Violence Against Women Leads to Major Health Problems Globally
Preliminary data collected by the World Health Organization(WHO) found that women worldwide suffer from severe health problems resulting from pervasive violence against women. WHO found that as many as 60 percent of women in rural areas of Peru, Thailand, and Brazil are victims of violence, and in other parts of the world, two in three women experienced violence. The WHO study also documents that this widespread violence also leads to major health problems for women including miscarriage, depression, alcoholism, and infections resulting from sexual assault. Domestic violence, which includes marital rape, was also found to contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS among women. The findings will be used to encourage governments to create social policies to combat violence against women.
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. . . .