Student Protests Continue in CA, Feminist Activists Play Part
Feminist campus activists have played a key role in student protests across the University of California system, which have been ongoing since a decision Friday to raise student tuition and fees by 32 percent. According to the New York Times, the increase is approximately $2,500 per student, per year. The University of California currently faces a $1 billion budget gap, and has received $716 million in federal stimulus funds, reported the New York Times.
Protesters occupied a campus building and hundreds rallied outside at UC Los Angeles on Friday after the system's Board of regents voted in favor of the fee hike, accordin to the LA Times. Approximately 70 students at UC Santa Cruz peacefully vacated an administrative building they had occupied for three days after being threatened to be arrested, according to CNN. At UC Berkeley, up to 50 protesters briefly occupied a campus building on Friday and more than 500 rallied outside against the fee increases, reported the Wall Street Journal.
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Media Resources: New York Times 11/22/09; CNN 11/22/09; LA Times 11/19/09; Wall Street Journal 11/21/09
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. . . .