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Today’s Lady News: South African Women Get 30,000 Free Condoms For World Cup

  • A South African doctor is giving away 30,000 free “Rape-aXe” condoms for women in South Africa before the start of the World Cup soccer games. The “Rape-aXe” condom has tiny hooks on it which attach to an attacker’s penis and can only be removed by a doctor in a hospital, where he would be identified as a rapist. The latest version of the condom does not pierce the skin, so the transmission of AIDS is not a concern. [Metro]
  • Women kicked ass in last night’s primary elections across the nation! Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay, won the Republican gubernatorial nomination in California and Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO, won the state’s Republican Senate primary. In South Carolina, Nikki Haley also won the Republican’s gubernatorial race. [CBS News]
  • But it’s not all good news: South Carolina’s Democratic nominee to challenge the incumbent senator was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene internet photos to a female University of South Carolina student. Records also say Alvin Green, 32, talked about going to the young woman’s room at a university dorm. The woman’s identity is unclear. Green’s felony charge carries up to five years in prison. [AP]

  • In California, El Dorado sheriff’s deputy Tanya Hunt has filed a lawsuit against the county, claiming the police department discriminates against female employees. Hunt claims she experienced sexual harassment and said the department has an “old boy’s club” atmosphere. [San Jose Mercury News]
  • A trial has started in Spokane, Washington, against a civilian contractor accused of sexually assaulting a woman at Fairchild Air Fore Base. [Seattle Times]
  • Alaska Governor Sean Parnell vetoed an expansion of Denali KidCare, a health program for low-income families, after he learned the program pays for “medically necessary” abortions. The Alaska department said .18 percent of the money spent on health insurance for low-income families was used on “abortion related services,” which can include anything from a sonogram to an abortion.
  • Of the almost 18 billion dollars in “angel investments” (financial backing) that went to start-up entrepreneurs last year, less than 10 percent went to women. Though, only 21 percent of those who sought money were women. [Metro]
  • American author Barbara Kingsolver won Britain’s Orange Prize for Fiction for her novel The Lacuna, about a young man who meets Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky. Kingsolver is also the author of The Poisonwood Bible and Animal, Vegetable, Mineral. The Orange Prize is an award for English-language novels written by women. [AFP]

INTERNATIONAL

  • New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof says three things will help women around the world: college, mentorships, and the Pill. In a blog post today, Kristof wrote, “It’s increasingly apparent that if we want to fight global poverty, poor countries need to harness the female halves of their population.” [New York Times]
  • A Playboy model working at an erotic club in Italy has been jailed for allowing 15-year-old boys to grope her during a show. “There were 3,000 people at that show. I couldn’t know the age of everyone there,” Brigitta Bulgari said. “I had to rely on the management of the club doing their job and not letting young people into the club.” [The Sun]
  • Faith Matters, a religious group in the U.K., has created the first list of women-friendly Islamic mosques, which provide details about whether the genders are segregated by sex in prayer spaces and whether women have a say in mosque affairs. [Reuters]
  • Al Bashayer Investment Company, a new investment bank in Abu Dhabi, is focusing on oil-rich women in the United Arab Emirates. The bankers at Al Bashayer say women invest differently than men do. [Reuters]
  • A recent study on female soldiers in Israel’s IDF army and sexual harassment said less than half report the abuse, according to data presented to the Israeli government yesterday. [Ha'aretz]
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