US National Tennis Center Renamed in Honor of Billie Jean King
The US Tennis Association (USTA) paid tribute to legendary tennis player Billie Jean King by renaming the US National Tennis Center in her honor last week. King, who touts an impressive 39 Grand Slam titles, garnered fame for her triumph in the 1973 "Battle of the Sexes," in which she beat the number-one ranked tennis player Bobby Riggs, also a well-known male chauvinist. Following her rise to fame, she spent years promoting equality in girls and women's sports, including advocating for the passage of Title IX and equity in prize money for men and women's sporting events.
"Billie Jean King is a great champion, but she's used her success to do a lot more than impact the sport. She's impacted society. There are thousands of kids who have benefited. She's an American hero," said Arlen Kantarian, the USTA chief executive of professional tennis, according to CBS Sportsline.
The opening ceremony for the 2006 US Open last Monday officially marked the renaming of the famed tennis tournament's arena to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The arena is used for the US Open and for 65,000 recreational players year-round.
Media Resources: The Washington Post 8/28/06; CBS Sportsline 8/28/06; usopen.org; The Washington Post 10/27/95
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. . . .