Yesterday Sam's Club announced their decision to withdraw ads from The Rush Limbaugh Show, following in the footsteps of over 150 other businesses. Advertisers have been fleeing from association with Limbaugh's show since the talk show host's sexist rants against Georgetown Law student and women's rights advocate Sandra Fluke in March.
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, celebrates advertiser's efforts to force right-wing hosts to take responsibility for their attacks on women's rights. Smeal stated, "The cooling off period won't work. Misogyny is not ok."
The Feminist Majority Foundation, the National Organization for Women (NOW), and a whole host of women's groups together with Think Progress and Media Matters have rallied in support of Sandra Fluke. Supporters of women's healthcare continue to bombard advertisers with emails, phone calls, tweets, and Facebook posts urging them to pull their ads from Limbaugh's show. The addition of Sam's Club to this list demonstrates that the campaign against Limbaugh continues.
Media Resources: Huffington Post 7/9/12; Think Progress 7/9/12; Feminist Daily Newswire 6/10/12
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. . . .