Last week, over 800 women marched through Monrovia, Liberia demanding peace in their West African country. Leymah Gbowee, the organizer of the protests, stated that "the women of Liberia will no more allow ourselves to be raped, abused, misused, maimed, and killed," reports the Independent. The protesters are demanding the disarmament of the fighters who have treated women as spoils of war during the 14 years of civil war.
According to Amnesty International, despite the peace agreement set in August, women continue to be raped. "War made [Liberian] women the spoils of conquest" as Charles G. Taylor fought his way to the presidency, as rebels tried to oust Taylor, and now as soldiers continue to fight in the countryside - far from where the United Nations peacekeepers are stationed, reports the New York Times.
Amnesty International is urging the current government in Liberia to publicly condemn the continuing abuses against civilians. Amnesty is also urging that the current peacekeeping force be expanded and be deployed beyond Monrovia to provide security.
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. . . .