On Tuesday, the Chicago Teacher Union voted to end their week and a half long strike and return to the classroom Wednesday morning. For the first time since 1987, Chicago's public school teachers went on strike on September 10th.
A vast majority of the teacher's unions' 800 delegates voted to end the strike and return to work after considering the latest contract between the union and Chicago Public Schools. Karen Lewis, the president of the teacher's union, stated "We said that it was time - that we couldn't solve all the problems of the world with one contract, and that it was time to suspend the strike."
Before accepting the contract, it must be voted on the by union's entire membership of 26,000 teachers. It will take weeks before final voting results are available, however, Lewis is optimistic that the contract will pass.
Media Resources: New York Times 9/18/12; Feminist Newswire 9/10/12
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. . . .