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WMC Daily News Brief: Women News Veterans, Employment Law, Brazil

March 30, 2009

News Layoffs Aren't All Bad For Female Veterans

3/30/09

Women's eNews: 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.


When The Stork Carries A Pink Slip  

3/28/09

NY Times: It may not sound fair, as the national layoff tsunami is swamping even households with new infants, or babies en route. But it is entirely legal to lay off a pregnant woman or a woman on maternity leave — as long as the employer can make the case that she is being let go for a reason unrelated to her pregnancy.


Amid Abuse In Brazil, Abortion Debate Flares  

3/28/09

NY Times: The waiting room at Pérola Byington Hospital resembles a small day care center many days. Young girls play on the cold tile floors or rock hyperactively in plastic chairs, while their mothers stare pensively at the red digital readout on a wall, signaling their place in line.


An Englishwoman In Paris Takes The Tribune Into Its Digital Future  

3/30/09

The Independent: Alison Smale, the most powerful British female editor overseas, tells Ian Burrell how her global paper has been made over in print and online


Obama Brings Flush Times For Black News Media 

3/28/09

NY Times: For the nation’s black magazines, newspapers, and television and radio stations, the arrival of the Obama administration has ushered in an era of unprecedented access to the White House.


Huffington Post To Create Investigative Reporting Team 

3/29/09

CBC News (Canada): The Huffington Post has announced it will bankroll a group of investigative journalists by teaming up with donors and other organizations.


European Newspapers Find Creative Ways To Thrive In The Internet Age  

3/30/09

NY Times: As the death toll in the American newspaper industry mounted this month, the German publisher Axel Springer, which owns Bild, the biggest newspaper in Europe, reported the highest profit in its 62-year history.


Kansas Governor Signs Bill on Offering Ultrasounds Before Abortion 

3/29/09

AP via NY Times: Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama’s nominee to lead the Health and Human Services Department, has signed a bill requiring that women seeking abortions in Kansas be allowed to see ultrasound images or hear the fetus’s heartbeat before the procedure.


Muslim Women In U.S. Struggle To Balance Western Freedoms And Islamic Culture  

3/28/09

FOX: The "call to prayer" is a sound heard five times a day in this city, but this is not the Middle East. It’s Dearborn, Michigan — which has the largest Arab-American population in the U.S.


Jurors Acquit Kansas Doctor In A Late-Term Abortion Case  

3/28/09

NY Times: After years of investigations and four days of testimony, jurors here took just 45 minutes on Friday to acquit a controversial abortion doctor of charges that he performed 19 illegal late-term abortions in 2003.


Don’t Deport Benita Veliz  

3/28/09

NY Times: A question from the realm of the unanswerable: How will this country be a better place once we force Benita Veliz to leave it?  Ms. Veliz is an illegal immigrant facing deportation, but she is nobody’s idea of a criminal, social undesirable or drain on the public till.


Clinton Champions Women's Rights Worldwide 

3/27/09

AP via Houston Chronicle: Helping women’s reproductive and health rights flourish is an important part of U.S. efforts to develop democracy around the world and defeat extremism, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said during a speech Friday.


Michelle Takes The World Stage

3/29/09

Politico.com: While the president has to juggle the politics, Michelle Obama's job is in some ways more subtle and just as complicated. France’s first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, was judged recently on her curtsy before the Queen, and Jackie O.’s outfits and her command of the French language were closely scrutinized.


Merkel Is Set To Greet, And Then Resist, Obama  

3/29/09

NY Times: Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, an avowed friend of the United States and the leader of the European Union’s biggest economy, is diplomatic about the coming visit by President Obama.


Gazan Women Face Rise In Abuse  

3/30/09

BBC: Amongst the rubble of the Zeitoun area of northern Gaza, a group of women have gathered. They are sitting in the dust where one of their houses once stood, headscarves on the heads, their barefoot children clambering all over them.


RIGHTS-SOUTH AFRICA:  Women Farmworkers Threaten Election Boycott 

3/28/09

IPS: Women from South Africa's three Cape provinces have marched to parliament in Cape Town to denounce the country's "slow and unbalanced" land redistribution programme. The protesters said if they are not given greater access to land, they will not vote in the country's Apr. 22 general elections.


In Scotland, New Leadership Crumbles Old Barrier  

3/28/09

NY Times: THIS quiet town on the North Sea is the home of golf and the storied Royal and Ancient club, which makes the rules for the sport but does not admit women as members. For the 255 years since the club’s founding this was not a problem. It is now, however, since another of the town’s renowned institutions, the University of St. Andrews, named Louise Richardson, an Irish-American, as its president.


Iran's Women Suffer Under Ahmadinejad 

3/29/09

Philadelphia Inquirer: To celebrate the Persian New Year, President Obama sent a videotaped message to the people of Iran. But his references to a "new day" for relations between Washington and Tehran may not be heard by many women there.


Q&A:  Gaps In Gender Equality In Cuba

3/27/09

IPS: United Nations resident coordinator in Cuba Susan McDade is the first woman to hold that post, and considers herself fortunate to have been assigned the position in a country where women’s rights are enshrined in the constitution, even if it does have a "machista" reputation.


RIGHTS-BENIN: Support For Women Facing Violence 

3/28/09

IPS: Judges and gynaecologists in Benin have undergone training on the interpretation of forensic evidence in cases of violence against women, as well as in investigative procedures when dealing with rape cases.


Online Chat Spotlights Most-Ailing Millennium Goal  

3/29/09

Women's eNews: 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.


Brazil Pushes Back Against Catholic Church 

3/30/09

RH Reality Check: The President of Brazil's Catholics for Choice talks about the impact of the Church's excommunication (and later retraction) of the mother and doctors of a nine-year-old girl who sought an abortion.


Vasectomies Spike As Economy Sours

3/30/09

RH Reality Check: A spike in the number of men seeking vasectomies suggests that family planning is a critical step in financial planning.


It’s Not ‘The Office.’ The Boss Is A Woman.  

3/29/09

NY Times: LATELY, Amy Poehler said, she’s been having trouble distinguishing her real life from a feverish dream.


Kim Sets A Skating Record And Wins Her First World Title  

3/29/09

NY Times: More than an hour after Kim Yu-na won the world figure skating championship Saturday, she remained on the ice here, skating laps around the arena with a South Korean flag wrapped around her body.

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