Justice Department Calls Anti-Affirmative Action Decision "Wrong"
A top Justice Department official said Thursday that the Department is considering joining an appeal against a federal appeals court decision that ruled a University of Texas affirmative action program was unconstitutional. Calling the ruling "wrong" and an "incorrect decision," Associate Attorney General John Schmidt said it is likely the Justice Department will back the University if it appeals to the full court of appeals or to the Supreme Court. The University of Texas stands by its affirmative action program which it says is necessary to maintain a diverse student body. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed in a 2-1 decision on Monday (3-19) that could affect all institutions of higher education unless overturned by a higher court.
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. . . .