Monday, October 29, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
I wish for peace in all the Muslim nations our govt - the US - is currently bombing and killing 4-year-olds in. In case there is any confusion, the reason Americans were killed in Libya (as much as I denounce that act of terrorism), and there were protests elsewhere, is not a stupid film. It is American bombs in the Muslim world. http://youngfeministtaskforce.blogspot.com/2012/10/as-long-its-muslim-4-year-old-and-not.html and http://muslimvillage.com/2012/10/21/30335/the-real-reason-why-u-s-citizens-were-killed-in-libya/
Please read below a thoughtful post from sister National Organization for Women Board member Laurie, who explains the fear many Muslim American women and men experience on a daily basis.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Please join NOW Membership Vice President Allendra Letsome at the Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. "Ray of Hope Walk to End Violence Against Women" this Sunday, Oct. 28 at Riverside Park in New York City at 8:00 a.m.
Omega Phi Beta's Ray of Hope Walk raises money to support organizations that take action to end gender violence. And this year they have partnered with NOW, naming them as a beneficiary of the event.
In addition to the walk, the event will include performances by survivors, information booths and more.
There's still time to register -- we hope to see you there!
Please visit the Ray of Hope Walk website for more information.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Press Office 202-628-8669, ext. 116
Richard Mourdock is Romney Unmasked
Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill
October 24, 2011
Last night Republican candidate Richard Mourdock confirmed what Todd Akin brought to light earlier -- that the radical fringe currently in control of the GOP holds misogynistic and deeply unpopular views about women, rape and reproductive rights. Anyone who thinks Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is a moderate who stands apart from this fringe should think again.
During a debate for Indiana's open U.S. Senate seat, Mourdock asserted that when a woman becomes pregnant from a rape "that's something God intended." Romney attempted to distance himself from Mourdock's pronouncement, but he has yet to withdraw his endorsement of the candidate or call for him to stop running a TV ad that features Romney expressing support for Mourdock.
Voters should understand that Mourdock and Romney are soul-mates who think they know what's best for women. They seek to re-victimize rape survivors, control women's reproductive lives by criminalizing abortion and blocking their access to contraception, and deny women autonomy over their bodies and lives. Mourdock is simply Romney unmasked, and their brand of governing is a threat to women in Indiana and throughout the United States.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Blueprint for Accountability: Drone Warfare
Monday, October 29
Culture Project (45 Bleecker Street, New York City)
$15 for regular admission ticket, $10 for student or senior admission.
The Mail on Sunday today reveals shocking new evidence of the full horrific impact of US drone attacks in Pakistan.
Monday, October 22, 2012
While the Republicans make political hay from last month's killings in Libya, the real source of U.S. woes in the Middle East goes unsaid.
State by state info – the shenanigans are everywhere and we need our side to have the correct information. Forgive duplication. pat
We also have other pieces of voter education material that can be found on our website at http://www.866ourvote.org/pages/voter-education-materials.
ELECTION PROTECTION * YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE!
nominating Pakistan's 14-year old Malala Yusufzai for the next Nobel Peace Prize.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Afghan Clerics Denounce Violence Against Women
By Solmaz Sharif
Friday, October 19, 2012
Women's rights activists in Afghanistan take hope after religious leaders speak out against violence against girls and women, promote female education and discourage child marriage.
"Violence is found in a place where there is no understanding of religion and religious knowledge is low or absent," Mohammad Yousuf Niazi, minister of Hajj and Islamic affairs told conference participants. "I am asking the Islamic community to inform people and families about what the Quran had said and how it condemns the abuse of women."
The clerics' conference statement said that forced marriage and child marriage are against Sharia and encouraged people to cooperate with the education of female citizens.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
October 18, 2012
Please forward widely!
Since VAWA Expired
Since Congress' Last Action on VAWA
Congress has some unfinished business.
They MUST PASS the Violence Against Women Act
when they reconvene in November!
Advocates should use the next 18 days before the election to let the candidates know that we need VAWA done now!
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
NOW's official statement with my quote: Malala Yousafzai Stands for All Girls, Inspires Action in U.S.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Dr. Michelle Bachelet is the first Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. Under her leadership, UN Women leads, supports and coordinates the work on gender equality and the empowerment of women at global, regional and country levels.
Dr. Bachelet most recently served as President of Chile from 2006 to 2010. A long-time champion of women's rights, she has advocated for gender equality and women's empowerment throughout her career. As Defense Minister, she introduced gender policies intended to improve the conditions of women in the military and police forces. As Minister of Health, she implemented health-care reform, improving attention to primary care facilities with the aim of ensuring better and faster health-care responses for families.
Please join the Women's City Club as we honor Michelle Bachelet with the Eleanor Roosevelt "Moving History Forward" Award. Dr. Bachelet truly represents Eleanor's vision, integrity and commitment to human rights and women's empowerment. Her tireless advocacy for justice and equality inspires all people to live their lives in dignity and freedom. Dr. Bachelet acts boldly to implement the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, former WCC member Eleanor's greatest achievement, and continues to inspire and implement change across the globe.
Wednesday, October 31st
Reception at 11:30 am; Program starts at 12:00 pm
3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street
WCC and Co-Sponsor Members: $25; Guests: $40
Click here to RSVP.
Co-Sponsors (list in formation):
Committee on the Status of Women - New York
Medical Women's International Association
Thursday, October 11, 2012
I disagree with Kristoff on certain points, such as his minimizing the drone attacks. I have heard Afghani feminists speak, and the war is a huge threat to the country. A girl's education is not going to matter much if she is dead from the war. The argument to keep bombing and raping these Muslim nations for the sake of the women is far too similar to the justification used in the 18th and 19th century of the "white man's burden" to colonialize other people of color.
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
During the past year, our collective work ensured that the Senate passed a bipartisan, inclusive and survivor-focused Violence Against Women Re-Authorization bill and have kept Congress and the media focused on the needs of survivors! Our advocacy ensured that a dangerous VAWA bill in the House barely passed with limited and very partisan support. At the beginning of October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), the White House issued a statement acknowledging the need for inclusive responses to domestic violence: "Despite considerable progress in reducing domestic violence, an average of three women in the United States lose their lives every day as a result of these unconscionable acts. And while women between the ages of 16 and 24 are among the most vulnerable to intimate partner violence, domestic violence affects people regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, race, or religion." At the same time, the issue of rape has remained front and center in our nation's consciousness and a comprehensive policy response is needed.
We can capitalize on our momentum and the public focus on women's issues and get VAWA passed by the end of this year! But to do so we need to make sure that VAWA is an election issue and a priority for every legislator during the "lame duck" session in Congress (after they come back from the election through the end of the year).
Let's keep the pressure on – because together we can get this bill passed!
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and 3 women lose their lives every day to this crime. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner. Rape, affecting 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men, is unacceptable. ALL victims of violence must be protected. Yet VAWA expired over a year ago. VAWA reauthorization MUST be a priority in the lame duck session! Please tell your colleagues and Congressional leadership that you want to see VAWA reauthorized now. Will you publicly state before the election that passing VAWA this year is one of your highest priorities?
You can also tweet:
@[your legislator]: What are you doing to make sure #VAWA is reauthorized in lame duck? #DVAM2012
@[your legislator]: Make #VAWA a lame duck priority – reauthorize it now! #DVAM2012
@[your legislator]: Rape is rape. Will you let rape victims know you want to help? Prioritize passing #VAWA in lame duck.
@[your legislator]: Oct is DV Awareness Month. Reauthorize #VAWA now for ALL survivors! #DVAM2012
Want more info: go to www.4vawa.org
Tuesday, October 9, 2012