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Contact:  Sandra Spady 212-244-1720


February 22, 2009


Watch Our Space: Watch for the Part II and III to this week's Cover Story. Part II will be a more in-depth look at the jailed Czech and Jamaican women along with more detailed discussion of why drug traffickers are targeting more women. Part III will report on conditions in the jail.


Cover Story: Ecuador Police Seize Foreign Women at Airport
By Dominique Soguel

A Paraguayan was on her way home from Ecuador when a man persuaded her to carry bottles of shampoo on the plane. Now she's in a Quito detention facility with a growing number of women on drug charges. First of three stories about women in the jail. Read the full article at:


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Cheers and Jeers: News from all over that makes us laugh or work just a bit harder. This week: Muslim Women Begin a New Push for Equality; Judge's Anti-Mom Bias Is Probed in Murder Trial.



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Lawmakers Join Push to Close Maternal Health Gaps By Kimberly Seals Allers

Advocates say a focus on maternal health is a critical component of any meaningful health care reform. Addressing deep racial disparities in maternal death rates remains an urgent priority in national reforms that promote women's wellbeing. Read the full article at:

Violence Funds Not Sheltered From Budget Cuts By Allison Stevens

A study on shelters finds they help survivors meet a wide range of needs and advocates are lobbying for more funds to run them. But they worry that shelters and anti-violence programs won't be spared from recession-related spending cuts in Congress. Read the full article at:  


Now Is the Time to Invest in America's Caregivers By Karen Kahn
The economic stimulus package approved yesterday allows states to use work-force development funds to improve training for direct-care workers. This is a good step, says Karen Kahn, but this vital part of the work force needs more help now. Read the full article at:

Lily Ledbetter's Search for Lost Income, Part II By Jennifer Thurston
Lilly Ledbetter lost her Supreme Court battle for fair pay. Now retired and a widow, her battle shifted to her Social Security office, which lost her February check. Her story shows how workers who suffer wage bias can feel the sting in retirement. Read the full article at:

Female Pols in Ghana Reflect on Recent Power Drain By Francis Kokutse
Two female parliamentarians in Ghana reflect on how much harder it is for women to win political campaigns than be appointed to office. Money, inexperience and social bias can all stand in the way. Read the full article at:

Commentoon by Ann Telnaes


Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Ann Telnaes is once again brilliantly sharp. See this week's Commentoon at:


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