Where Are the Women: Female Experts on Afghanistan Missing from TV Media
The Washington Post reports that out of the 98 television programs to publish their guest lists in the Post this month, only 12 were to feature women as experts on the post-September 11 crises. The lack of women given airtime, however, does not correspond to women’s expertise on the issues. Television media may not be making the effort to look for women commentators. “It’s not like there aren’t any women out there,” said Barbara Cochran, head of the Radio and Television News Directors Association. “You just have to make it a goal to find them.” Television newsrooms are also largely male operations. While women are 40 percent of the TV news workforce, they make up only 20 percent of news directors.
The Feminist Majority has led the Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan for nearly five years and has been recognized as an authority on the plight of Afghan women as well as the Taliban’s horrific rule of gender apartheid. Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal has given briefings to Congress on the topic and has testified before a joint hearing of two U.S Senate Foreign Relations subcommittees. Women in the Senate and the House are also playing pivotal roles in the war on terrorism by holding special orders, educating their constituents about the issues, and most importantly, by introducing and voting on legislation that directly impacts not only the war but also the Afghan people.
Media Resources: Washington Post, 11/08/01; Christian Science Monitor, 11/08/01; Feminist Majority
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. . . .