Monthly Archives: February 2006

Women making gains in decision-making

TweetA report by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) says that worldwide, women are making progress in national parliaments but that true equality is a long way off. Women fared best in Rwanda, Norway and Sweden, but there are no women MPs in nine countries, including Saudi Arabia and Kyrgyzstan. On average, women made up about 20% [...]
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Development linked to women’s rights, says UN official

Tweet At the opening of this year’s CSW, Louise Frechette, the deputy secretary-general, said that “the world is starting to grasp that there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women and girls.” “Study after study has taught us that no policy is as likely to raise economic productivity or to [...]
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Who has the right to refuse?

TweetDahlia Lithwick has a great op-ed about how pharmacists who refuse to fill emergency contraception prescriptions are different from doctors who won’t participate in executions. The similarities between the doctors and the pharmacists are striking: Both are refusing to participate in the performance of services acknowledged to be lawful — capital punishment and abortion/contraception. Both [...]
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Octavia Butler dies

Tweet Sad stuff. Octavia E. Butler, considered the first black woman to gain national prominence as a science fiction writer, died after falling and striking her head on the cobbled walkway outside her home, a close friend said. She was 58. A friend and colleague, Leslie Howle, noted that Bulter’s work explored issues like race, [...]
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Commission on the Status of Women starts today

TweetThe fiftieth session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) starts today and will run through March 10. The two themes of this year’s session are: Enhanced participation of women in development: an enabling environment for achieving gender equality and the advancement of women, taking into account, inter alia, the fields of [...]
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