Women and Girls in Sports are Under Attack: Save Title IX!
Title IX (title nine) of the Education Act of 1972 prohibits discrimination against girls and women in federally-funded education, including in athletics programs. Title IX is the reason why girls and
women have made such gains in education and particularly in sports. In 1971, only 294,015 girls participated in high school athletics. Today, over 2.7 million girls participate in high school athletics, an 847 percent increase, according to the Department of Education.
The Bush administration has called a “Blue Ribbon Commission” to hold a series of public hearings to evaluate the status and impact of Title IX. Women’s groups believe this to be the latest attempt to weaken Title IX.
Young women across the country must tell the commission how Title IX has made a difference in their lives and on their campuses. We must debunk the myth that Title IX hurts male athletic programs.
Stay tuned for information about ways that you can support this landmark legislation for women and girls. In the meantime, check out
http://www.feminist.org/sports/titleIX.html to learn more.
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. . . .