Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R-Wash.) announced her candidacy this week to take over Newt Gingrich’s post as speaker of the House of Representatives. Dunn would become the first woman to hold the title if elected.
Many have seen Dunn, 57, as the Republican party’s best hope for broadening their appeal to women. “We have an opportunity now to put before the people of the United States a panel of faces that can be [as] broad as the spectrum within the Republican party,” Dunn said Monday.
Dunn was the first woman to hold the position of GOP chairperson in Washington State. She has a solidly conservative voting record, with the exception of abortion issues. Her votes on abortion law have angered many conservatives. Dunn does not favor outlawing all abortions and supports U.S. involvement in international family planning programs. However, she is opposed to including reproductive services as an option in federal employee health plans.
Media Resources: Washington Post - November 13, 1998
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. . . .