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Male video takes on viral feminist anthem stir ire in Mexico

Dec. 6, 2019 9:06 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Born in Chile, the feminist anthem “A Rapist in Your Path” has become an international phenomenon, with activists in countries from Latin America to the U.S. and Europe staging public performance to denounce violence and human rights abuses against women. Almost as...

Democratic Senate candidate highlights stance on abortion

Dec. 2, 2019 1:19 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Rep. and Democratic Senate candidate Ben Ray Luján is affirming his commitment to preserving abortion rights for women. The six-term congressman said Monday in a statement that he will fight attempts to weaken the right of women to make their own reproductive health...

Delaware to mark 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote

Dec. 2, 2019 11:03 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state of Delaware will host events throughout 2020 to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the United States. Delaware State News reported Sunday that the planned celebrations include a march around Legislative Hall that will end with the erection of a...

In death and life, Lebanese woman shows religious law fight

Dec. 2, 2019 2:06 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Nadyn Jouny’s sister taped up two messages in her memory inside a closet at the family home — one of motherly love tinged with pain, another of defiance. The first Jouny wrote to her 9-year-old son on the one day a week she was allowed to see him under a custody ruling by a...

Suit: No privacy, time for women officers to pump at work

Nov. 27, 2019 4:09 PM EST

The Philadelphia Police Department fails to give new mothers the time, space and privacy they need to continue nursing when they return to work, an officer said in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. The sex and pregnancy discrimination suit said that despite legal mandates, the women are ridiculed, interrupted...

Fired officer guilty of using job to sexually assault women

Nov. 26, 2019 5:16 PM EST

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A former police officer in northeastern Pennsylvania is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to violating the civil rights of two women by sexually assaulting them. A federal judge on Tuesday accepted the guilty plea from 30-year-old Mark Icker of Dickson City for the attacks that...

UN launches campaign against gender violence targeting rape

Nov. 25, 2019 11:28 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. women’s agency kicked off 16 days of activism against gender-based violence Monday, targeting the often-unpunished crime of rape that afflicts women and girls in every country and has been used as a weapon in conflicts from Bosnia and Rwanda to Syria and Myanmar....

France pledges millions to stop deadly domestic violence

Nov. 25, 2019 4:01 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Under unprecedented public pressure, France’s government pledged Monday to seize firearms from abusive spouses and better train police as part of a broad national plan to reduce the number of women killed by their partners. Such killings happen around the world, every day, so common...

South Africa to reopen unsolved sexual offense cases

Nov. 25, 2019 5:29 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s president says a project to reopen unsolved sexual offenses cases soon will be rolled out across the country, and he calls violence against women and children “a great shame on our nation.” More than 2,700 women were murdered in South Africa last...

New Virginia museum will honor women’s suffrage movement

Nov. 25, 2019 4:28 AM EST

LORTON, Va. (AP) — A new museum honoring the women’s suffrage movement is set to open in Virginia. The Lucy Burns Museum is scheduled to open in January to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. The museum will present the story of...