Report: One-Third of Women Will Be Abused in Lifetime
The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) released its findings that one third of women will be beaten, raped, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. According to UNIFEM, there has not been a dramatic reduction in violence against women despite progress combating the problem.
According to the Director of UNIFEM, Noleen Heyzer, "the scale of the problem vastly exceeds the resources committed. Over the last decade, it is amazing how much has been achieved with so little investment. But it's no longer enough...it is critical that the international community- governments, foundations, the private sector - match the level of resources with the scale of the problem."
In addition, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund Thoraya Obaid is insisting on zero tolerance of gender-based violence because "as long as it exists, we can not claim to be making steady progress towards equality, development, and peace," reports The News in Monrovia. She is also calling for a massive and systematic response to the massive and systematic violations of women's human rights.
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This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts.
In 2000, Arizona voters amended their constitution, shifting the responsibility of drawing congressional districts, previously held by the state legislature, to a panel called the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. . . .
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The order from the Supreme Court comes in response to an emergency request filed by women's health care providers on the behalf of Texas women earlier this month asking the Court to stay House Bill 2, which would have taken effect as law on Wednesday. . . .