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Mon

23

Apr

2012

American Nuns Reject Vatican's Orders

Last week, the order came down from the Vatican. American nuns will have none of it. (photo: Addicting Info)
Last week, the order came down from the Vatican. American nuns will have none of it. (photo: Addicting Info)

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By Wendy Gittleson, Addicting Info

23 April 12

 

Last week, the order came down from the Vatican. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an organization that represents 80% of the nuns in the US, was chastised for "focusing its work too much on poverty and economic injustice, while keeping ‘silent' on abortion and same-sex marriage."

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Mon

16

Apr

2012

New Arab order: In Morocco, uproar over marriage law tests Islamist government

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Thu

12

Apr

2012

Uzbekistan's policy of secretly sterilising women

he BBC has been told by doctors that Uzbekistan is running a secret programme to sterilise women - and has talked to women sterilised without their knowledge or consent.
he BBC has been told by doctors that Uzbekistan is running a secret programme to sterilise women - and has talked to women sterilised without their knowledge or consent.

From BBC United Kingdom 

Adolat has striking looks, a quiet voice and a secret that she finds deeply shameful. She knows what happened is not her fault, but she cannot help feeling guilty about it. Adolat comes from Uzbekistan, where life centres around children and a big family is the definition of personal success. Adolat thinks of herself as a failure.

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Tue

10

Apr

2012

Pope Benedict reaffirms ban on women priests, assails Austrian “call to disobedience”

(Pope Benedict XVI looks on as he leads the Chrismal mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Max Rossi )
(Pope Benedict XVI looks on as he leads the Chrismal mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Max Rossi )

From Reuters Faithworld

Pope Benedict has restated the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on women priests and warned that he would not tolerate disobedience by clerics on fundamental teachings. Benedict, who for decades before his 2005 election was the Vatican’s chief doctrinal enforcer, delivered an unusually direct denunciation of disobedient priests in a sermon at a morning Mass on Holy Thursday, when the Church commemorates the day Christ instituted the priesthood.

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Tue

03

Apr

2012

Myanmar leader praises elections as ‘successful’

KHIN MAUNG WIN/AP Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, arrives at the headquarters of her National League for Democracy party Monday, April 2, 2012, in Yangon, Myanmar. Suu Kyi said she hopes her victory in a landmark election will mark
KHIN MAUNG WIN/AP Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, arrives at the headquarters of her National League for Democracy party Monday, April 2, 2012, in Yangon, Myanmar. Suu Kyi said she hopes her victory in a landmark election will mark

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Myanmar's leader said Tuesday that elections won by democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and her party were successful, issuing the first government endorsement of the historic polls.

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Thu

29

Mar

2012

Sandra Fluke, Nicolle Wallace, Chelsea Clinton And More Talk Women In Politics

Huffington Post Politics by brenna.cammeron@huffingtonpost.com

 

For Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student who unwittingly stepped into the national spotlight when she argued the case for contraception coverage in front of Congress and was called a "slut" by Rush Limbaugh for her effort, the talk show host's slur wasn't only an insult. It was also an opportunity.

 

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Tue

27

Mar

2012

Patience Abbe, best-selling child author, dies at 87

The Washington Post

Patience Abbe was only 11 when the memoir she wrote with her two brothers, “Around the World in Eleven Years,” climbed onto the bestseller lists for grown-ups in 1936.

 

As the siblings recounted their nomadic childhood in Europe and subsequent move to America, their exuberance and unaffected observations charmed readers. Patience observed that a woman with children could always get a seat on a Paris bus “no matter how first the others were.”

 

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Wed

07

Mar

2012

Women in the World

UN's Bachelet takes stock of Women in the World

As some of the most powerful women in the world convene in New York for the third annual Women in the World meeting, the UN Women's agency is wrapping up its first year of operation. "The biggest challenges everywhere are political participation and economic empowerment -- and ending violence against women," said Michelle Bachelet, executive director of UN Women. 

 

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Fri

20

Jan

2012

The Million Moms Challenge: Helping Moms Around the World, One Story at a Time

Huffington Post

Terri Whitecraft


The statistics are staggering: Every 90 seconds, someone in the world dies during pregnancy or childbirth. That's 1000 women and girls every day. Yet experts say more than 80 percent of those deaths are preventable with access to basic medical care -- and that doesn't include the more than 1 million babies a year who are stillborn because their mothers did not receive needed medical care.

 

How can you NOT want to help?

 

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Wed

18

Jan

2012

Hope for Haiti's Women

Legal reforms look to protect Haitian women

Haiti's struggle to rebuild in the wake of the devastating January 2010 earthquake has included efforts to strengthen protections of the rights of women. The Ministry of Women's Affairs is working on draft legislation to better protect against gender-based violence. Amanda Klasing of Human Rights Watch writes, "[W]e must keep reminding ourselves and others that not everything in Haiti is going wrong. Women's rights leaders in Haiti are proving this again with their remarkable work to change the laws to guarantee justice and equality for women and girls."

From The Huffington Post

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Sat

26

Mar

2011

Breaking News:Geraldine Ferraro, first woman Vice Presidential candidate, is dead at age 75

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Breaking News Alert: Breaking News:Geraldine Ferraro, first woman Vice Presidential candidate, is dead at age 75 
March 26, 2011 12:15:14 PM
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Geraldine Anne Ferraro Zaccaro, 75, passed away Saturday morning at Massachusetts General Hospital, surrounded by her family. The cause of death was complications from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that she had battled for 12 years. 

Ms. Ferraro earned a place in history as the first woman and first Italian-American to run on a major party national ticket, serving as Walter Mondale’s Vice Presidential running mate in 1984 on the Democratic Party ticket. 

 

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Mon

14

Mar

2011

Arab feminism In light of the revolutions across the Arab world

What challenges are women facing in this new political era?

 Riz Khan Last Modified: 02 Mar 2011 15:18 GMT

 

 

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Mon

14

Mar

2011

The Middle East feminist revolution

Women supporting women inevitably leads to women supporting revolution. In Tunisia and Tahrir Square, women were at the front and centre of organising and leading protests, demanding social change [GALLO/GETTY]
Women supporting women inevitably leads to women supporting revolution. In Tunisia and Tahrir Square, women were at the front and centre of organising and leading protests, demanding social change [GALLO/GETTY]

 

Al Jarezza

 

Women are not merely joining protests to topple dictators, 

 they are at the centre of demanding social change.

 

Among the most prevalent Western stereotypes about Muslim countries are those concerning Muslim women: doe-eyed, veiled, and submissive, exotically silent, gauzy inhabitants of imagined harems, closeted behind rigid gender roles. So where were these women in Tunisia and Egypt?

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Fri

18

Feb

2011

“It is the women who have the guts in Pakistan”

A woman lights a candle next to an image of the governor of Punjab Salman Taseer during a candlelight vigil in commemoration of Taseer. - Photo by Reuters (File Photo)
A woman lights a candle next to an image of the governor of Punjab Salman Taseer during a candlelight vigil in commemoration of Taseer. - Photo by Reuters (File Photo)

 

The men in Pakistan need to step it up

 

greatly when it comes to supporting

 

women in social activism.

 

 

 

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Mon

14

Feb

2011

Gabrielle Giffords Brain Injury: Doctors Work To Help Giffords' Brain Rewire Itself

The New York Times added a number of encouraging details on Sunday night, including Giffords beating one of her nurses at a game of tic-tac-toe and using music to recover her speech:
The New York Times added a number of encouraging details on Sunday night, including Giffords beating one of her nurses at a game of tic-tac-toe and using music to recover her speech:

AP/The Huffington Post 

First Posted: 02/14/11 02:26 AM Updated: 02/14/11 04:05 PM

 

NEW YORK -- Compared to a sleek new laptop, that three-pound mass of fatty tissue called the brain may not look like much. But when it's injured, it adapts and rewires its circuits in new ways.

 

That's the kind of flexibility that doctors and rehabilitation specialists hope to encourage in Gabrielle Giffords, the brain-injured Arizona congresswoman.

Details about her recovery have been thin. But members of her staff say she recently began speaking for the first time since the Jan. 8 attack by a gunman in Tucson. Brain injury patients who regain speech typically begin to do that about four to six weeks after the injury, experts say.

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Sun

17

Oct

2010

Omani Woman’s Day Celebration

Muscat, Oct 17 (ONA)-The celebrations to mark the Omani Woman's Day, which falls on  October 17th each year, commenced today by organizing the Omani Woman Forum "A partner in Development" at Al Bustan Palace Hotel, under the auspices of Dr. Ali bin Mohammed bin Moosa, Deputy Chairman of the CBO Board of Governors and Chairman of the Tender Board and lasts for two days.

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Sun

19

Sep

2010

Elizabeth Warren on Jon Stewart

Elizabeth Warren's Greatest Hits (video) Friday 17 September 2010

by: Jon Stewart  |  The Daily Show | Video

Elizabeth Warren, the liberal activist tapped by President Barack Obama to help start the consumer watchdog agency she first proposed, today said she would pull no punches to stand up for middle-class Americans. 

SEE Elizabeth Warren on The Daily Show

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