council on Women and Girls hosted a day-long summit focused on advancing equity and elevating the status of women and girls in the United States.
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