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Senate Sidesteps Wage Equality Issue



West Front, U.S. Capitol, Photo by mystuart

Michael Ransom, Senior Correspondent Last Modified: 13:02 p.m. DST, 15 April 2014 WASHINGTON, DC–The votes have been cast. The message is clear. Collectively, the United States does not yet prioritize wage equality between men and women. On Wednesday, Senate members voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill proposing more safeguards against pay discrimination. Currently, […]

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Sporting News: Saudi Women May Soon See Athletic Opportunities



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Michael Ransom, Senior Correspondent Last Modified: 21:36 p.m. DST, 10 April 2014 RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Progress towards greater gender equality continues in Saudi Arabia. Last year, King Abdullah allowed the addition of physical education programs in private schools. 2012 saw the first Saudi female athletes competing in Olympic games. And now, the Shura Council […]

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Wanted: Refuge for Women. Life Inside Syrian Refugee Camps



The Future of Syria - Birth Registration and Statelessness, by Photo Unit

Michael Ransom, Senior Correspondent Last Modified: 00:33 a.m. DST, 10 April 2014 DAMASCUS, Syria – By every metric, the Syrian countryside is a war zone. Suburbs are subject to aerial attacks and corner stores have become foxhole retreats from city gunfights. The death toll now exceeds 150,000 lives. Massacres waged by Syrian troops and rebel […]

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Death Penalty for Three Rapists Sets Precedent in India


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New Delhi, India, Gang Rape Court Trial, Graffiti Protest, Photo by AFP

Sarah Joanne Jakubowski, Contributing Journalist Last Modified: 21:33 p.m. DST, 5 April 2014 MUMBAI, India – On Friday, three men convicted of two different 2013 rape cases were sentenced to death by hanging. The heavy sentence and relatively speedy conviction are thanks to the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2013. Mohammed Kasim Sheikh, Salim Ansari, and […]

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Honor Killings: When Bloodline and Bloodshed Intersect



Shazia Mehndi Putting On Ring, Photo by Khadija Dawn Carryl

Michael Ransom, Senior Correspondent Last Modified: 00:49 a.m. DST, 2 April 2014 ANDHRA PRADESH, India – Pachala Deepthi tried her best to gain the blessing of her parents before marrying her sweetheart, Anantagiri Kiran Kumar. For over two years, Deepthi’s appeals fell on deaf ears. The man she intended to marry was an unacceptable choice, […]

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