“Fetal pain” will be the state anti-choice legislation goal of the year; the search for child care in one of the nation’s most expensive markets; HIV is spreading in Afghanistan; and a conservative app gets the ax from Apple.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell falls temporarily – and with it the hopes of a repeal of the military abortion ban; the U.S. fails on almost all measurable goals for improving women’s health; Afghan women get a hand from the UN and a new report and more.
The Taliban succeeded in pushing back women’s rights by centuries. But eight years of international presence in Afghanistan have not improved women’s prospects by much if at all.
If the United States is serious about paving the way for a modern state, we need to invest in women’s empowerment.
According to a troubling story out of Kabul today, the rights of Shiite women living in Afghanistan—and
the relationships they have with their husbands—are significantly curtailed by a
bill signed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
From covering Certified Professional Midwives under Medicaid to ensuring greater access to midwives in war-torn Afghanistan, women deserve access to the care they believe is best for them and their newborns.
In our determination to wipe out terrorist cells in Afghanistan, can we please make sure we do not destroy the lives of the Afghani women?
Rep. Diana DeGette talks to Wendy Norris about a fact-finding mission to Afghanistan, the Afghan law that would have legalized marital rape, and the extraordinary lengths Afghan women go to access education.
31 people have died from swine flu-multiply that
by 17,290 and you come close to the 536,000 pregnant women who die every year
from largely preventable causes.
It is not surprising that the countries with the
highest maternal mortality are war-torn.
Perhaps best said by a woman in Eastern Congo,
"We are victims of war. We don’t take up
arms, but we, the women suffer the most."
The general view in academic circles is that democracy should provide for enhanced civil, political and personal rights. But for the women of Afghanistan, the impending presidential elections are already beginning to restrict theirs.