Welcome to the 29th 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.

On February 7, 2011, two United Nation officials called on countries and organizations worldwide to help end the practice of female genital mutilation. According to the officials, more than 6,000 communities in Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya and Senegal have ceased practicing this dangerous age-old tradition because of a three-year-old UN program.

In Canada, members of Edmonton’s Muslim community organized an inaugural Purple Hijab Day on February 12, 2011. Purple Hijab Day was held to raise awareness of domestic abuse and not just in the Muslim community. These Muslim women wanted to show the world that they are not oppressed and this event hopefully relayed that.

On February 24, 2011, an official global launch ceremony was held in New York for UN Women. “UN Women will significantly boost UN efforts to promote gender equality, expand opportunity, and tackle discrimination around the globe,” affirms United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

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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
Launch of UN Women
India: PM Concerned Over Women’s Security
Palestinian Cabinet Endorses National Strategy to Combat Violence Against Women
Gender Inequality Brought Into Focus at Beirut Human Rights Film Festival
Immigration Judge Grants Asylum To Abused Woman From Honduras
What to Say to Boys and Young Men About Big Ben
National Law Has Contempt For Women
Jamaica: Sexual Harassment Law Coming
Morocco Fighting Discrimination and Violence Against Women

Domestic Violence
Immigrant Women Need Protectors
Celebrities Tangled Up in Domestic Violence
Purple Hijab Day
OU Develops Screen For Impending Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Police Sweep Nets 9 Arrests
Domestic Violence Victims to Get Better Protection
Trapped in Violence: Undocumented Domestic Abuse Victims
The Welfare Reform Bill Will Trap Domestic Abuse Victims

Rape
Soldiers on Trials Charged with Congo Mass Rape
US: Protect Detainees in Immigration Facilities from Rape
New Law Requires College to Teach About Sexual Assault
Accused FLDS Teen Rapist Gets Slap on Wrist
New York City Cop Admits Rape in Recording
Pennsylvania Man Acquitted of Rape, Hung Jury on Assault
No Rape Rap For Prem Ace Klasnic

Female Genital Mutilation
Tostan Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Community-led and Community-Driven Development
Campaign Against Female Circumcision Intensifies in Ethiopia
UN Official Calls for End of Female Circumcision
Female Circumcision — 90 Percent of Childbearing Women in Egypt?
Female Circumcision Migrating to the West
Efforts Need to be Made to Rid Nigeria of Female Genital Mutilation
Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
Women Fights For Asylum To Save Daughter

Human Trafficking
Oregon: Bills Target Sex Trafficking of Minors
Washington State: Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to End Human Trafficking
Fitness Event to Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking
Missouri Approves Human Trafficking Legislation
College Students Start Club Against Modern Slavery
Health Workers Shocked By Level of Human Trafficking
Texas: Bills Filed to Combat Child Trafficking
Trafficking Victims Lured By “Friendly” Acquaintance

Activism
Inspirational Interview: Nancy Schwartzman
March 20th: International Anti-Street Harassment Day
Sydney Boys High School Gender Equality Program
I am Woman: Celebrating British Columbia Heroes
Senegalese Female Gender Activist Among “100 Most Inspiring People”
Women Rally Against “Eve Teasing” in South Asia
The Right to Choose Starts with the Walk for Choice
New Legislation Spur Student Activism Rallies

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