FMF's Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan Spurs Rescue Mission
After surviving harrowing experiences under the brutally repressive Taliban regime in Afghanistan, 17 Afghan refugees have escaped their country and reached the United States. Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, will join Zieba Shorish-Shamley, Miriam (Giti) Schams, Nazira Karimi and others in a news conference on Thursday, September 9 at noon to give firsthand accounts from the newly arrived refugees of the plight of women and girls under the Taliban regime. This conference marks the first time the refugees have given their personal accounts of the terror experienced by the women of Afghanistan.
Media Resources: U.S. News Wire - September 8, 1999
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. . . .