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First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani spoke at the U.S. Institute of Peace last Wednesday to discuss the role of women in the peacemaking process. Women in Afghanistan have largely been left out of these conversations in the past, however, the First Lady stated that Afghan women, “are no longer going to wait for peace to fall in their laps. They’re going to work for it.” Since her husband took office, Rula Ghani has been an advocate for women in Afghanistan. She has promoted education for girls and has worked to improve women’s representation in schools and within public offices. In her first speech as First Lady, Rula Ghani encouraged women to expand their roles and work outside of the home, an idea that 74 percent of Afghan people now agree with, a record high. In addition, a large majority of Afghans (80.7%) agree that women should have equal opportunities to men. But when women were asked to name the greatest challenge they face, 36.1 percent voiced concern over illiteracy and access to education. After opening remarks by Nancy Lindburg, the President of the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), First Lady Ghani elaborated on the importance of Afghan women having […]<div>
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Afghan First Lady Discusses Women in Peacemaking

First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani spoke at the U.S. Institute of Peace last Wednesday to discuss the role of women in the peacemaking process. Women in Afghanistan have largely been left out of these conversations in the past, however, the First Lady stated that Afghan women, “are no longer going to wait for peace […]

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The Department of Health and Human Services is currently considering a waiver that would allow Texas to receive federal Medicaid family planning funds despite the state’s refusal to follow federal law by banning providers who offer abortion care, like Planned Parenthood, from receiving federal Medicaid family planning funds. Texas also wants HHS permission to impose dangerous and unlawful barriers that would jeopardize access to healthcare for minors and immigrants. People have until August 4 to submit comments to HHS. Under federal law, Medicaid patients are supposed to be guaranteed the ability to receive medical services from any qualified person or institution that provides such care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as the courts, has consistently upheld this right, and forbidden states from defunding a provider simply because they offer a legal medical service, such as abortion. Texas has already demonstrated that excluding qualified providers from the family planning network severely reduces low-income women’s access to care. Since 2011, the state has refused federal family planning money due to the fact that they would then be required to fund family planning clinics that offer abortion services. This decision cut Texas’s family planning budget by 66 percent. The […]<div>
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Texas’s Dangerous Plan for Women Being Reviewed by Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is currently considering a waiver that would allow Texas to receive federal Medicaid family planning funds despite the state’s refusal to follow federal law by banning providers who offer abortion care, like Planned Parenthood, from receiving federal Medicaid family planning funds. Texas also wants HHS permission to impose […]

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The Feminist Majority Foundation joined Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), AAUW, and NOW to condemn the Republican’s discriminatory and deadly “healthcare” plan, the so-called American Health Care Act (AHCA) and draw attention to the threat it poses to women’s health, and the need for an Equal Rights Amendment.<div>
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Feminist Majority Foundation & Rep. Maloney Sound the Alarm on Trumpcare’s Threat to Women’s Health

The Feminist Majority Foundation joined Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), AAUW, and NOW to condemn the Republican’s discriminatory and deadly “healthcare” plan, the so-called American Health Care Act (AHCA) and draw attention to the threat it poses to women’s health, and the need for an Equal Rights Amendment. Related posts:Equal Rights Amendment One Step Closer to […]

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