Ashcroft Appoints VAWA Opponent to Violence Against Women Committee
Attorney General John Ashcroft appointed Nancy Pfotenhauer, president and CEO of the notoriously conservative International Women’s Forum (IWF), to the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women. IWF board member Margot Hill was also invited to join the committee, which advises the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services on implementation and enforcement of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
“The appointments of Pfotenhauer and Hill to the Committee on Violence Against Women send a clear message that the administration has no intention of taking the fight against domestic violence seriously,” said Margaret Moore, director of the National Center for Women and Policing, a division of the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Ironically, the IWF has vehemently protested VAWA since its passage in the 1994. In 2000, the Clinton administration said that VAWA – which provides funds for law enforcement, expands shelters for battered women and helps women on college campuses - was responsible for a 21 percent drop in violence against women. Ashcroft, in his confirmation hearings, promised to fully utilize VAWA to fight violence against women.
Pfotenhauer told the Washington Post, “I’d hope we’ve been asked to participate in this because we have a different view but one that’s constructive.” However, IWF’s record on women’s issues can only be characterized as destructive. In addition to opposing VAWA, the IWF opposes Title IX (which prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded educational programs), comparable pay efforts, affirmative action programs, and gay and lesbian marriage and parenting.
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. . . .