Welcome to the 20th 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 United States (US) government has declared October national Domestic Violence Awareness Month and men are showing their support by getting involved. Male employees of the Sheriff’s Office in Clay County, Florida are growing beards to help raise funds for the Quigley House Domestic Violence Shelter & Sexual Assault Center. In Canada, businessmen marched through Toronto in high heels to raise awareness of global violence against women. In Wisconsin, a group called “Voice of Men” is asking men “to step up and take a stand against violence toward girls and women.” And in California, more than 100 members of a college football team signed a pledge in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The US is also in the process of considering an “International Violence Against Women Act” as part of its foreign policy. President Barack Obama has emphasized the role of women in international security and global economic growth. But the Act also has some opposition: the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops fears that abortion would be more accessible. As a result, the Act does not respect “sanctity of life” according to the pro-life community.

The fight against violence against women is getting more funding all over the world. From the United Nations to local governments, grants are being given to agencies that help raise awareness of gender-based violence and give assistance to victims. And women themselves are changing the face of philanthropy by refocusing charitable organizations towards the struggle against 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
US: County Gets Federal Grant For Domestic Abuse Court
UK: Labour Party Conference: Coalition Putting Women At Risk
Violence Against Women on the Rise in the Caribbean
US Activist Defends Immigrant Women Against Gender-Based Violence
The Importance of the International Violence Against Women Act
“Male Privilege” Plaguing Society
Actress Sees Role as Empowering to Women
Extraordinary Gathering of Asian Women Leaders
The International Violence Against Women Act’s Uncertain Future
No Talks With Taliban Who is Against Women’s Freedom
UN Makes Grants to Initiatives Against Gender-Based Violence

US Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Torrington, Connecticut Observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Florida: Growing A Beard For Domestic Violence Awareness in Clay County
Tim McGraw Honored By Men Stopping Violence
Wisconsin: Area Men Want Voices Heard Fight Against Violence
California: College of San Mateo Football Team Pledge Against Violence Against Women
Utah: Hundreds of Balloons Released to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence
Fasting Against Violence At Home

Rape/Sexual Assault
Man Admits Sex Crimes Against 1000 Women Over 22-Year Period
Africa Takes Stand Against Sex Abuse
Mass Rape in Congo Reveals UN Weakness
Haiti Earthquake Camps Expose Women Sexual Violence

Domestic Murder
Brazil: 10 Women Are Killed Daily Study Reveals

Female Genital Mutilation
A Documentary on Female Genital Mutilation Makes Appearance at UK Film Festival
Massachusetts: A Speaker at Smith College Breaks Silence on “Female Genital Mutilation”

Gendercide
Multimedia Project Cast Spotlight on India’s “Disappearing Daughters”

Child Brides
Zimbabwe: Campaign to Stop Young Girls Being Married Off to Elderly Men

Domestic Workers
Kuwait: Weak Legal Protection For Domestic Workers Lead To Abuse By Employers

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