Today’s Lady News: Afghan Teen Flees “Honor Killing”

  • If you read one news article today, read this one: NPR has a powerful story about a teenage girl in rural Afghanistan who ran away from her family after she feared a so-called “honor killing” by her brothers because she talked to a boy on her cellphone. The girl ended up staying on a military base until she could be placed in an Afghan women’s shelter, where she eventually was matched up with a husband. It’s a bizarre happily-ever-after story, but one I found extremely touching. [NPR]
  • Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) vetoed an anti-abortion bill that would have increased restrictions on abortion providers and limited access to the morning-after pill by requiring doctors to be present for both the prescribing and taking of the pill. [Huffington Post
  • Techies! Ever wondered how many women hold IT jobs, run tech startups, or earn degrees in computer science? Women Who Tech has a handy-dandy infographic with all the details. [Women Who Tech]
  • Tennessee’s state legislature has abandoned their preposterous “don’t say gay” bill which would have prohibited teachers from discussing homosexuality in the classroom before grade nine. [Think Progress]
  • Not surprisingly, the Anti-Defamation League is none too pleased that New York State Senator Ruben Diaz recently claimed Adolf Hitler was pro-choice. [Gothamist]
  • A Jewish mother of a 16-year-old girl who got a nose piercing discusses how she reconciled her daughter’s wish for funky adornment with Jewish law against bodily mutilation. [Christian Science Monitor]
  • Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent much of her life under house arrest, has been sworn in as a member of the country’s parliament. [BBC]
  • For Afghan policewomen, sex abuse is a job hazard. [NPR]
  • Meet the Saudi Arabian girls who are defying religious clerics by playing basketball. [MSNBC]
  • Women are headed to a Spanish town hoping to ease a shortage of brides. [MSNBC]
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