Nearly 200 students at the University of Pennsylvania gathered on Thursday to rally in support of affirmative action for women and minorities. The rally was organized as a part of "Call to Action 2000," a nationwide day of action in support of affirmative action policies and was co-sponsored by groups such as the United Minorities Council, UMOJA, the Asian-Pacific Student Coalition.
Other groups represented at the rally were Penn Students Against Sweatshops, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Alliance and Sangam, a South Asian progressive activist group.
UMC Chairman Jerome Byam, a Junior at U Penn, spoke of affirmative action as "leveling the playing field for all people, not just African Americans, but also Hispanics, Asians, homosexuals and women."
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. . . .