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.
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We can stamp out violence against women, together.
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
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
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
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