Gov. Brown Vetoes CA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights
Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, which would have provided about 200,000 domestic workers with overtime pay, meal breaks, and a suitable sleeping environment for live-in workers, due to what he claims to be a "number of unanswered questions" that the bill raises.
According to Assembly Member Tom Ammiano, "Governor Brown missed an opportunity to prove himself a leader in civil rights by ensuing that the people caring for California's children, people with disabilities, and the elderly no longer have to go without proper sleep or meals." The reality is that the majority of these caretakers are female immigrants and by vetoing this bill, their basic labor rights are being denied.
In 2010 New York passed a similar bill that acknowledged the unequal working conditions that many domestic workers face and how these individuals frequently go unnoticed. Despite this setback in California, the National Domestic Workers Alliance is pushing forward with more bills for equal labor rights in additional states within the next year.
Media Resources: National Domestic Workers Alliance; Huffington Post 10/01/12; Feministing.com 10/01/12
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. . . .