Students Protest University Honoring Notorious Anti-Feminist
Students at Washington University in St Louis are organizing in protest of the University's plans to honor notorious anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly with an honorary doctorate degree at the school's commencement ceremony May 16. Students have set up a Facebook group protesting the decision titled No Honorary Doctorate for Anti-Feminist Phyllis Schlafly, which 1,219 people have joined since the University announced the plans last week.
Faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students, and community members met on Monday to begin plans for protesting the decision, raising student awareness of Schlafly's extremist views, such as her claim that married women cannot be raped, and informing the community and media of dissatisfaction over the University's decision, reports Student Life.
"The University has completely disregarded the concerns about anybody who cares about full and equal rights for women, who cares about the intellectual quality of feminist debate, and who cares about women’s desire to enter the work force," said Mary Ann Dzuback, director of Women's and Gender Studies at Washington University, reports Insider Higher Ed.
Media Resources: Saint Louis Post-Dispatch 5/6/08; Insider Higher Ed 5/5/08; Feministing 5/6/08; Student Life 5/5/08
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. . . .