Welcome to the 23rd 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.

Germany is taking the leading role in the Western world’s fight against forced marriages. In late October, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet proposed to criminalize forced marriage in Germany with a maximum of five years’ imprisonment.

In the United Kingdom, the Islam Channel is being censored for condoning marital rape and violence against women. Ofcom, the British television watchdog, ruled the Muslim religious channel breached the broadcasting code in five separate programs from May 2008 to October 2009.

In Africa, public campaigns are making the practice of female genital mutilation less desirable. Ethiopian weddings are being used to promote the benefits of being an uncircumcised woman. Egyptian villagers are signing public pledges to stop the practice.

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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
Rwanda: Encouraging Police To Tackle Violence Against Women
Islamabad: Marked Rise In Police Torture and Rape Cases Report
Resisting Gender Violence and the US Prison Industrial Complex
British Muslim Channel Censored Over Marital Rape and Violence Toward Women
Women Building Peace and Security in the Pacific
Kuwait To Host International Conference on Violence Against Women

Domestic Violence
Arab Countries Suffer Epidemic of Domestic Violence
Insurance Company Helping Domestic Violence Victims Live in Freedom
Joining Forces Against Domestic Abuse in Armenia
Chris Brown Commended For Domestic Violence Counseling
“Anarchist” Women in Eastern Turkey Look to End Domestic Violence

Forced Marriage
German Government Proposes in Making Forced Marriage a Crime
More Australian Action Urged Against Forced Marriages
For Afghan Wives, a Desperate, Fiery Way Out
India’s Child Brides
UK: Police Raid Wedding in Forced Marriage Blunder

Honour Killings
Jordanian Journalist Lectures on Exposing Honour Killings
Should You Get Killed For Celebrating Diwali?
Man Admits to “Honour Killing” Daughter in Sweden
Screening of “Quest For Honor”
Iraqis Extradited to Britain, Jailed For Honour Killing Cousin

Female Genital Mutilation
Support For Female Circumcision Declining In Africa
Female Genital Cutting Needs More Dialogue
Genital Mutilation Challenged
Kenya Urges Ban on Female Cutting
Nigerian Group Mobilises Youth Against Female Genital Mutilation

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