Thousands Expected to March in Florida for Affirmative Action
Thousands are expected to March Tuesday on the Florida State capitol to denounce Gov. Jeb Bush's One Florida plan to eliminate affirmative action programs for women and minorities in state universities and contracts.
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King III, Kwesi Mfume, president of NAACP, Hugh Price, Urban League president, and Patricia Ireland, president of NOW will join a group called Coalition of Conscience for the march, which is expected to draw up to 10,000 people.
Although Bush has adamantly stood by his One Florida plan, march organizers hope to galvanize enough public support against it to change the Governor's mind.
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. . . .