More Afghan Women Registering to Vote; Registration Remains Low
A United Nations spokesperson has reported that the number of women registering for Afghanistan's upcoming elections has increased in the last two weeks. However, overall registration is still low as Afghan women only make up 29 percent of the 1.7 million Afghans who are registered to vote, reports UN Wire.
The UN stated that women from the conservative southern and eastern parts of Afghanistan are registering in greater numbers due to public education projects and the recent encouragement from tribal and religious leaders. Female representation has increased from 20 percent to 34 percent of the registered voters in Jalalabad and from 15 percent to 25 percent in Kandahar. According to the Associated Press, the UN and the Afghan government will be launching a registration drive next month in the provinces where warlords and insecurity pose challenges for the upcoming elections.
Poor security has not only delayed voter registration, but the Afghan election itself. The first post-Taliban elections that were to take place in June were postponed until September due the lack of security. Despite the dire security situation in Afghanistan, peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan remain a small contingent of some 5,500 soldiers. Women’s rights advocates argue that without security, women in Afghanistan will never be able to obtain their rights and the country will never have sustained peace and democracy.
2/27/2015 This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault - A bipartisan bill aimed at holding colleges and universities accountable for rape and sexual assault cases was introduced in Congress yesterday, spearheaded by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
Some of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act's key key provisions include a requirement of confidential reporting systems on colleges and universities, minimum training requirements for campus personnel, and stricter penalties for schools found to be in violation of Title IX or the Clery Act. . . .
2/26/2015 If This Bill Passes Federal Law Will Add Consent to Sex Ed Curriculums - Right now, federal law does not require health or sex education to include sexual assault prevention - but that could change with a new bill introduced by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA).
The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015, which was introduced earlier this month, would require all public secondary schools in the country to include teaching "safe relationship behavior" in order to help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. . . .