Supreme Court Allows Pro-Affirmative Action Decision to Stand
The Supreme Court will not review a decision of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, which approved of the Department of Transportationís (DOT) affirmative action contracting program.
The Tenth Circuit decision found that DOTís program, which permits state grantees to give businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals certain preferences in the contracting process, constitutional. The Tenth Circuit stated that in approving the DOTís program, Congress acted in response to the compelling interest of remedying discrimination against minority business owners and that the program itself was narrowly tailored to respond to the interest and did not overly harm the rights of white business owners. The Tenth Circuitís decision is one of the few evaluating the constitutionality of federal affirmative action programs and one of the few decisions approving of an affirmative action program under the strict scrutiny standard required by the Supreme Court.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .