The SUNY STONY BROOK Leadership Alliance hosted “Freedom Fest,” a day-long event to raise awareness and mobilize support for the women of Afghanistan. The event included a screening of FMF’s “Shroud of Silence,” along with feminist speakers, poets, and musicians, and a fundraiser for FMF’s Help Afghan Women Campaign. The WESTERN VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY affiliate recently hosted a panel discussion on the plight of women in Afghanistan. The group showed FMF’s “Shroud of Silence” and engaged an audience of over 100 people through a panel discussion led by university professors. Highlighting the success of the event, the campus newspaper gave the Leadership Alliance front-page coverage the following day! Show your support, learn more about the campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid, and take action at www.helpafghanwomen.com.
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. . . .