Welcome to the 18th 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.

Rape has been used as the most violent weapon of war. In the Republic of Congo, hundreds of women are being sexually violated by rebel soldiers in front of their families. The United Nations (UN) held an emergency meeting on August 26, 2010 to discuss the horrific situation. Unfortunately, the UN is learning that the numbers being reported keep increasing as more news from Congo is being received.

The United Kingdom (UK) has decided to opt out of the European Union’s directive on human trafficking. Home Secretary Theresa May defended that “most of the elements” of the directive were already being adopted by the UK. Besides other government players criticising the Home Secretary’s decision, the Archbishop of York John Sentamu has accused the UK government on “sitting on the sidelines” when other nations are tackling the cross-border problem.

On a more optimistic note, men around the world are partnering with women to stand up against domestic violence especially when it involves women. In the State of New York, men walk in stilettos for an event called “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” as a symbol of their solidarity against violence against women. In Canada, an agency that provides shelter for abused women and children is boycotting the annual “Take Back The Night” march because men are banned from walking. “Take Back The Night” is a North American movement that fights violence against women.

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It’s time to stop violence against women. Together.

Regards,

The Pixel Project Team

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General Violence Against Women News
She Gave Birth and Died as Delhi Walked By
Afghanistan: Female Campaigners Abducted and Killed
UN Agencies Uniting Against Violence Against Women
India: A Statement from Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression
Kansas: Far More Men Kill Women Than Vice
Native Women “Disappear” in Canada
Ireland: Men Urged To Fight Violence Against Women
Bangladesh: Violence Against Women Still Rising
European Union Parliament Calls For Year To Fight Violence Against Women

Domestic Violence
Ball Gown Exchange Raises Money To Fight Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence in South Africa
Azerbaijan Holds Conference on Domestic Violence
Former Wall Street Executive On Surviving Domestic Violence
Father Accused of Abusing Family For 15 Years
Promoting Respect
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Police Pilot Program For Domestic Abuse Reports
Domestic Violence Pervades Russian Homes
Pop Music In Portraying Domestic Abuse UK: Actor in TV Anti-Abuse Ad Assaulted Ex-Partner
Australia: Domestic Violence Charity Extends Services For Children

Rape
Illinois: New Law Requires Testing Of All Rape Kits
Australia: Teenage Girls Stalked By A Dark Menace
UN Security Council Holds Emergency Meeting Over War Rapes In Congo
UN Peacekeepers Cite Delay In Learning About Mass Rapes In Congo
India: Evidence Washed Away In First Kurla Rape Case
UK: Rape Trades Anonymity To Make Sure Rapist Stay Behind Bars
UK: Police Officer and Former Mr. Gay UK Denies Rape
Racing For Rape Victims in Congo
From Bad to Worse: Over 500 Raped In Congo
Florida: Middle-Schooler Avoids Jail Time For Rape

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