- At a gala hosted by Emily’s List, a pro-choice political action committee, on Tuesday, Vice President Kamala Harris spoke out against the Supreme Court’s leaked draft in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade, calling it a “direct assault on freedom.”
- Harris addressed attendees saying, “Some Republican leaders are trying to weaponize the use of the law against women. How dare they? How dare they tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her own body?”
- The Supreme Court’s 1973 landmark decision in Roe v. Wade guaranteed the legal right to access abortion nationwide.
- The pending renouncement of the 1973 decision would overturn nearly half a century’s rulings on reproductive rights.
- The draft majority opinion was written by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote, “‘Roe’ was egregiously wrong from the start … It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
On Tuesday, Vice President Kamala Harris spoke out against the Supreme Court’s pending decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, calling the leaked decision draft a “direct assault on freedom.”
At a gala hosted by Emily’s List, a political action committee that raises funds to elect Democratic, pro-choice women into office, Harris responded to the recent news of the leaked Supreme Court documents revealing that the nation’s highest court had voted to strike down the historic Roe v. Wade decision.
South Korean president elect retreats on anti-feminist pledge to abolish Ministry of Gender Equality
- South Korean president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol, who vowed to abolish the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family on his campaign trail, has retracted his promise after human rights groups called the idea “a regression on women’s rights”
- Yoon’s transition team told reporters on Thursday that his administration intended to maintain the current government structure, although “the pledge [was] still valid.”
- Yoon’s candidacy was met with heavy criticism from feminist groups after he claimed that South Korean women do not suffer from systemic gender discrimination.
- He appealed to young, anti-feminist men who claim the country’s women have it too good.
Conservative South Korean president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol, who pledged to abolish the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family on his campaign trail, has retracted his promise after human rights groups called the idea “a regression on women’s rights.”
Ahn Cheol-soo, the People’s Party chairman in charge of Yoon’s transition team, told reporters on Thursday that the administration intended to keep the existing government structure.
- Gender equality activists are celebrating Ayesha Malik’s appointment to the Supreme Court in light of gender disparities in Pakistan and Malik’s own robust track record as a women’s rights advocate.
- Malik’s appointment succeeded by a narrow 5-4 margin.
On Jan. 24, a judiciary committee appointed 55-year-old Ayesha Malik to Pakistan’s Supreme Court bench by a narrow margin.
Domestic and international activists have been celebrating the appointment of Malik to Pakistan’s Supreme Court as an important step towards women’s rights in the country. Female judges make up only 4% of Pakistan’s high courts, BBC reports.
Since the Taliban takeover on Aug. 15, the Islamic extremist group has been violating women’s rights and targeting female activists despite promising the contrary, leaving many to wonder why Western allies have seemingly abandoned the people of Afghanistan.
Broken promises: Despite the Taliban promising to uphold women’s rights in Afghanistan, their claims did not last even 100 days into their occupation. Many international activists had anticipated this due to the group’s recurring past offenses against women.
Indonesian women applicants who underwent the mandatory ‘virginity testing’ for the Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police over the years are now speaking out about their experience.
Invasive tests: The practice, which involved inserting two fingers into the vagina, was described as “painful,” “uncomfortable” and “degrading” by the women who were subjected to it, reported Jakarta Post.
#MeToo leader Tina Tchen resigns due to criticism that she did not support Gov Cuomo sexual harassment accuser
Tina Tchen officially announced her resignation as Time’s Up CEO amid the aftermath of Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s sexual harassment scandal.
The resignation: In her Twitter post on Thursday, Tchen, the former chief of staff for Michelle Obama, said she was not the leader who could help Time’s Up, a women’s rights organization and legal fund, move forward and evolve, CNN reported.
A female Afghan mayor aired a plea of desperation as the Taliban’s control of Afghanistan sparks concerns for the safety of women in the country, particularly activists, journalists and politicians like her.
Potential target: In a recent interview with iNews, Maidan Wardak province mayor Zarifa Ghafari lamented that the extremist group “will come for people like me and kill me” as it advances aggressively across the country.
An Iranian woman, known as “Blue Girl,” who set herself on fire to allegedly protest the jail sentence she received for attempting to watch a football game, also suffered from bipolar disorder, according to her family.
Sahar Khodayari, 29, passed away at a hospital in Tehran on Sept. 9, a week after setting herself ablaze in front of a court in the Iranian capital.
International rights advocacy group Human Right Watch has called upon the government of Kyrgyzstan to exert more effort in ending the rampant practice of bride kidnapping in the country.
While illegal, the practice called ala kachuu remains an enduring tradition in Kyrgyzstan and many nearby cultures as bride kidnappers are rarely prosecuted.
Amanda Nguyen, the woman who drafted the Sexual Assault Survivor’s Bill of Rights, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Nguyen, who was raped in college back in 2013, worked with New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen to create legislation that would establish consistent rules and procedures for prosecuting sexual assault crimes.
Saudi Arabia has finally started issuing driver’s licenses to women after King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud signed a royal decree last year allows rights to drive in what is being considered a historical moment.
On Monday, the general traffic directorate officially replaced the internationally recognized driving licenses that many women in the country have with official Saudi licenses, according to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) via Al Jazeera.
Authorities closed a controversial school in northeastern China that trains women to be submissive to men following a massive outcry on social media.
The Fushun School of Traditional Culture, run by the Fushun Traditional Values Association in Liaoning Province, taught what it called “traditional Chinese virtues,” requiring students to wake up at 4:30 each morning and log eight hours of household chores under supervision.