The Los Angeles Times recently featured Ramona High School’s efforts in the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid Back to School drive. The only all-girls public school in LA, Ramona is a safe space for troubled girls who were not making it in other institutions. Its surrounding area is plagued by gang violence, drug use, and crime. Yet the students at Ramona High School are working hard to help others as part of the Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan, and recently raised $200 for the campaign. After seeing the FMF-produced video “Shroud of Silence,” the girls at Ramona immediately wanted to take action. Joining the Adopt-A-School program, they went door-to-door in their poor neighborhood, explaining the plight of Afghan women who live under a state of virtual house arrest, unable to work or go to school. They collected donations and obtained signatures on FMF’s petition to increase humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and to continue to pressure Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to renounce their recognition of the Taliban regime. Their new goal is to raise $100 a month for the school they are working with, located in Pakistan in a refugee camp, and to continue to exchange letters with the girls there.
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. . . .