Israeli President Takes Leave of Absence Following Rape, Harassment Charges
Israeli President Moshe Katsav announced to parliament this morning that he will take a leave of absence following the attorney general's decision to charge Katsav with rape, harassment, sexual relations involving the abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and illegally accepting gifts. Katsav's decision to take a leave of absence falls short of demands from legislators and the Israeli media to resign, Reuters, , and the Associated Press report.
Under Israeli law, a president, who fills a highly ceremonial role, cannot be put on trial while in office. If indicted, Katsav has indicated that he will resign, Reuters reports.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .