Controversy Over Abortion Rights for Rape Victims in Egypt
A draft bill introduced in the Egyptian Parliament that would allow rape victims to have abortions has met with controversy. The Egyptian Center for Women's Rights (ECWR) states that every hour, two women are raped in Egypt, according to the AFP.
Critics of the legislation say it fails to address the real issue, the Gulf News reports. "In the first place, this bill deals with the aftermath of the crime, but not the crime itself," Fawzia Abdul Sattar, a professor of criminal law told the Gulf News.
At present, Egyptian law bans abortion unless it is on the "grounds of necessity," ie when the woman's life or health is at risk, or if there are fetal abnormalities, the AFP reports.
Media Resources: Media Sources: Gulf News 01/01/08; Brisbane Times/ AFP 12/31/07
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. . . .