Leadership Alliances Work to End Violence Against Women and Gather in NY for Eve Ensler's V-day Gala
The Vagina Monologues opened to a sold out crowd of 18,000 at Madison Square Gardens on Feburary 18th. The event featured actors and musicians, including Jane Fonda, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Rosie Perez, Claire Danes, and Queen Latifah. As part of the V-day festivities, Oprah Winfrey performed Enslerís tribute to Afghan women, entitled Under the Burqa. Ensler wrote the piece after visiting Afghanistan 8 months ago. During the evening, thousands of people signed petitions for the Feminist Majorityís Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan.
Special thanks to the Leadership Alliance students and other activists from AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, SUNY STONY BROOK, RUTGERS, and the UNIVERSITY ILLINOIS CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, who volunteered with the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Congratulations to Angela Caswell and the U OF DELAWARE Leadership Alliance for being nominated in the V-Day Gathering Stop-Rape Contest. Their action plan involved the creation of a 24 Hour Stop-Rape Shuttle. Caswell presented the action plan during the V-Day Gathering in front of a large audience of leading politicians, media personnel, philanthropists, and policy makers! Great work!
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. . . .