Nadia Anjuman, a 25-year-old poet who was gaining recognition after publishing her first book of poetry, was beaten to death last Tuesday in the western Afghan city of Herat. Anjuman’s husband, Farid Ahmad Majid Mia, was arrested and has admitted to hitting her, according to the New York Times. This tragedy is a brutal example of the tenuous conditions for Afghan women who continue to be the victims of violence as they struggle to regain their freedoms following decades of war and gender apartheid under the Taliban regime. United Nations (UN) spokesperson Adrian Edwards said of Anjuman’s death, “Domestic violence is a concern. This case illustrates how bad this problem is here…”
In July, Yakin Ertuk, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights on Violence Against Women, urged the Afghan government and the international community to make eradication of violence against women a priority. In a news briefing following her visit to Afghanistan, Erturk reported that “[v]iolence against women remains dramatic in Afghanistan in its intensity and pervasiveness in public and private spheres of life … action must be taken now to protect women, to save lives.”
Anjuman, who was a student at Herat University, was popular in Afghanistan and Iran, according to BBC News. The Associated Press reported that thousands attended her funeral Sunday.
Media Resources: Associated Press, 11/8/05; New York Times, 11/8/05; UN News Service, 7/18/05; Feminist Daily News Wire, 7/19/05
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The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
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10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .