Mexico Legislature Votes to Increase Female Candidates
Mexico’s legislators approved a bill Tuesday requiring that women comprise at least 30 percent of each political party’s nominations. At present, women account for 17 percent of Mexico’s Congressional seats. The bill, approved by the Senate and the lower Chamber of Deputies, applies the quota for women candidates at all levels, including the proportionally allotted chamber seats. Historically, these seats have been male-dominated. Parties failing to comply and uphold the quotas will face stiffer penalties and possible disqualification from elections. Still, parties opting for open elections to select candidates are exempt. The bill is pending approval from President Vicente Fox.
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. . . .