The nation could see its third all female race for the United States Senate if Republican Linda Smith, known for her tough stance on campaign donations, sweeps the Sept. 15 GOP primaries in Washington state. Smith, who is favored in the primary election, has heavily criticized political action committees and says her term will be aimed at "cleaning up the system" of special interests so that the nation's deepest problems can be solved.
Smith's Democratic incumbent opponent is Patty Murray , who President Clinton has praised for her tireless work with children and the environment. Murry faces only token primary opposition in her race to be re-elected. Democrats, anxious to improve their 45 seat minority in the 100-seat Senate, are anxious to retain Murray's seat.
The last all-woman electoral race was in Maryland in 1986.
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. . . .