On Social Networking Sites, Pro-Anorexia Seems Validated
While the prevalence of pro-eating disorder websites is nothing new, their existence has become more accepted, more respected, and easier to access via popular social networking sites. Though online forums, like Facebook.com, MySpace.com, and LiveJounal.com, have rules against displaying harmful material, pro-anorexia groups and pages are readily available on their sites.
Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, yet pro-anorexia (pro-ana) and pro-bulimia (pro-mia) groups exchange tips on how to override hunger in pursuit of a state of emaciation. The groups also post "thinspiration" pictures of underweight women whose body types they seek to emulate, and "war stories" on how sick they have been.
Prior to the rise of sites like Facebook and MySpace, these forums were "relatively anonymous," small in size and difficult to locate, according to the BBC. But now, the easy-to-access MySpace website hosts groups like "Pro Ana Nation," and Facebook includes groups such as "Get thin or die trying."
MySpace's response is that it can be "very tricky" to determine which groups exist to provide support for those suffering from eating disorders and which exist to promote anorexia and bulimia. "Rather than censor these groups, we are working to create partnerships with organizations that provide resources and advice to people suffering from such problems, and we will target those groups with messages of support," a MySpace spokesperson told the BBC.
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. . . .