Mexican State of Colima Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions
Lawmakers in the Mexican state of Colima voted to change the state constitution to allow civil unions Monday. Seven of the 10 municipality officials in the state approved the constitutional reform. This is seen as a compromise, as state spokeswoman Cecilia Ramirez noted, a state survey showed that residents opposed same-sex marriage but supported some legal rights for same-sex couples. However, two congressmen voted against allowing civil unions, arguing that full marriage rights should be given to same-sex couples.
Currently, Mexico City and the state of Quintana Roo allow same-sex marriage, and the state of Coahuila began allowing civil unions in 2007. In December, the Supreme Court of Mexico ruled that a state law in Oaxaca could not be interpreted to ban same-sex marriage.
Media Resources: Sources: Associated Press 7/31/2013; BBC 7/30/2013; Global Post 7/30/2013; Feminist Newswire 12/7/2012
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .