Graduate Student Arrested in Iran over One Million Signatures Campaign
Esha Momeni was arrested in Tehran last week for reportedly conducting unauthorized video interviews with Iranian women activists. According to Feministing.com, Momeni, a Cal State Northridge master's student who is a member of the One Million Signatures Campaign is currently detained at Evin prison.
The campaign was initiated by Iranian women's rights activists who seek to collect one million signatures against the legal discrimination women face under Iranian law. According to The Earth Times, Momeni was interviewing activists involved in this campaign in order to make a film addressing the position of Iranian women and profiling activist Parvin Ardalan, who leads the One Million Signatures Campaign.
Media Resources: Feministing 10/20/2008, The Earth Times 10/21/2008
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. . . .