When the words John F. Kennedy and women are mentioned in the same breath, what usually comes to mind are his tawdry infidelities. But there is another side of the story.
Hearing on NYC’s high maternal mortality rates for women of color
Join Women’s eNews and raise your voice for women in New York at the Committee on Health hearing on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the 14th Floor Committee Room, 250 Broadway, New York, NY examining the issues raised by New York City’s high maternal mortality rates.
Rita Henley Jensen, our editor in chief, will be presenting her testimonial based on Women’s eNews’ findings on the specific maternal mortality risks for women of color in New York. We invite you to join Rita and tell your story on the day. Your testimonial should address preconception care and maternal health outcomes, including disparate outcomes for New York’s women of color, immigrant women and uninsured women. You testimony must be under five-minutes.
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Fiji’s recently-passed constitution has been hailed by the country’s military-backed regime as a stepping stone to democracy and free elections next year, and criticized by rights activists for, among other things, curtailing certain freedoms and granting immunity to those behind the country’s 2006 coup.
For women’s groups in Fiji, their concerns center on the constitution’s failure to expand women’s status in the government and the weak phrasing around gender discrimination.
But for many women here, particularly in the outer islands, the controversial document isn’t even on their radar, said Virisila Buadromo, executive director of Fiji Women’s Rights Movement, a feminist group based in Suva.
Read on: http://womensenews.org/story/the-world/131019/fiji-constitution-debate-bypasses-outer-island-women
Pelosi Calls for Public’s Action in Immigration Reform
Democratic House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said at a Oct. 4 women’s conference in New York City that she supported the federal immigration reform law in part because of the impact immigration laws have on women. She encouraged the audience to participate in local rallies over the weekend and the national rally for immigration reform on Oct. 8.
The anti-immigrant laws resulted in many immigrant women struggling between supporting their family and raising their children and left them more vulnerable to domestic violence and deportation.
Pelosi was joined by House members Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY). The representatives also called for support for the Equal Rights Amendment, the Pay Equity Act, the New York State Family Leave Insurance Bill and the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Union pour un Mouvement Populaire mayoral candidate for Paris, is one of four women who will take the Mayoral seat in Paris.
So Many Women!