As we process the tragic shooting in Arizona, read what members of the NCRW network are saying.
In a Women's Media Center exclusive, "Giffords Tragedy: What's the Message to Young Women?," Gloria Feldt writes:
The natural human tendency is to back away from public service after such a frightening episode. But the best way to honor the sacrifices of public servants like Gabrielle Giffords—as well as Judge John Roll who was killed in the attack and all the others—is to create a culture that lifts up and protects leaders who won’t be deterred by anti-government ranting.
In 2008, families in the lowest income bracket needed to sacrafice 55 percent of their annual income to send their child to a four-year public university. In comparison, a family in the top income bracket spent only 9 percent. As wages continue to stagnate and tuition costs rise, college education has become out of reach for many women and low-income families.
Increasing student aid to fill the gap between rising college costs and decreasing median family income is critical to ensuring that higher education is affordable to low-income students.
Yesterday, we got some excting news from Women Thrive and the I-VAWA Coalition: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) passed the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA, S. 2982). Senator Kerry, one of I-VAWA's lead sponsors and chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee stated:
December 10th was Human Rights Day, a day established in honor of the General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Each year, our calendar is filled with such commemorative dates—World AIDS Day, Equal Pay Day, Women’s Equality Day, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. On these days, proclamations are made, thought leaders gather for panel discussions and press conferences, and Facebook and Twitter accounts buzz with videos and changed profile pictures. For those of us in the business of changing the world, these days also offer us an opportunity to reflect on how we do our work.
“…capabilities to choose a life one has a reason to value”, Amartya Sen
Just two months ago the Pride Parade in Serbia was followed by a riot of protesters who attacked the police and demolished downtown Belgrade. By the time the rioting started, according to the reports from Belgrade, the majority of the Parade participants had already been in the safety of their homes, at times even driven there by the police in order to ensure safety. Among those who were unfortunately injured were primarily police force members.
This month signifies the importance of taking a stand for reproductive rights. Sixty-two years ago this December, the U.N. adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, setting forth basic human rights that underpin every person’s ability to live with dignity, enjoy full and equal citizenship, and lead a healthy and fulfilling life. A woman’s reproductive rights lie at the heart of that promise. When a woman is denied the ability to decide when and whether to have children and the information and means to do so, she cannot direct her own life, protect her health, and exercise her human rights.
The link between the human and women’s rights movements is largely unexplored, especially in the United States where many of the domestic, political tools that have been developed to promote female equality overshadow those that exist on the international stage. An American woman who is harassed in the workplace, for example, will not appeal to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights when she can invoke the protective and retributive devices that are in place under Title VII.