Hear me ROAR
With concern about violence against women on city streets and college campuses, the company ROAR for Good was formed to arm women with something more than guns, mace and whistles. A fashionable emergency alert device, named Athena for the Greek goddess of strength, can be worn as a necklace or attached to bag or belt. Holding its button for three seconds sounds an alarm, with text messages of location sent to loved ones, and a one-click call made to 911.
Source: Sun Gazing

Congressional caucus for black women
Three black Congresswomen announced the formation of the first Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls. U.S. Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) and Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.) formed the caucus, designed to create public policy that "eliminates significant barriers and disparities experienced by black women." It will aim to address issues including economic equity, education, wellness and safety.
"Black women deserve a voice in a policy-making process that frequently minimizes, or altogether ignores the systemic challenges they face." - Rep. Watson Coleman
Source: Huffington Post

Reporting on periods
Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law a bill that holds doctors liable if a woman has an abortion and requires fetal remains to be cremated or buried, whether from an abortion or a miscarriage. In response, one Indiana woman created the Facebook page Periods for Pence, and has encouraged women to call the governor's office to report their periods. As she points out, a period could technically be a miscarriage. "I would certainly hate for any of my fellow Hoosier women to be at risk of penalty if they do not 'properly dispose' of this or report it," says the woman. In a less satirical vein, she told a local reporter, "It just seemed incredibly intrusive. I wanted to give a voice for women who [were not] given any kind of input into a bill that would affect our life so much."

Sample call: "I just wanted to inform the Governor that things seem to be drying up today. No babies seem to be up in there. Okay?"
Source: New York Magazine and The New York Times

Abolishing child brides
Theresa Kachindamoto is the senior chief in the Dedza District of Central Malawi, where she has used her authority over nearly 900,000 people to annul more than 850 child marriages, send hundreds of women back to school, and work toward abolishing cleansing rituals at sexual initiation camps. More than half of Malawi's girls married before the age of 18, according to a 2012 United Nations survey. She took action after returning home after 27 years in another district and seeing 12-year-old girls with babies. She suspended a few male sub-chiefs until they annulled child marriage unions. "I told them: 'Whether you like it or not, I want these marriages to be terminated." Girls are often married early to ease a family's financial burden. One in five girls in Malawi are victims of sexual abuse.
Source: Huffington Post