Zimbabwean Women Demand Equitable Land Redistribution
A group of twenty-six women's non-governmental organizations (NGOs) presented a position paper to the Zimbabwean government demanding that a new land distribution program be made more equitable for women.
The group, which has convened a two-day conference including European Union and World Bank officials, charges that women provide about 70% of all agricultural labor, yet face unwarranted obstacles in all areas of agriculture.
Group spokesperson Selina Mbengegwi highlighted several of the group's major objections to the land distribution. "Women should be given land in their own right, regardless of their marital status. In cases of married couples, there should be joint title to the land," she said.
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. . . .