Posts Categorized: Stopping Violence Against Women

Why We Observe Indigenous Peoples’ – Not Columbus – Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. — NOW is proud to continue to support the growing national movement to observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 14 rather than Columbus Day.  It is wrong to honor a figure who colonized, enslaved and massacred thousands of Indigenous People in the Americas.  Instead, we must lift up the experiences of Native American… Read more »

San Diego Rally Raises the Voices of Women and Girls Detained in Immigration Prisons 

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA –  Gathering near the Otay Mesa Detention Center, where a 37-year-old detainee died suspiciously just last week and sexual assault complaints have increased by 158 percent in the past year, hundreds of activists are rallying today with the National Organization for Women and our Unlock the Future partners for the humane treatment of immigrant… Read more »

San Ysidro rally focuses on treatment of immigrant women, girls at border

“The punishing conditions imposed by the Department of Homeland Security, ICE and Customs and Border Protection on immigrants at the southern border continue to threaten the lives of tens of thousands of vulnerable persons,” said Toni Van Pelt, president of the National Organization for Women, which organized the rally.

Feminists plan rally to support women held in immigration detention centers

“Immigrant families are being inhumanely locked away in horrific and immoral detention facilities in Southern California and around the nation, and women and girls are suffering the most,” NOW’s president Toni Van Pelt, wrote in a statement.

Kept awake by worries, Melinda Gates pledges $1 billion to women’s rights

National Organization for Women head Toni Van Pelt wrote in an email that she welcomed Gates’ investment, saying: “The more we see women in positions of power and influence, the more it will become the norm rather than the exception.”

Orwell Or Trump? White House Tells UN to Adopt Anti-Reproductive Health Doublespeak

Washington, D.C. — It’s not enough for Donald Trump and his henchman at the Department of Health and Human Services to attack abortion rights and put women’s health at risk.  At this week’s United Nations General Assembly, HHS Secretary Alex Azar tried to erase the words “reproductive health and rights” from the dictionary.  At the UN’s first high-level… Read more »

Child Abuser Mark Fugler Must Stay in Jail

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A former Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professor who was convicted by a jury of sexual misconduct with a child is getting the Jeffrey Epstein treatment by a Florida judge. Mark Fugler was sentenced to 15 years in prison in June for showing pornographic material to a 7-year old girl, masturbating in front of… Read more »

Unlock the Future for Women and Girls in Immigration Prisons

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thousands of immigrant families are being inhumanely locked away in horrific and immoral detention facilities – and the women and girls among them are suffering the most. Those fleeing to the U.S. are seeking refuge from sexual violence, assault and poverty and they deserve a fair and humane immigration process. If they are to be held in these prisons,… Read more »