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    U.N. to Fight Violence Against Women

    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08:  (L-R)Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Ex. Director, UN Women,Ban Soon-Taek,Susan Sarandon, Alexandra Richards, Kelly Rutherford and Monique Coleman attend the March On March 8 at United Nations on March 8, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

    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.”

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