Bid in Senate to overturn Hobby Lobby decision fails
A Democratic bill to overturn the Hobby Lobby opinion that allows religious closely held companies to refuse to pay for employees’ intrauterine devices and morning-after pills failed to advance in the Senate, CNN reported July 16. Nearly all Senate Republicans voted against the proposed bill. Democrats opposed last month’s decision, calling it unfair to women and their reproductive freedom. Read more @ cnn.com
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Rates of violence may be 4-to-10 times higher among those with disabilities than their non-disabled peers, found an April report from the Women’s Refugee Commission. Women, children and older persons with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to discrimination, exploitation and violence, said the report, and women and girls were more likely to report sexual violence, with those with intellectual and mental disabilities among the most at risk.
To break through the official silence about what they experience, indigenous women are using tribunals such as these ones “to push back the invisibility” they are suffering in their own communities and countries.
"But I think the important thing is what are we going to do for the girls in Nigeria? It is extremely important. And soon as the highest African women have been united, state heads of nations, myself my colleague Phumilize, the head of UN Women, Navi Pillay who is the high commissioner for human rights [UN], and Leila Zerrougui [UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict]. the four of us made a press release on behalf of these girls and we also wrote a letter to the President of Nigeria and the Secretary General [of the UN] has taken this issue very important. And I’m extremely happy to say, about, that our very good friend Hilary [Clinton] has also taken up the issue. I think if all of us put pressure on the president of Nigeria he has the primary and moral responsibility to protect his citizens. And I have to say in this regard we have to tell him to do more. We have to bring these girls back home. We have to send a very clear message, which i normally send for men who rape women and girls, that wherever you are whoever you are we will run after you and we will get you." - Zainab Banguraused her 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, 2014 acceptance speech to advocate for the kidnapped girls in Nigeria.
President Hamid Karzai’s government has let down Afghan women, according to the new EU ambassador to Kabul, who singled out the failure to end prosecution of rape victims and other abused women for “moral crimes” as a particular “disgrace”.
Franz-Michael Mellbin said that despite huge practical improvements in areas from maternal mortality to the number of girls in schools, Afghanistan was still one of the worst places to be a woman and a frontline in the global battle for women’s rights. Read more