CBCnews is reporting that Canadian Foreign Minister Laurence Cannon was informed Sunday by an Afghan official that a new family law, which as Natasha G. reported last week, critics say legalizes marital rape, “has been halted and will be revised.”
The law as written, gives husbands the right to sex every fourth night unless the wife is ill. It only affects Shia Muslims, who make up about 15 per cent of Afghanistan’s population.
The Afghan government’s change seems to be in response to Saturday’s NATO summit in Strasbourg, France during which several of the world’s leaders including Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, U.S. President Obama, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel all expressed strong opposition to the new law.
Can I get a shout out for Obama, Merkel, Harper, and Sarkozy? It’s nice to see the world’s leaders sticking up for the equal rights of women and girls.