Norway to Introduce Affirmative Action Laws for Men
Norway, which hails itself as one of the most egalitarian nations, announced new rules that would introduce affirmative action programs to promote equal employment opportunities for men in traditionally "female" occupations.
Norway's government will amend several equal-rights regulations that will allow greater numbers of men to work in the traditionally "female" professions of child care provider, preschool and primary school teacher and child welfare worker.
Valgerd Svarstad, Minister of Families and Children, feels that incorporating a greater number of male employees in these professions would help to "change children's views on gender roles, and provide boys with role models in their schools or care centers."
The new laws would set limited quotas for the number of male employees and allow employers to consider the sex of an applicant when choosing between equally qualified candidates.
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. . . .