Advancement of Women – February 1, 2017

Newsletter  on the Advancement of Women

The Last Hope for Care

Dr. Marzia Salam Yaftali, the chief doctor for Kunduz Regional Hospital, visits with patients at the hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, December 2016. A battle in the fall trapped Yaftali at home. But the most dire test of her career appeared just a few doors away. (Najim Rahim/The New York Times)The New York Times-  International – January 30, 2017: In Afghanistan’s Kunduz Province, Dr. Marzia Salam Yaftali leads the doctors of the last hospital left standing after airstrikes destroyed the area’s main trauma center in 2015. She faces her many challenges with kindness and tolerance, she says, to provide care to the people of this war-torn area. Watch the Video: http://nyti.ms/2kSW5rG

For Omani women in public office, slow and steady wins the race

image007Gulf News – January 30, 2017: Muscat: For the first time in Oman Municipal Council, an entire province is being represented by only women.

When Oman held its Muncipal Council elections in December, Mariam Al Shamsi and Latifa Al Manei won the only seats for the Sunnainah province of the Buraimi governorate. With only seven women securing seats in the 202-member body, the number seems low but it is much higher than 2012 elections when only four women made it to the council.

India honors Maiti Nepal founder with top award

image008Gulf Times – January 27, 2017: A 67-year-old Nepali woman honored with one of India’s most prestigious awards for freeing thousands of girls from sexual slavery said yesterday it was the unbearable pain of victims that has motivated her to fight trafficking.

Anuradha Koirala, founder of the anti-trafficking charity Maiti Nepal, will be presented the Padma Shri – one of the highest civilian awards – by India’s president at a ceremony in March or April, said a government statement this week.

These Yazidi sisters took up arms to take revenge against ISIS

yazidisisters-1-26-2017PRI – January 26, 2017: “After her lucky escape, Khatoon wanted to fight back. This was a crime against humanity, but it was also a crime against women. She thought women should play a role in fighting back. She refused to be a victim. Her solution was to form the first all-female Yazidi fighting battalion. They call themselves the Sun Ladies. The battalion received weapons, training and support from the government of semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq. They are the first female battalion of the Peshmerga—the Kurdish region’s army—which translates to ‘those who face death.’”

Time’ Magazine’s New Cover Is Dedicated to the Women’s March

image001Marie Claire – January 28, 2017: Time magazine has revealed the cover star for its February 8th issue: A single, pink pussyhat and the words “The Resistance Rises” right above it. The hand-knit pink hat became an iconic symbol of the Women’s March, and a natural way for Time to illustrate its latest cover story on the significance and power of this new “resistance.”

Trump picks Heather Wilson as Air Force secretary

image002Politico – January 23, 2017: President Donald Trump plans to nominate former New Mexico Republican Rep. Heather Wilson as Air Force secretary, the White House announced on Monday. Wilson, who served in Congress for a decade until 2009, has been the president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology since 2013. She’s a retired Air Force captain who graduated from the Air Force Academy and, if confirmed, would be the first gradate from the academy to become secretary of the Air Force.

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