On the heels of recently released global rankings that show a startling drop in political participation by U.K. women —now at 65th place from 33rd place in 2001—an Aug. 28 report by the Counting Women In coalition offers fresh annual data and urges parties to use the 2015 elections as a turnaround opportunity.
"Elections are a unique opportunity for parties to make a real improvement in the number of women MPs we have," Eva Neitzert, deputy chief executive of the Fawcett Society, a London-based leading women’s rights group, is quoted as saying in a summary sheet accompanying the report. “We urge the parties to field more women candidates in safe and retirement seats to ensure women are represented equally in their party.”
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.