Richardson Secures Peace Talks in Afghanistan, No News on Women
U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson said he “made progress on women’s education and health care,” during talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban militia group officials, but would not elaborate according to an AP news report. Since the Taliban gained control of the country in 1996 they have initiated decrees forbidding girls from obtaining education and requiring women to be accompanied by a brother, husband or son. Women and girls who defy the orders risk being shot or stoned as punishment.
Richardson spoke with the Taliban’s acting President Mullah Mohammed Rabbani in an effort to secure peace between warring factions in Afghanistan. Richardson said Rabbani pledged to participate in Afghan peace talks, stop all military action until the talks, and to release prisoners of war by Saturday.
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. . . .