Welcome to the 26th 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.

29 Somalis were brought to court on human trafficking charges in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Investigator Heather Weyker and Assistant United States Attorney Van Vincent toiled relentlessly from Tennessee to Minnesota to prosecute them.

Fame cannot protect even Afshan Azad from the dangerous practice of honour killing. Afshan Azad gained Hollywood status starring in the Harry Potter movies. Her involvement with a Hindu man did not sit well with her Muslim family–her brother beat her and her father has threatened her life. She is now in hiding.

On December 30, 2010, former Israeli President Moshe Kastav was convicted of two forcible rapes. The plaintiff was raped by Kastav while he was the Minister of Tourism in 1998. He was also charged with sexual abuse and harassment when he was President from 2000 to 2007.

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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
The Media’s Cowardice Towards Women
Continued Crime Against Women Blasted
Dr. Shein Lobbies for Women’s Rights
Violence Against Women and China’s One-Child Policy
Cooking to End Violence

Domestic Violence
Halle Berry to Help Domestic Violence Victims
Sexy Calendar Helps Domestic Violence Victims
Crackdown on Domestic Violence in North Wales
New University of Pittsburgh Jailed on Domestic Violence Charge
Iowa: More Donations Need to Help Women of Domestic Violence

Rape
Minor Rape Suspended Until Completion of Inquiry
Margot Wallström’s Statement on Sexual Violence
Rape Reports Spike on New Year’s Day in Fresno
Israeli Court Finds Former President Guilty of Rape
Mobilising Against Sexual Violence

Honour Killing
Annual Reports of Honour Killings in Pakistan
Will Honour Killing Threats Keep Harry Potter Actress in Permanent Hiding?
United Kingdom: Colors Get Legal Notice for Airing Pro-Honour Killing Show
Honour Killings Continue in the United Kingdom
Honour Killing? Domestic Help Strangle 15 Year-Old Over Affair

Human Trafficking
Women Engaged in Trafficking Held in Ghaziabad
Illegal Human Trade Increasing in Kenya
Women Returns to Family After Being Trafficked for 25 Years
Unlikely Pair Kept Sex Trafficking Case Alive
Filipina Babysitter Says Family Enslaved Her

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