For all bloggers who take interest in repro rights, NCRW is happy to announce and support another of the National Women’s Law Center’s blog carnivals .This blog carnival “Birth Control” We’ve Got you Covered” will be hosted July 21st, 2011, and is an exciting opportunity to create change for birth control and health care by convening the multiple voices of passionate bloggers. As you may know, in the upcoming months the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will decide on which preventive services will be covered without co-pay in new health insurance plans- and various women’s rights organizations are working hard to make sure birth control is included.
Sunny Daly, Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager at the Ms. Foundation for Women and author of Changing Images of the Birth Control Pill: 1960-1973 has a great post up on the 50th Anniversary of the birth control pill. Says Daly,
"we would do well to remember that a pill alone can never be "the great liberator" of women's lives. Though its development was a revolutionary step in the right direction, research shows that education -- about sex, sexuality, and the choices we all make in relation to the two -- remains the key to securing the reproductive health of women and girls in this nation and around the world -- not least of all, on the national front, in the aftermath of Bush's federally mandated abstinence-only curricula."
After months of debates and delays, Congress finally put health care reform to a vote. The result has left progressive women’s voices split. Some feel that women have yet again been thrown under the bus as access to reproductive health care was weakened in exchange for moving the rest of the bill forward. Others feel that this is a historic moment where health care reform was not just talked about but actually acted on. Overall, the reactions have been bittersweet. There have been both gains and losses. Gone are provisions that deny health insurance based on pre-existing conditions such as being a survivor of domestic violence or having had a C-section. Nearly 30 million more Americans will have access to health insurance.
The National Council for Research on Women harnesses the resources of its network to ensure fully informed debate, policies, and practices to build a more inclusive and equitable world for women and girls. And we take that last part seriously. Girls cannot be left out of the equation. They are an important part of our movement for social change. As Chris Grumm, President and CEO of the Women’s Funding Network, recently said at NCRW’s afternoon program, the bifurcation between women and girls in our movement is unhelpful, dangerous, and may be holding us back. Recent research and advocacy by our member centers clearly demonstrates the importance of keeping girl’s voices and concerns front and center.
Jane Roberts, the woman behind 34 million friends of UNFPA, gave a special interview on Chicago Public Radio for International Women's Day. "Gender inequality is the moral scourge of the age," said Roberts. Due to gendercide, sex-selective abortion, and other human rights atrocities, there are 100 million missing girls in the world. To listen to the interview, click here. As Roberts said, "when the world takes care of women, women take care of the world." I think that's something we can all get behind!