Welcome to the 16th edition of The Pixel Project’s VAW e-News Digest! As usual, we bring you the latest and most relevant news related to violence against women and efforts at eradicating it from around the world.

The world has made some progress in protecting women’s rights but violence against women is still increasing. Time magazine has put an 18-year-old Afghan girl Aisha with her disfigured nose on the cover of the August 9, 2010 issue. The image’s main purpose was to point out the debate over the United States’ occupation of Afghanistan but it has evolved into a general symbol for women’s rights.

On the issue of female genital mutilation, Mali has 400 villages that have stopped the practice and an American surgeon is reconstructing in women what has been misshapen by circumcision. Sex trafficking awareness is increasing with American actress Susan Sarandon campaigning against it and British actress Emma Thompson sponsoring a play that focuses on the issue in Scotland.

There is a disappointing increase in the abuse of women but there are also some optimistic developments that can be celebrated in the protection of women’s rights. To end this maltreatment of women, the world must first see that men and women are equal. Only then will women be given rights and opportunities equal to their male counterparts in education, the workplace and the home.

Every contribution matters. If you have any news you’d like to share concerning violence against women, reach Karina at karina.tayag@gmail.com. If you prefer to follow up-to-the-minute news concerning violence against women, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/thepixelproject.

We can stamp out violence against women, together.

Regards,

The Pixel Project Team

General Violence Against Women News

Lessons from Aisha – A Teachable Moment about Standing Up to End Violence Against Women

India: Latest figures on Violence Against Women in Sindh released by the Aurat Foundation should be more than just a reminder of abuse

Sudan: Activists denounce parliament’s call to introduce stoning for adulterous women

US programme to help Namibia tackle gender-based violence

Pakistan Introduces a New Bill to Reduce Acid Attack incidents

Public Shaming Incident Under Investigation in India

Africa: Women’s Rights – Mobilisation and Implementation

SADC women representation dwindling

South African Struggle Is Not Over Yet

Women’s lot in Togo is hard labour and few rights

Cultural Values Against Female
Hinder Education In Kenya

India: Violence Against Women Going Down?

The Hollow Language of Women Empowerment in India

Violence Against Women: Highest Number Reported in Punjab

Domestic Violence

Financial Stress Linked to Domestic Violence

Whoopi Goldberg Scolded Over Domestic Violence Comment


Toronto: Scarce Housing Mainly Goes to Abuse Victims

UK Domestic Violence Charity Gets Cash Boost

Funds available for GPS monitoring of domestic violence offenders

Asylum Granted to Mexican Woman in Case Setting Standard on Domestic Abuse

Sex/Human Trafficking

California Bill Add Penalties to Human Trafficking

UK Human Rights Group Slam Sentences Given to Sex Traffickers

Human Trafficking Awareness Walk in Sacramento, CA

UK CPS launches consultation on human trafficking public policy

Stars Lend Support to Child Sex Trafficking Campaign

Edinburgh Show Tackles Sex Trade

Susan Sarandon’s Child Sex Trafficking Crusade

Craiglist Respond to Sex Ad Accusations

Women Brainwashed Into Life of Prostitution

Rugby World Cup is Magnet to Sex Traffickers

Honour Killings

Only 10 per cent of Pakistan Law Enforcers of Honour Killing Laws

Ashtiani outrage spurs Iran to commute stoning sentences to hanging

Honour Killings in the UK

Female Genital Mutilation

Miss Africa USA to Raise Awareness about Female Genital Mutilation

Girls in Cameroon Face Mutilation For Protection’s Sake

U.S. surgeon starts giving circumcized African women their lives back

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