Filipino Maid Sentenced to 100 Lashes and Year in Prison
A Filipino maid accused of killing her male employer received a sentence of 100 lashes, a year in prison, a monetary penalty and faces deportation. She had to agree to pay the victim's family 150,000 dirhams ($41,000) blood money in order for them to drop their insistence that the death penalty be carried out. In a United Arab Emirtes Jail, Filipino maid Sarah Balabagan pleaded for mercy from the lashes. Supporters plan to ask UAE President Sheikh Zaid bin Sultan al-Nahayan for her pardon. Balabaga n claims she acted in self-defense as her employer was raping her when she killed him.
Media Resources: Source: The Nando Times - October 31, 1995
9/29/2014 Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In - Ashraf Ghani, who has has publicly and consistently stated his support for women's rights and women's participation in government, was sworn in as the new President of Afghanistan today at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Over 1000 national and international guests attended the ceremony, including high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 34 countries, including a delegation from the United States. . . .