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March 29, 2009


Watch Our Space: Watch our space for a new series on sex trafficking in Ecuador's porous border region and the impact to women's lives by Dominique Soguel.


Cover Story: Online Chat Spotlights Most-Ailing Millenium Goal

By Charlotte Cooper

MDG 5 envisions reducing maternal deaths 75 percent by 2015. Of all the promises to the world's distressed people, it is the least likely to meet its target. Last week, advocates in India and Ghana said more political willpower is needed fast. Read the full article at:


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Women's Media: It's Time to Focus on Funding By Ariel Dougherty

Media inattention to Women's History Month doesn't stop there. It extends to such deadly horrors as sexual violence in war-torn areas of the world. Ariel Dougherty says that's why she's spearheading a new way of funding women-focused media projects. Read the full article at:

19 Companies Certify as Female-Contractor Friendly By Jennifer Thurston ʉ۬
The president of the group that certifies companies as friendly to female contractors is pleased with this year's roster and sees further gains in an Obama review of federal contracting policy and the massive stimulus package. Read the full article at:

Female Candidates Enter 2009 Campiagn Queue By Allison Stevens

Female hopefuls are already throwing their hats into the ring for elections in 2009 and 2010, vying for vacated seats and challenging incumbents. Political observers say the interest from women could help boost their numbers in Congress. Read the full article at:


Women Need to Know Their New Jobless Benefits  By Mimi Abramovitz

The bad news is that so many people are losing their jobs. The good news, says Mimi Abramovitz, are three new rules about jobless benefits in the Obama stimulus package that are bound to help women and correct a major gender bias. Read the full article at:

Senate Bill Could Help Women Keep Homes By Sharon Johnson 

Women are almost twice as likely as men to hold subprime mortgages. That means the ability of many to hang on to their homes could be tied up with Senate action--expected this month--on a bill to reduce mortgage payments. 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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