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State Department human rights report will put women in their place, Trump administration style

State Department human rights report will put women in their place, Trump administration style

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“Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights,” Hillary Clinton said in Beijing in 1995, but Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson’s State Department isn’t so sure. Discussion of women’s reproductive rights and discrimination is being cut from an annual State Department report on global human rights after an unnamed senior official demanded the changes: The directive calls for stripping passages that describe societal views on family planning, including how much access women have to contraceptives and abortion. A broader section that chronicles racial, ethnic and sexual discrimination has also been ordered pared down, the current and former officials said. [...] In a statement to POLITICO, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that the way the department “pr
These Women Are The Only Reason Some People In Mexico City Get Any Water

These Women Are The Only Reason Some People In Mexico City Get Any Water

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MEXICO CITY — One person is killed every 25 hours in Iztapalapa, Mexico City’s most populous district and one of its most dangerous. Crime, poverty, and overcrowding are rampant along its seemingly endless hills and valleys.But for some residents, running out of water is the most frightening prospect of all.In certain areas, people say taps go dry for months. Angry civilians have blocked off highways and squared off with riot police, wresting control of water distribution from the government.“Crime affects us deeply but if you don’t have water, you can’t do anything,” said Marisol Fierro, part of a group of women in charge of delivering water to neighbors.Across the ocean, authorities in South Africa talk about Day Zero, when Cape Town is set to run out ...
Women compete at the Olympics, and according to the IOC, so do ‘ladies’

Women compete at the Olympics, and according to the IOC, so do ‘ladies’

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On Wednesday evening in Pyeongchang, Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall made history when they won the first women’s cross-country gold medal for Team USA in Olympic history in the Team Sprint relay. It was a finish for the ages. After Diggins sprinted past the Swedish skier in the final meters of the relay, and crossed the finish line in first, she collapsed in disbelief as Randall ran over and jumped on top of her in the snow to celebrate their monumental feat. It will no doubt be one of the most indelible images from the games. No Olympic sports are easy, but cross-country skiing is without a doubt one of the most taxing competitions. It’s not uncommon to see athletes collapse and barf after they cross the finish line. It’s a sport for the most fit, determined, and bull...
Retiring lawmakers warn GOP move to Trump will drive away women, minorities, youth

Retiring lawmakers warn GOP move to Trump will drive away women, minorities, youth

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Four Congressional Republicans who are not seeking re-election this November appeared together on Face the Nation on Sunday to discuss the state of the nation. Three of them — Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) — each sharply criticized their own party’s move toward President Donald Trump. Ros-Lehtinen warned that the GOP’s policies in the Trump era are alienating women and minorities, especially the administration’s “schizophrenic” approach to immigration policy. “When you look at the future of the Republican Party, I think that we would be foolish to not see that we’re heading into trouble,” she observed, noting that women are becoming Democrats and outreach to minorities has be
7 Tips for Women on Avoiding Unwanted Advances During Business Travel

7 Tips for Women on Avoiding Unwanted Advances During Business Travel

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Here’s an interesting question for today: Do you often get unwanted attention when traveling for work? What are your best tips for women on avoiding unwanted advances during business travel? Does it happen most often in hotel bars, on the plane, at the airport, or elsewhere? From coworkers, clients — or strangers? Do you ever feel unsafe during those experiences, or are you mostly just annoyed when you’re trying to do some work, eat a meal, or simply get to where you’re going?  The question of how to avoid being hit on when you’re traveling for work is especially relevant in light of all of the changes happening these days with sexual harassment, office culture, and the #metoo movement. As if flight delays, lost luggage, and jet lag weren’t enough, two i
While The World Celebrated Valentine's Day, These Women Held A "Missing Lovers Day"

While The World Celebrated Valentine's Day, These Women Held A "Missing Lovers Day"

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Years after Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war ended, there are still thousands of families waiting to learn the fate of people who went missing. As people around the world celebrated Valentine's Day on Wednesday, a group of women in Sri Lanka instead came together to remember their family members and other loved ones who have been missing for years. Ishara S. Kodikara / AFP / Getty Images Sri Lanka's civil war — between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil separatists in the north and east of the island — has been officially over since a ceasefire in 2009. But the reconciliation process has been slow. Ishara S. Kodikara / AFP / Getty Images An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 people died during the struggle betw
Dating Open Thread: What’s Your Best Dating Advice for Career-Driven Women?

Dating Open Thread: What’s Your Best Dating Advice for Career-Driven Women?

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Happy Valentine’s Day, ladies! If you’re happily partnered, what are you up to tonight (or this weekend)? If you’re still on the hunt for a partner, though, let’s have an open thread to talk about dating. What are your favorite online services or apps? Have you joined any IRL activities to try to meet someone? Are you open to dating at the office (and how does that look in 2018)? Whether you’re partnered or not, what is the best dating advice for career-driven women you’ve ever heard? For my $.02, I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I’ve always been of the view that I’d rather be alone than with the wrong person — and knew it was time to break it off with guys as soon as I rolled my eyes at them. As a Type-A, career-driv
Republican women react to domestic violence charges and it is … underwhelming

Republican women react to domestic violence charges and it is … underwhelming

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It seems that Republican women—well, at least the three the Associated Press managed dig up for this article—aren’t happy with Donald Trump’s approach to domestic violence charges. Emphasis on “approach.” And here they are, fired up and ready to kick ass against domestic violence: “It’s the mixed signals. They’ve just got to be stronger, more consistent, clearer in the message” to women, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said Tuesday. Here’s a thought, Shelley: If you’re not always strong, consistent, and clear in your condemnation of domestic violence, you’re enabling or covering up for it. It would be like someone not strongly, consistently, and clearly denouncing Nazis. Oh, wait, that already happened. “I’m extremely disappointed in this situation. Abuse is never OK,” Sen. Joni
White House Refuses To Say That Trump Believes The Women Who Accused Rob Porter of Domestic Violence

White House Refuses To Say That Trump Believes The Women Who Accused Rob Porter of Domestic Violence

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When asked by reporters, Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to say that Trump believed the ex-wives who accused Rob Porter of domestic violence. Video: Sarah Sanders refuses to say that Trump believes the women who accused #RobPorter of domestic violence. pic.twitter.com/ksCpufP9ea — PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) February 13, 2018 Transcript: Q: Does the president believe the women? Sanders: […] The post White House Refuses To Say That Trump Believes The Women Who Accused Rob Porter of Domestic Violence appeared first on Politicus USA.