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Congress Reviews the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women
Society & Culture  (tags: congress, women's rights, violence against women, amnesty international )

- 3144 days ago -
1 out of 3 women will be beaten, raped or experience some sort of violence in her lifetime. Fortunately, on February 4th the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) was introduced in Congress.
Adopt a Haitian Child?
Health & Wellness  (tags: haiti, adoption, human rights )

- 3155 days ago -
The U.S. has taken steps to fast-tracking the process of Haitian adoptions. But some have warned against adoptions, saying the best solution is to invest in restoring Haiti and to try to reunite families first.
Women Choose Suicide in Afghanistan
World  (tags: afghanistan, women's rights, human rights )

- 3174 days ago -
Women in Afghanistan are choosing suicide to escape "their dire circumstances," according to a new report issued by Canada's Foreign Affairs Department. Even in the relatively peaceful region of Herat, over 80 women set themselves on fire in 2008.
Indigenous Immigrants to Be Counted in 2010 Census
US Politics & Gov't  (tags: 2010 census, indigenous groups, immigrants )

- 3176 days ago -
The Census Bureau will tally immigrant indigenous groups, such as Maya, Nahua, Mixtec, or Purepecha, for the first time ever, hoping to get a more complete snapshot of a growing segment of the immigrant population.
Obama Names First Transgender Presidential Appointee
US Politics & Gov't  (tags: transgender, lgbt rights, amanda simpson, department of commerce )

- 3178 days ago -
Amanda Simpson has become the first transgender person to be appointed to a position by the President of the United States. President Obama announced Simpson as his pick for Technical Advisor under the Department of Commerce.
Zimbabwe's Education Crisis Shows Small Signs of Hope
World  (tags: zimbabwe, unicef, education, human rights, children )

- 3285 days ago -
Back in February, UNICEF Zimbabwe issued a press release to bring attention to Zimbabwe's education crisis. An astonishing 66 to 70% of schools were closed throughout the country, and schools that were open saw an attendance rate of only 33% ...
Women of Worth Say No to Skin Lightening
World  (tags: india, beauty women's rights, skin lightening, women of worth, dark is beautiful )

- 3290 days ago -
In India, where the skin lightening is a $318 million industry, the group Women of Worth created the campaign Dark is Beautiful to bring attention to the stigma placed on dark skin and to encourage everyone to embrace their natural skin color.
Department of Labor Releases List of Slave-Made Goods
World  (tags: slavery, child labor, department of labor, human trafficking )

- 3290 days ago -
The U.S. Department of Labor has released a list of goods produced by child and slave labor. According to the International Labor Organization, over 12 million people are enslaved, and about 218 million children work.
Update! Sudan's Woman and Her Scandalous Pants
World  (tags: women's rights, sudan, trousers woman, lubna al-hussein )

- 3293 days ago -
The Sudanese journalist who was jailed for wearing trousers, a violation of the country's indecency law, was recently freed. She vows to continue to fight the law which she contests is unconstitutional and has no merit.
Somali Refugee Camps "Barely Fit For Humans"
World  (tags: somalia, refugees, human rights, oxfam )

- 3297 days ago -
Due to violence and drought, thousands of Somalis flee their homes, but refugee camps are astoundingly inadequate. The largest camp in Kenya was designed to hold 90,000 people, but now has almost 300,000, wth 8,000 new refugees entering per month.
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