Marshall Wins Democratic Nomination for North Carolina Senate Seat
Elaine Marshall defeated opponent Cal Cunningham last night to win the Democratic Senate nomination for North Carolina. Marshall came away with a solid victory, defeating Cunningham with 60 percent of the vote, reports Politico. She now faces incumbent Republican Senator Richard Burr in the November elections.
Marshall currently serves as Secretary of State in North Carolina, where she was the first woman elected to executive office. Though Cunningham, a former state Senator, won the backing of powerful Washington democrats and reportedly receiving $100,000 in campaign aid, Marshall's stance as an outsider fighting "against powerful industries" succeeded in winning her the nomination, stated the Washington Post. Marshall has already created jobs in North Carolina and improvde the state's economy. She is pro-choice and a strong supporter of women's rights and is endorsed by the Feminist Majority PAC.
According to USA Today Democrats are hopeful that Burr's low popularity ratings and a recent trend toward the Democratic party in North Carolina will help push Marshall to victory in the November election. Republicans claim that the Democratic primary was too divisive and may cost Marshall the general election.
Media Resources: Politico 6/23/10; The Washington Post 6/22/10; USA Today 6/22/10; Feminist Majority Political Action Committee
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. . . .