A United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) representative called for 5,000 more midwives in Yemen in order to allow the country to achieve universal access to skilled reproductive health care and reduce its maternal mortality rate. The additional midwives are urgently needed to meet needs of women, especially in rural regions of the country where about 6 in 10 women received no prenatal care, reports IRIN.
The representative, Mr. Hans Obdeijn, was presenting at a workshop organized by the Yemeni Midwives Association in honor of International Day of the Midwife earlier this month. "Every year 365 women die...in Yemen from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. We can save these Yemeni women by getting midwives in their communities," Obdeijn added, reports the UNFPA.
Media Resources: UNFPA 5/6/08; IRIN 5/19/08; Medical News Today 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. . . .