Authorities in Syria banned wearing the niqab, a veil that covers the face, in public universities earlier this week. The niqab has become increasingly popular in the secular country. Authorities banned the garment in an effort to prevent the country from turning to radical Islam, according to CBS News.
One source told CBS news that the Minister of Education, Ghyath Barakat, "totally rejected [the niqab] phenomena which contradicts with the academic values and traditional morals and ethics of the Syrian society." The government has already reassigned hundreds of niqab-wearing school-teachers to administrative offices where they would not have contact with students, according to the Associated Press.
Syria's decision comes just days after France's lower house of parliament approved a ban the burqa in a 335 to 1 vote. Belgium, the Netherlands and also have similar bans on the garment. Spain is also considering banning the burqa.
Media Resources: CBS News 7/18/10; Associated Press 7/19/10; Feminist Daily Newswire 7/13/10
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. . . .