A new study released August 26 by the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that young women are among the top users of social networking sites, including Facebook, MySpace and Linkedin. The study finds that young women are the "power users" of social media sites, with 69 percent of all women using social media sites, compared to 60 percent of men. Moreover, 89 percent of women from age 18-29 use such sites.
These findings serve to further demonstrate the growing use of social networking sites by American adults, according to Kathryn Zickuhr, a Pew research specialist and co-author of the study. "Social networking sites continue to cement their place as a significant part of mainstream online life."
Since 2008, the number of women using social media sites has more than doubled. All findings of the study were gathered through a phone survey of 2,227 adults. The surveys were conducting in English and Spanish and were issued between April 26 and May 22.
Media Resources: Washington Post 8/26/11; CNN 8/26/11
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. . . .