According to a recent United Nations report, 42 percent of Jordanian women suffer physical abuse and continue to face discrimination in economic and political spheres. The reports states two out of every three women will suffer abuse at least once in their lifetimes, reports the Jordan Times. In addition, the report states that educated women are less likely to suffer acts of violence, as only 1 percent of the victims were educated women.
According to the United Nations Development Fund's (UNIFEM) report, "Status of Jordanian Women: Demography, Economic Participation, Political Participation and Violence," a woman's potential to affect her own well-being and that of her community is hampered by social and cultural factors, reports the Jordan Times. However, the study did find that more women are running for Jordan's parliamentary elections than in previous years.
The report is the first that statistically analyzes violence against women in Jordan, reports BBC News.
1/27/2016 Taiwan Elects First Woman President - In a landslide victory, the leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen won the country's presidential election, becoming the first woman in Taiwan's history to hold the position.
Emphasizing her party's commitment to maintaining Taiwan's independence from China, Tsai won over young voters eager to usher in a political changing of the guard following some 70 years of dominance by the pro-Chinese unification party, the Kuomintang (KMT), chaired by presidential opponent Eric Chu. . . .