Welcome to the Pixel Project VAW e-News Digest – Edition 4 (aka our Christmas Edition)!
As usual, we have collated the most relevant news on Violence Against Women (VAW) across the world that came out over the past 2 weeks. Each headline summary is hyperlinked and will click through to the full article.
Over the past two weeks, two incidences related to honour killing in the West have surfaced: the prosecution of two fathers who murdered their own daughters for supposed ‘crimes’ against their ‘honour’.
They have raised very uncomfortable questions for others. Everyone recognizes that crimes against honour are wrong. No one wants to appear racist. The debate is undertaken by Poorna Shetty on a commentary in The Guardian, who tells her readers to stop tiptoeing around the issue of honour violence, as the United Kingdom seeks for ways to address the issue of honour violence through respective communities, such as the launch of Practical Solutions.
Around the world, we find stories that are downers – a case of suspected honour killing in Canada will only come to the courts in 2011 – and stories that put a big smile to our face, such as the possibility that the United States may grant victims of domestic violence political asylum. It needs to be understood that the value of a human life is not an issue of culture. As activists of Indonesia have pointed out, you must not confuse culture or customs for human rights.
A matter of less media attention, but extremely important, is the marking of December 17, the international day to end violence against sex workers. The oldest profession in the world is also the most dangerous — sex workers, many of whom are women (cisgendered or transgendered), and many of whom are minors, are susceptible to rape, psychological and physical abuse, as well as exposure to life-threatening STDs. Read the facts about prostitution here.
In our section on sex trafficking, we highlight cases paid attention to by mainstream media sources around the world concerning the underground trade of human beings — often minors — for purposes of sex. Apart from coverage by mainstream media, I highly recommend paying attention to this article on 7 key sex worker activist projects in the United States, which seeks to address the level of exploitation in prostitution — including the high level of gender-based violence — by addressing important issues about their work.
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General violence against women
Egypt: A three-day conference organized by the German Technical Organization (GTZ) and the Network of Women’s Rights Organizations to study the challenges of women’s rights organizations in the region.
Indonesia: “You don’t use women as bargaining chips; you don’t confuse culture, customs or autonomy with human rights”. An analysis on the Islamization of Indonesia, in particular of the Aceh province, and its relationship to women’s rights.
United Kingdom: Domestic violence victims urged to not suffer in silence; the number of reported incidents of domestic violence tend to rise over the Christmas holidays with increased levels of stress, alcohol and debt as frequently contributing factors.
United Kingdom: 17-year old charged for raping 12-year old ‘wife’. “If you have been forced into a marriage or have been a victim to such sexual abuse, there is help out there. The police will help you. Do not feel frightened to speak out” – UK police.
United Kingdom: Extent of forced marriage problem revealed. How serious is forced marriage in the United Kingdom? According to the statistics of women seeking help in the Waltham Forest area, one in four have been seeking help from forced marriages.
United Kingdom: Victims of honour violence – forced marriage or violence based on ‘honour’ – can turn online for help with the launch of Practical Solutions, a website to assist them based on the charity of the same name which has been assisting victims of honour violence for a decade.