Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

May-07-03

Report, Bill Focus on Violence Against Women in Combat Areas

A new report by Save the Children ranks Afghanistan as the third worst combat area for families. The study identified six critical "protection needs" for women and children, including protection from sexual violence and physical harm, protection from trafficking and prostitution, and protection from psychological trauma. Iraq ranked 27th on the list of areas that have experiences war since 1990. "As dangerous as it has been for mothers and children in Iraq in recent months, life remains even more perilous for women and children in many other conflict areas," said Save the Children President Charles MacCormack, according to the Associated Press.

Lawmakers in Congress introduced the Women and Children in Armed Conflict Act yesterday to provide $45 million to prevent and respond to violence against women and children in conflict areas in the civilian population, according to Voice of America. "[T]he United States has not done nearly enough to coordinate efforts to respond to violence against women and children in [conflict] situations. This new legislation will make protection of women and children in war situations a much higher priority," said Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE), one of the co-sponsors of the act, in a Save the Children press release.

Meanwhile, the US delegation at the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women in March called for the deletion of important language in an agreement concerning violence against women. Specifically, the US, along with Iran, Pakistan, and the Sudan, objected to language stating that countries would agree to "condemn violence against women and refrain from invoking any custom, tradition, or religious consideration to avoid their obligations with respect to its elimination as set out in the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women," according to a press release from Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). This is not new language, but rather text that has been agreed upon in UN meetings, conferences and documents, according to Women's eNews. "It's remarkable to see that after decades of work by feminist activists and 12 years of UN conferences to see the ways that women's human rights are still seen as negotiable," Charlotte Bunch, executive director of Rutgers' Center for Women's Global leadership, told WeNews.

Media Resources: Save the Children press release 5/6/03; Carolyn Maloney press release 4/29/03; WeNews 4/24/03; Associated Press 5/6/03; Voice of America 5/6/03


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

11/21/2014 STATEMENT: Feminist Majority Foundation Applauds President's Executive Order on Immigration - Statement from Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority Foundation president: "The Feminist Majority Foundation applauds President Obama for taking much needed executive action to help fix our broken immigration system that has for too long torn hardworking families apart. . . .
 
11/21/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law - The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state. In July, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. . . .
 
11/21/2014 UN Expert Calls for Action To End Violence Against Women in Afghanistan - United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Rashida Manjoo returned last week from a nine-day official visit in Afghanistan with a call to the Afghan Government and the international community to continue its focus on creating sustainable solutions to reduce violence against women. This was Manjoo's third visit to Afghanistan, and the Special Rapporteur noted many positive developments since her travel to the country in 1999, during the Taliban regime, and in 2005. In particular, Manjoo cited the creation of the Elimination of Violence Against Women Law (EVAW) by presidential decree in 2009 as "a key step towards the elimination of violence against women and girls."EVAW criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women - including rape, child and forced marriage, domestic violence, trafficking, and forced self-immolation - and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .