March 9, 2006 |
Thousands of Pakistani women took to the streets Wednesday for International Women's Day to press for freedom, equal rights and an end to discriminatory laws. In this city in the eastern province of Punjab, 5,000 women rallied -- among them, Mukhtaran Mai, a woman who was gang-raped in 2002 on orders of a tribal council in a village near Multan, as punishment for her brother's alleged affair with a woman from a higher-caste family.
March 8, 2006 |
About 2,000 men marched in Bangladesh's capital ahead of today's observance of International Women's Day to protest acid attacks that permanently disfigure many women each year, organizers said. The protesters carried placards and banners reading "Stop acid violence, respect women's rights" and "Throwing acid is a heinous crime." Most of the victims are attacked by spurned lovers.
March 7, 2006 |
South Dakota's ban on nearly all abortions, signed into law Monday, has opened deep rifts within both the antiabortion and the abortion-rights movements, as the two camps struggle to frame the issue to their political advantage. The divisions have turned traditional abortion politics topsy-turvy. Some foes of abortion -- fearful that South Dakota has moved too far, too fast -- now find themselves reluctantly opposing efforts to protect all fetal life from the moment of conception.
February 25, 2006 |
South Dakota lawmakers crafted a direct challenge to Roe vs. Wade on Friday, passing a bill that bans abortions -- including in cases of rape or incest -- except for those in which the procedure is deemed necessary to save a woman's life. The sweeping measure, which Republican Gov. Michael Rounds said he was inclined to sign into law, seems certain to face legal challenge. Some abortion opponents say that is precisely the point.
February 18, 2006 |
Sexually abusing a teenager is a less serious crime if the girl is not a virgin, an Italian court ruled. It granted the appeal of a man identified as Marco T. who forced his 14-year-old stepdaughter to have oral sex. He now could get a lighter sentence. "I think we have gone back 50 years," said Maria Gabriella Carnieri Moscatelli, who aids sexually abused women. Luana Zanella of the Greens party also blasted the ruling.
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February 1, 2006 |
Two federal appeals courts on opposite coasts Tuesday declared Congress' ban on a controversial late-term abortion procedure unconstitutional -- making it a virtual certainty that newly confirmed Justice Samuel A. Alito will have the opportunity to rule on the issue in the future. Both the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco and the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the law was flawed because it failed to provide an exception when the health of a woman was at stake.
January 3, 2006 |
Iran ordered the closure of a daily newspaper and banned a women's publication in the first media crackdown since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became president in August. No reason was given for the moves, but a journalist at the economic daily Asia said it had been warned about printing photos of women deemed improperly dressed. Nour-e Banovan, aimed at women, had not yet been published.
December 17, 2005 |
Two suspected Taliban guerrillas dragged a teacher from a classroom in southern Afghanistan and shot him to death after he ignored their warning letters to stop teaching girls, police said. Thursday's attack occurred in Helmand province's Nad Ali district, Police Chief Abdul Rahman Sabir said.
December 4, 2005 |
Central African Republic told radio and TV stations to stop airing songs that encourage men to dump their wives, saying such music hinders national development. "It's out of the question that music of misogynist character should be allowed to ride roughshod over questions of equality and the respect of the Central African woman," a Communications Ministry official said. Polygamy is legal in the former French colony, with men allowed to have up to four wives.
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November 2, 2005 |
Chaundra Smith got pregnant last spring. Awash in conflicting emotions, she was sure about one thing: Telling her parents wasn't an option. "I just didn't want to disappoint them," the Austin high school senior recalled. But when Smith telephoned an abortion clinic for an appointment, she learned that state law required what she so desperately sought to avoid -- that her parents be notified.