Marine Corps Now Allowing Women to Train for Combat
The male-dominated Marine Corps announced on Monday that it will allow women to train in Quantico, Virginia at its infantry officer school. Women will also be allowed to participate in ground combat battalions. Marine Corps commandant General James F. Amos announced these new rules in an All Marine Message (ALMAR).
According to General Amos, 40 women will be assigned to 19 battalions over the next couple of months. This will allow the Marine Corps to study women's performance in these units. Women are still restricted from joining infantry battalions. As the data is examined, roles for women in the Marine Corps may expand. General Amos wrote in the ALMAR, "I will consider the results and impact of the exception to the ground assignment policy, the quantitative research, and the total force survey as we make future recommendations regarding the potential assignment of women to ground combat element units."
This summer, women will be allowed to attend the three month long infantry course, but will not graduate as infantry officers. Instead, they will fill jobs currently open to women. Women are still prohibited from serving combat roles, but more than 140 women have been killed while fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. Women make up 7 percent of the Marine Corps.
Media Resources: New York Times 4/25/12; Time 4/25/12; Stars and Stripes 4/24/12; Marine Corp ALMAR 4/23/12; Jezebel 4/20/12
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. . . .