CA Students Win Title IX Lawsuit in US District Court
A group of high school female athletes won their Title IX class action lawsuit against Sweetwater Union High School District in California. In Ollier v. Sweetwater Union High School, et al., US District Court Judge James Lorenz ruled that Castle Park High School's athletic facilities and resources for male students were superior to those provided for female students.
For example, the girls' softball field was not maintained well and did not have fences, while the boys' field was in top condition. Women athletes were also more likely to have fewer coaches than their male counterparts, and the women-only teams never had the support of the school's cheerleaders and only had the support of the marching band on a few occasions. The district will now have 45 days to submit a proposed plan of compliance.
The 1972 Education Amendment's Title IX prohibits discrimination in education, including athletics, based on sex. "Title IX is almost 40 years old, yet we still see this type of blatant discrimination against young girls all across the country," said Elizabeth Kristen of The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, which filed the case in 2007, along with the California Women's Law Center and Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips, LLP.
The Feminist Majority Foundation is currently working to rescind the 2006 Bush-era Title IX regulations that make it significantly easier to allow single-sex classrooms in public schools.
Media Resources: Education News 2/12/12; Title IX Blog 2/11/12; The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center 2/10/12; Business Wire 2/10/12
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. . . .