By Jihane Bergaoui and Jan Erickson The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has long enjoyed a strategically fruitful relationship with the United States. In return for providing the U.S. with a geo-politically important Arab ally in the Middle East, and a significant economic and energy partner, Saudi Arabia has benefited from a complete lack of accountability… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Global Feminisim
Despite, or rather because of, the Nigerian government’s lack of effective action parents and loved ones of the abducted girls have staged protests and started #BringBackOurGirls.
In preparation for President Obama’s trip to Saudi Arabia, NOW–along with several other non-profits–signed onto a Congressional letter urging our president to confront the Kingdom’s human rights abuses, which include “violations targeting women.”
In the U.S. and around the globe, women continue to be targets of sexual and domestic violence. Women are discriminated against in the workplace, and disproportionately suffer from poverty, less access to health care, less access to a livable wage, and barriers to higher education.
In many cases immigrant women are more hesitant to report incidents of harassment because the perpetrator holds a position of power and may threaten to fire them or call immigration if they seek help. Undocumented women in abusive relationships often face similar barriers to reporting acts of violence. A partner may discourage the woman from leaving the relationship using the threat of deportation or separation from their children.
On International Women’s Day, NOW calls upon leaders in the US to firmly reject the austerity model that has been economically devastating to our sisters in Europe. Call it what you like — austerity, sequester, deficit reduction, balancing the budget. I call it a stealth attack on women.
Today, women and men around the world are rising and dancing to end violence against women and girls. NOW is a proud partner in the One Billion Rising actions organized by Vagina Monologues author and global activist Eve Ensler. NOW leaders and supporters are taking part in actions across the country.
Women’s reproductive health advocates believe that — as a fundamental human right — all women everywhere should have access to reproductive health and family planning services, including abortion. Unfortunately, in many parts of the world, women face serious and sometimes insurmountable barriers in obtaining those services. Women’s health and their families’ well-being suffer as a consequence. Tragically, women’s lives are lost unnecessarily because of abortion restrictions and lack of access to medical services.
Not only do early marriages limit girls’ access to education, but they also endanger their health. The leading cause of death for women 15 to 19 years old in developing countries is pregnancy and childbirth complications. Girls younger than 15 are five times more likely to die in childbirth than women in their 20s.
On April 9, 2012, the New York Times published an article about the strides women are making in Bangladesh . . . Despite the obstacles, Bangladesh has three percent more women in elected positions than the United States. In addition, it has had female heads of state for decades — an advancement the U.S. has not been able to make during its 200-plus years of independence.