U.N. to Fight Violence Against Women

March on violence against women at the United Nations on March 8. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty)

It has been contentious, but on Friday night the United Nations approved a plan to fight violence against women worldwide. Against the wishes of the Muslim Brotherhood, which says the plan compromises Islamic principles and family values, Egypt joined 130 other countries in approving the 17-page document. The blueprint asks all countries to condemn violence and to ”refrain from invoking any custom, tradition, and religious consideration to avoid their obligations with respect to its elimination.”