After an intense debate in parliament, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak issued a decree to strike down an Egyptian law that allows rapists to go unpunished if they marry the woman they raped.
Proponents of the law argued that eliminating of the law would further victimize women, since a woman who has been raped is considered "unmarriageable" by many in Egyptian culture and would have difficulty finding a husband. Still others contend that marriage is necessary to restore the honor of a rape survivor's family.
Minister of Justice Farouk Seif el-Nasr stated that Mubarak's decision was made based on evidence that the law ``encouraged the criminals to perpetrate their crime instead of deterring them.''
The Egyptian Cabinet has endorsed Mubarak's decree and sent it to parliament for ratification. Member of parliament will consider the issue today. A parliamentary vote has not yet been scheduled.
9/29/2014 Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In - Ashraf Ghani, who has has publicly and consistently stated his support for women's rights and women's participation in government, was sworn in as the new President of Afghanistan today at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Over 1000 national and international guests attended the ceremony, including high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 34 countries, including a delegation from the United States. . . .