Wendy Wasserstein, a prizewinning playwright whose works addressed feminism and the challenges of women's lives, passed away yesterday. She was 55 years old, and had been fighting lymphoma for several months. "Her work was serious, and she put to art form the struggles and the current issues facing modern women," said Eleanor Smeal, president of Feminist Majority Foundation. "I know feminists through the country will be very sad."
Wasserstein’s plays include Uncommon Women and Others, The Heidi Chronicles, The Sisters Rosenswieg, and most recently Third, which opened in October. Wasserstein was a dedicated feminist, and her satirically comic plays examined the changes and challenges that feminism produced in women’s lives and relationships. She was the first woman to win a Tony Award for playwriting, with The Heidi Chronicles, for which she also won the Pulitzer Prize.
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .