Liberia One Step Closer to First Female African President
Liberians voted last Tuesday for the first time since the 14-year civil war ravaged the country under Charles Taylor. Since none of the 22 candidates received a majority vote, a runoff has been set for November 8 to decide between Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and George Weah.
Johnson-Sirleaf, 66, is a Harvard-educated economist with an impressive resume that includes the World Bank and United Nations. She would be Africa’s first elected female president if she wins the run-off next month, although she faces heavy competition with Weah, a former soccer star. The October 11 election was close, with Weah leading by 28 percent and Johnson-Sirleaf following close behind with 20 percent of votes.
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. . . .