Early this month, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak proposed the repeal of an Egyptian law that allowed one or more rapists to go unpunished if one of the rapists agreed to marry his victim. Egypt's parliament has now approved Mubarak's proposal and removed Article 291 from the county's penal code.
Article 291 has been in effect since 1937. Proponents of the article argued that it gave rape survivors greater prospects for marriage and was necessary to restore their families' honor .
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .