News Brief 3/5/2013, Adar 23, 5773
Vatican, Iran Resist UN Efforts to Fight Violence Against Women
The Vatican, Iran and other religious states are resisting efforts by a UN conference, which started Monday, to demand tougher global standards to prevent violence against women and children, AFP reported.
More than 6,000 non-governmental organizations are registered at the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women, one of the biggest events held at the UN headquarters which regularly turns into a diplomatic battle.
This year's meeting has been made more emotive after an attack in October by the Taliban on 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai for her attempts to promote girls' education