Canadian New Democratic Party Elects Female Leader
On October 14th, Canada's left-wing party elected Alexa McDonough, 51, as its new leader. For the past fourteen years, McDonough has led the Nova Scotia New Democrats and now faces a large challenge in resuscitating the national party. After winning a race in which she was considered the definitive underdog, McDonough commented, "We have a federal government that is basically dismantling its commitment to some of the things that matter most to people's lives.... The fight of our lives is to turn thi s country around." For thirty-four years, the party has existed as a combination of agrarian socialists and labor unions. It began many of the social safety net programs in Canada, including its universal health-care system, but has come into rough time s recently as voters increasingly seek budge cuts. In 1993 they plummeted to only nine parliamentary seats. McDonough commented that the party would need "tough slogging and patient persuasion" to offer voters an acceptable alternative to conservative m easures.
Media Resources: The Washington Post - October 23, 1995, A26
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. . . .