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April 5, 2009


Watch Our Space: Dominique Soguel is will be filing a three-part series on sex trafficking in South America.



Cover Story: Panel Decries Neglect of Sexual Violence in Congo

By Dominique Soguel Congo has been described as the worst country to be a woman, due to sexual atrocities being committed in the eastern part of the country. At a New York media event late last month, African panelists tried to rally humanitarian attention. 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. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., introduced a bill to establish a 15-member federal commission on women; Shiite women in Afghanistan now need permission to leave their homes.



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U.S. Writers Get Canon to Call Their Own  By Sarah Seltzer

February 2009: female U.S. writers get historic treatment by Elaine Showalter. Read the full article at:

Citizen Blogging Boost Zimon into Local Politics By Jackie Bischof

Jill Miller Zimon's citizen journalism -- which includes monitoring Rush Limbaugh's recent outreach to female detractors--has spurred her to run for a city council seat in Pepper Pike, Ohio. "Any resident can help make our city better," she says. Read the full article at:

Women's Funders Take Cues from Community By Cynthia L. Cooper
After researching disparities faced by women and girls, the Women's Foundation of Minnesota is tackling them. The fund conducted a statewide listening tour and plans a policy summit to address issues like child care, family planning and job training. Read the full article at:


L.A.'s Untested Rape Kits Represent Lost Justice By Sarah Tofte
Human Rights Watch released a report Tuesday finding that Los Angeles County has at least 12,669 untested rape kits sitting in storage facilities. Sarah Tofte, a researcher for that study, calls it a case of major injustice to rape survivors. Read the full article at:

News Layoffs Aren't All Bad for Female Veterans By Sheila Gibbons
The massive layoffs and cutbacks in news operations are taking a toll on women who worked hard to make names for themselves in a male-dominated field. Sheila Gibbons talks to three veterans who have plenty to say, and some silver linings to report. 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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