On Tuesday, both New Jersey and Virginia elected pro-choice governors to lead their states. Jim McGreevey (D) won the New Jersey gubernatorial contest with 56 percent of the vote, beating vocally anti-choice Bret Shundler. Exit polls indicate that voters supporting McGreevey were also concerned primarily about the economy and education. Schundler is for school vouchers. In Virginia, 52 percent of voters elected pro-choice candidate Mark Warner (D) for governor. Warner beat staunchly anti-choice Republican candidate Mark Earley (R) who opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest.
Cleveland, Ohio and Annapolis, Maryland elected women governors for the first time in their respective histories. Jane Campbell (D), a long-time feminist activist, won the Cleveland mayoral election with 54 percent of the vote. Campbell is the former field director of ERA America and has served in the Ohio state legislature for twelve-years. In Annapolis, voters elected Ellen Moyer (D) to be their next mayor. Moyer served as Executive Director of the Maryland Commission for Women where she helped form domestic violence shelters. She has also been a supporter of sexual harassment laws in Maryland.
Media Resources: Washington Post, 11/07/01; New York Times, 11/07/01; Plain Dealer, 11/07/01; Maryland NARAL, Moyen for Mayor
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. . . .