Women around the world celebrated considerable progress this week in events celebrating International Women's Day, but domestic violence continues to be problematic.
According to a United Nations survey many women believe it is appropriate for a husband to hit a wife in some circumstances. Jordan ranks first with about 90 percent of women agreeing with the statement followed by Mali (87 percent), Timor (86 percent) and Ethiopia (81 percent).
The UN survey is non-comprehensive; it is missing data on women's attitudes about domestic violence in many countries, including Aghanistan and Iran. "Unfortunately attitudes to domestic violence in some of the missing places may be even worse than they are in Jordan," the Economist reported.
Countries have unique ways of marking the holiday, reports the LA Times. For example in Egypt, women marched together to demand the right to help draft the new constitution. In Sudan women held a parade, the first of its kind since militant Islamic groups were ejected from the capital city of Mogadishu. Female activists in Palestine drew attention to the treatment of Hana Shalabi, a Palestinian woman who has been held without charges in an Israeli jail since Feb. 16.
On Wednesday, women in Turkey used the holiday to proteste domestic violence while splattered with artificial blood. The Turkish parliament reacted by approving a package of laws aimed at better protecting women and children from abuse. The package includes tougher punishments for abusers, shelters for victims and measures that would allow police to invertene faster, reports the Washington Post.