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It’s a Girl: The Three Deadliest Words in the World
Last edited 12th August 2013

The United Nations estimates that as many as 200 million girls are missing today, the majority from India and China. What are the cultural patterns and individual stories behind this shocking statistic?


We Cannot Be Silent About Violence
Last edited 8th August 2013

I am not outraged (as some have responded here) that President Obama addressed the nation after the verdict in the Zimmerman trial. He absolutely needed to say something. He cannot pretend that he’s not African-American nor can he pretend that the experience of Trayvon Martin did not resonate with him. The notion that he cannot comment is asking Obama to not be human.


Cardinal O’Malley Presents 2013 People Of Life Awards To Three Women Leaders
Last edited 6th August 2013

A lawyer, a Franciscan health care executive, and a diocesan leader and social worker received the 2013 People of Life Award for lifetime commitment to the pro-life movement during an August 4 ceremony at the annual Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference held this year in Boston. The honorees were Frances X. Hogan, Franciscan Sister Jane Marie Klein and Barbara Thorp. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap., of Boston, chair of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), presented the awards.

Pope's women in the Church remarks urge a deeper theology
Last edited 1st August 2013

Recent comments by Pope Francis on the role of women in the Church not only assert that their status does not depend on ordination, but call for a developed “theology of women,” says a Catholic analyst.


Escaped Child Bride Nada Al-Ahdals Says: 'I'm Not for sale'
Last edited 22nd July 2013

AN 11-year-old Yemeni girl who escaped her parents and an arranged marriage has taken to the internet to declare: "I'm not an item for sale." In an eloquent monologue posted on YouTube, Nada Al-Ahdals says she fled to her uncle's house when her parents attempted to force her into marrying an older man for money. "I would have had no life, no education," she says in the video, dated July 8. "Don't they have any compassion?""I'm better off dead. I'd rather die."In an interview with National Yemen, Al-Ahdals says she wants to continue her education. "I have many dreams, I don't want to be married now," she says.

One Child, One Teacher, One Pen and One Book Can Change the World
Last edited 22nd July 2013

A week ago, on her 16th birthday, Malala Yousafzai, addressed a youth assembly at the United Nations in New York. Her brave speech followed months in hospital convalescing from a Taliban terrorist attack. She had been campaigning for the right of Pakistani girls to be educated and ignored warning to stop. On October 12 last year, a Taliban hit man intercepted her while she was riding on a bus after an exam and shot her in the head and neck.


Marte Deborah Dalelv, Alleged Norwegian Rape Victim, Sentenced To 16 Months Jail In Dubai For Sex Outside Of Marriage
Last edited 21st July 2013

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- A Norwegian woman sentenced to 16 months in jail in Dubai for having sex outside marriage after she reported an alleged rape said Friday she decided to speak out in hopes of drawing attention to the risks of outsiders misunderstanding the Islamic-influenced legal codes in this cosmopolitan city. The case has drawn outrage from rights groups and others in the West since the 24-year-old interior designer was sentenced Wednesday. It also highlights the increasingly frequent tensions between the United Arab Emirates' international atmosphere and its legal system, which is strongly influenced by Islamic traditions in a nation where foreign workers and visitors greatly outnumber locals.

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Dustin Hoffman on TOOTSIE and his character Dorothy Michaels
Last edited 16th July 2013

In this clip from the AFI archives, Actor Dustin Hoffman shares how the film TOOTSIE came to be and why he had to play the role of Dorothy Michaels.

The Evolution of the Swimsuit - Who Says It Has to Be Itsy Bitsy?
Last edited 4th July 2013

The evolution of the women's swimsuit is one place where there has been a visible shift away from modesty. In the current world of swimwear, small is often beautiful and less is considered more desirable. But designer and actress Jessica Rey asks, "Who says it has to be itsy bitsy?" Watch this video for more!


Do-it-yourself Cut Price Abortion Drugs Deadly Choice for Women
Last edited 2nd July 2013

"It is horrific and deeply distressing that the Government has decided to subsidise the medical abortion of unborn children rather than use these funds to offer real support and assistance to pregnant women," says Mary Joseph, Project Officer with the Archdiocese of Sydney's Life, Marriage and Family Centre.

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