Archive for November 24th, 2011

24/11/2011

Six in 10 Women Suffer Physical and/or Sexual Violence

Human Wrongs Watch

New York – Six in 10 women have suffered physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, a majority from their husbands or partners.

Photo credit: UN


Facts like this have urged the UN to call for engaging all of society, and especially young people, to end violence against women, “a scourge that spans the globe and takes many forms, including rape, domestic violence and harassment at work.”

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24/11/2011

Occupied Afghanistan Has ‘Long Way to Go’ in Protecting Women

Human Wrongs Watch

New York – “There is a long way to go before the rights of Afghan women are fully protected,” says a UN report, noting that the government has not yet succeeded in applying a two-year-old landmark law to the vast majority of cases of violence against women.

Credit: UN

The 2009 Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) law criminalises “child marriage, forced marriage, selling and buying women for the purpose or under the pretext of marriage, baad (giving away a woman or girl to settle a dispute), forced self-immolation and 17 other acts of violence against women, including rape and beating.’

It also specifies punishment for perpetrators,” the report which was issued two days ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Nov. 25.

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