Study Finds 3 Out of 4 Liberian Women Experience Rape
Three out of every four Liberian women have been raped, a recent survey by the London-based medical aid agency Merlin found. Young girl children are especially at risk. Claire Parker, the reproductive health coordinator at Merlin, estimates that roughly 50 percent of the nation's reported rape victims are younger than twelve years old, The Independent reports. Parker attributes the statistic to "a traditional belief which says that if you spill the blood of a child, or take the virginity of a child, that will give you increased power."
Africa's first elected woman president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has promised to combat Liberia's alarming rate of sexual violence with more aggressive legislation targeting rapists. She has appointed a Minister for Gender in Liberia and worked to pass a law that criminalizes gang rape.
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. . . .