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Political Firsts
Countless American women have struggled to achieve equality with men and gain access to the boardrooms of power. Below is a timeline of women who have changed the face of American politics by being first to run for office, be it the Presidency, the Supreme Court or the Congress.
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Family Law in Morocco
Award-winning author Dr. Mounira Maya Charrad has been following women's rights and the implementation and evolution of the family law of Morocco for the past several decades...
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Environmental Warriors
Around the world, women have been at the leading edge of environmental activism, helping ensure a healthier planet for their families and future generations. The women profiled here are a just small sample of thousands of others who have put their lives on the line to restore and protect the environment...
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Del Ponte Administers Justice
There can be no peace, and hence, no democracy, where there is no rule of law, where human rights are violated, criminals run free and victims receive no redress. Justice is a key ingredient of democracy. And women have proven to be the key ingredient of justice. In 1999, United Nations Head Kofi Annan announced: "Justice is a woman." He was talking about Carla del Ponte, the newly appointed General Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)...
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Kuwaiti Women’s 1st Election Day
Until June 26, 2006, women were not allowed to vote or run for election in Kuwait. On that historic day, thousands of Kuwaiti women waited in sweltering 102-degree heat to cast their vote for the first time in their country's history. Unfortunately, out of 28 women who ran for parliament, not one was elected, although many fared well...
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Electing Dragons
Until 2008, election law in the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan allowed only one vote per household. Even though Bhutanese women hold the majority of property deeds and run households, those votes were almost always cast by men. This year, Bhutan enacted universal suffrage--granting the vote to all adult men and women...
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CEDAW in San Francisco
The city of San Francisco is notorious for breaking the United States' political mold. When it comes to women's organizing, the trend is no different. In 1998, San Francisco became the first municipality to adopt CEDAW: the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. A United Nations human rights declaration, CEDAW has been ratified by 185 countries around the world; but not San Francisco's own federal government...
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Organizing against Violence
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Kosovo's Constitution Considers Women
Featured Community Voice: Women for Women International When women are faced with the crisis of war or conflict, Women for Women International is there for support. The organization helps women in nine post-conflict regions rebuild their lives, families, and communities. It also offers a sponsorship program that connects donors to women survivors in places such as Kosovo, which declared independence in February 2008--a decade after conflict, ethnic cleansing and war crimes against women left the region in ruins...
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U.N. Conferences on Women
An extraordinary event in women's international organizing took place in Beijing, China, during September of 1995. Representatives of 189 governments and more than 2,100 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) convened to set forth a new agenda for women's empowerment and equality. The official conference and parallel NGO forum were the largest in U.N...
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