Congressional Members Call for Renewed US Support for UNFPA
Members of Congress are calling for renewed US support for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to aid victims of the tsunami. Representative Joseph Crowley (D-NY) recently led five Democratic members of Congress to Sri Lanka to examine the work of the UNFPA in the stricken area, reports the Associated Press.
“The United Nations Population Fund is on the ground, providing reproductive and child healthcare to the women and children in Sri Lanka and the other eleven nations affected by the tsunami. It is unfair that the Bush Administration is holding up funding by not supporting the UNFPA,” said Crowley. Since July 2002, the Bush Administration has stopped each year $34 million of Congressionally approved money for the UNFPA.
According to a letter recently sent to newly confirmed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice by seven members of Congress, including Representatives Crowley, Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Linda Sanchez (D-CA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Al Green (D-TX), and Steven Israel (D-NY), more than 150,000 women are pregnant in the tsunami-hit areas and “the release of the $34 million appropriated to the UNFPA for FY2005 would have an immediate, life saving impact on these women and their children.”
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. . . .