In what may become a ground-breaking case, five women jail guards filed a sexual harassment suit against King County, WA, charging that prison officials there ignored inmates' abusive behavior toward female corrections officials and contributed to a hostile work environment for women.
The plaintiffs allege that prison inmates displayed pornographic pictures, made sexually-driven insults, and made graphic threats of rape. They fault jail administrators for tolerating the inmates' abuse and for encouraging women employees to "not take it personally" and "grow a thicker skin."
Deborah Rhode, a law professor at Stanford University and an expert in sexual harassment law, said that this unique case might help to illustrate differences in the way men and women are treated in jobs traditionally held by men. The lawsuit seeks improved work conditions for all women employees in addition to monetary damages.
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. . . .