150 experts from 20 Latin American countries participated in a UNICEF-sponsored conference, "Our Girls: the Right to Equity From Infancy," earlier this month.
Mario Luis Fuentes, director of the System for the Integral Development of the Family in Mexico, argued that laws governing domestic violence, child exploitation and sexual abuse do not reflect the seriousness of the crimes, and must be strengthened.
Child labor exploitation is rampant in impoverished Latin American countries, and the exploitation of girls is especially severe. Representatives from the Economic Commission for Latin America relayed research suggesting that indigent girls face greater violence and abuse in the streets and earn less money than do boys of similar age and ability.
Conference participants discussed strategies for upholding the rights of children and agreed to conduct further research on discrimination against girls in education, healthcare and employment.
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. . . .