Congressional Women’s Caucus Meets with UN Officials on Global Women’s Issues
Members of the Congressional Women’s Caucus, led by co-chairs Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-CA) and Judy Biggert (R-IL), met with officials at the United Nations yesterday, including UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, to discuss issues affecting women globally, including the issue of education for Afghan women and girls. The nine-member delegation of U.S. House Representatives also discussed the need for humanitarian assistance for women refugees, the sexual exploitation of children, and the crisis in the Middle East. Of the meetings, Congresswoman Millender-McDonald said, “[I]t brings about a better dialogue, it brings about a cohesive agenda for us in the Congress and the women in the United Nations.” The Congressional Women’s Caucus, according to Congresswoman Biggert, is placing much more emphasis on global women’s issues and is planning to visit Afghanistan in May to assess the situation for women and girls more clearly.
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. . . .