A second woman has decided to run for president of Yemen. On March 15, Rashida al-Qaili joined Sumaya Ali Raja, who had announced her candidacy in December, as the first two women candidates ever to seek the position. Rashida Al-Qaili, a satirical columnist, will run as an independent candidate. She said she would rely on her "community of intellectuals" to support her bid for office, rather than the more traditional family tribe or political party, reports IRIN.
Both women will face opposition from the country's conservative and Islamist movements, as "There are a lot of constraints facing women's political participation," political science professor Dr. Bilqis Abu-Osba'a told IRIN. "This includes… traditional tribal society, as well as a lack of earnest support from political parties, which don't push a good number of women into leading positions."
Currently there are only two women in the Yemeni cabinet and one woman in the 301-seat parliament. Women's organizations have urged the government to reserve 30 percent of the seats in the upcoming election for women. Elections will be held in September.
Media Resources: Feminist Daily News 1/6/06; IRIN (Integrated Regional Information Networks) 3/15/06, 3/8/06
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. . . .