FROM Marsha Freeman
Women's Equality: Violence and International Law At this week's 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women , world leaders are pledging gender equality by 2030. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said there's been progress, but he conceded there's not been enough . It's been 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action established a plan for the global empowerment of women and, despite some progress against legal discrimination, more than a third of the world's women directly experience physical violence. Even where laws have been changed, implementation is lacking — and in some places, advances have been reversed. At this week's session of the Commission, we hear that the mood is one of impatience.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?