First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton harshly criticized the Taliban's abuse of women in girls in a speech she gave yesterday at a Capitol Hill luncheon sponsored by Physicians for Human Rights to honor Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
Clinton praised Feinstein's efforts to raise awareness of Afghan women's plight and said, "When women are savagely beaten by so-called religious police not being fully covered by the burqa or for making noises while they walk, we know it is not just the physical beating that is the objective. It is the destruction of the spirit of those women as well."
The First Lady also told luncheon attendees the story of an Afghan teacher who was murdered for refusing to close down a home-based school for girls. The woman was shot in the head and stomach in front of her students earlier this month. "We can honor her memory....by not forgetting her story and her willingness to stand against the forces of violence and oppression," said Clinton.
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
9/12/2014 Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery - An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment.
Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .