There will be a full investigation into the case of two convicted rapists who were given a pardon by Afghan President Hamid Karzai in May. The victim, Sara, discovered that the men had been released from prison when she they saw them walking in their village and she has since been forced into hiding with her husband, Dilawar, according to BBC News.
In 2005, Sara was brutally gang-raped, knifed with a bayonet in her private parts, and left to walk home half-naked after she and her husband publicly spoke out about their missing son, who had been forcibly taken by armed men, according to The Independent. Three rapists were sentenced to 11 years in prison, a sentence that was upheld by Afghanistan's Supreme Court.
Norah Niland, Chief Human Rights Officer of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in a press release, "while there appears to be conflicting reports on the circumstances of the release of these prisoners, whatever the circumstances, this is clearly an injustice against the victim, the victims' family and all Afghan women. Such injustice can only promote a culture of impunity for violence perpetrated against women."
Media Resources: BBC News 8/27/08; The Independent 8/24/08; Statement of Norah Niland 8/26/08
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .
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House Republicans are now pushing HR 7, a bill promoted as a ban on federal funding of abortion that would actually prevent women from using their own money to purchase health insurance that includes abortion care. . . .