Welcome to the 55th edition of The Pixel Project’s VAW e-News Digest, our first edition of the VAW e-News Digest of 2013. As usual we bring you the latest and most relevant news related to violence and efforts at eradicating it around the world.
In this edition we highlight the recent failure of the US House to re-authorise the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The act, which has been in existence since 1994, failed to be re-authorised after House Republicans could not agree to the terms of VAWA that was said to extend protection to immigrants, Native Americans and members of the LGBTIQ community.
We also highlight further developments of the gang rape in Delhi including how laws related to crime and sexual assault in India may be altered as well as the increased calls to re-evaluate attitudes towards women in the country.
This fortnight, we also have good news: Malala Yusufzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting education for girls, has recovered and is allowed to leave the hospital. We salute this brave and determined young woman who is an inspiration to all activists of women’s rights around the world.
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It’s time to stop violence against women together.
The Pixel Project Team
General Violence Against Women
- AFGHANISTAN – Violence against women still has a long way to go despite progress
- EGYPT – Rising violence against women worries rights activists
- INDIA – Rapid urbanization to blame for violence against women in India
- NIGERIA – Artistes campaign for stoppage of violence against women
- UNITED STATES – House Republicans lets Violence Against Women Act die without a vote
- UNITED STATES – US House votes to not reauthorize domestic violence programme
- UNITED STATES – Speakers Boehner and Cantor kill decades-old violence against women act
- UNITED STATES – Opinion – When did violence against women become a partisan issue?
- UNITED STATES – Opinion – Why Congress should be more diverse
- UNITED STATES – Network news fail to show coverage of the failure to re-authorize VAWA
- UNITED STATES – Gov. Deval Patrick of Boston signs new law to help domestic violence survivors extract themselves from housing leases
- UNITED STATES -Housing law change in Massachusetts helps victims of domestic violence
- UNITED STATES – Domestic violence survivor hopes to inspire others to leave abusive relationships UNITED STATES – Shelters and survivors of domestic violence help native communities break cycle of abuse
Rape and Sexual Assault
- BARBADOS – Surprising public silence in Caricon on two rape cases
- INDIA – Suspects of Delhi rape case charge
- INDIA – Opinion: The colonial hangover of India’s rape law
- INDIA – Opinion: Rape in India could be rooted in cultural preference for boys
- INDIA – No consensus on death penalty for rape, age of juvenile lowered from 18 to 16
- INDIA – The gang rape could be a catalyst for change for women
- INDIA – A horrible attack could prove a turning point for India’s women
- INDIA – Delhi women turning to self-defense classes
- INDIA – No special session for tightening rape laws
- INDIA – The statistics of rape conviction rates across India
- INDIA – Politician accused of rape stripped and beaten publicly
- INDIA – New Delhi rape triggers supreme court hearing on sex crime laws
- UNITED STATES – Defense team responds to social media ‘blizzard’ following a rape
- NIGERIA – Challenges to human trafficking in Nigeria
- UNITED STATES – New York cabbies required to view anti-sex trafficking video
- UNITED STATES – Events to raise awareness on human trafficking in Vista, California
- UNITED STATES – Time to shutter local sex trade in Hawaii
- UNITED STATES –Trafficking victim found in Atlanta fell through cracks of anti-human trafficking programs
- UNITED STATES – Law review symposium addresses human trafficking in Tennessee
Honour Killing and Forced Marriages
- INDIA – ‘Honour killings’ bring dishonor to India
- PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Government has failed to act on forced marriages, says rights group
- PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Call for tougher law enforcement to protect underage girls in Papua New Guinea from forced marriage
- UNITED KINGDOM – Sixty county residents have called the forced marriage helpline
Female Genital Mutilation
- INDONESIA – Government told to stop female circumcision
- KENYA – 90 girls from the Kuria district saved from FGM
- LIBERIA -Journalist threatened for her coverage of FGM
- SENEGAL – Reconstructive surgery for those who have experienced female genital mutilation
- TANZANIA – When grandmothers take the lead against FGM
- CAMBODIA – ‘Red Wedding’, a documentary that covers forced marriages under the Khmer Rouge, wins an award
- NEPAL – Protest on VAW continues in Kathmandu
- NEPAL – Rights activists continue their sit-in against VAW
- PAKISTAN – Malala Yusufzai, schoolgirl shot in the head for promoting education for girls, leaves hospital
- UNITED STATES – 60,000 college students participate in a campaign to raise awareness about sex trafficking