The House International Relations Committee
held a hearing on the Convention to Eliminate
All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
(CEDAW) yesterday. Representative
Carolyn Maloney, (D-NY) spoke at the
hearing calling it "an absolute embarrassment"
that the U.S. has not ratified the 20-year old
Representative Lynn Woosley, (D-CA) held
a news conference following the hearing
where three women spoke who did not get a
chance to testify to how sex discrimination in
their homelands harms women.
Zieba Shorish-Shamley, founder and director
of Women's Alliance for Peace and Human
Rights in Afghanistan, spoke about conditions
for women in Afghanistan and CEDAW.
Shorish-Shamley described the system of
gender apartheid that exists for the women
and girls in Afghanistan under the rule of the
extremist Taliban militia, and how the U.S.
has failed to be a global leader in human rights
"The United States who sees itself as the
leader in the world for equality, human rights
and justice for all, is reluctant to ratify
CEDAW and fully implement its provisions to
eradicate discrimination of all kinds against
women," said Shorish-Shamley.
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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. . . .