Taliban Criticizes Egypt Over Easier Divorces for Women
Afghanistan's extremist Taliban militia spoke out against the decision by Egypt's parliament for passing a law making it easier for women seeking to divorce their husbands.
Taliban spokesman Abdul Hai Mutmaen said "we consider the ruling as oppression."
The Taliban control 90 percent of Afghanistan and since taking control have barred most women from working for pay, going to school, or even leaving their homes without a close male relative.
The parliament's decision in Egypt gives women a second option when filing for divorce. Women may now file a request for divorce based on incompatibility. Government statistics show that some 1.5 million requests for divorce are filed by women in Egypt each year.
Media Resources: Reuters - January 31, 2000 and New York Times - January 28, 2000
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. . . .