Welcome to the 83rd edition of The Pixel Project’s VAW e-News Digest!
Despite unprecedented political momentum to fight rape in war zones, sexual violence remains a global crime affecting women, men and children in more than 20 countries. The United Nations (UN) recently published a report, which identifies 34 armed groups, militia and government security forces, responsible for using rape as a tool in conflict zones. A senior UN official urged greater action at the regional and national levels during the launch of the report.
Andorra and Denmark have ratified the Council of Europe’s treaty on combating violence against women in late April. With this milestone met, the treaty will become binding on August 1, 2014. Countries ratifying the treaty are obligated to protect and support victims of violence.
Prostitution has been legalised in Germany in 2002. And thanks to a new smartphone app, there may no longer be a need to comb the streets in search of a prostitute. A client can use the app to locate nearby sex workers from the comfort of their own home simply by selecting the man or woman of choice from a list of profiles. While the app has only been in service for a few weeks as of April 29, 2014, critics are already pointing out the darker side of the service. Andrea Matolcsi, the program officer for sexual violence and human trafficking at Equality Now, argues that an app like Peppr is still inherently exploiting an oppressive institution.
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Violence Against Women – General News
- AFRICA-Violence against women harms society, Pope tells African bishops
- EUROPE-Europe Treaty on Violence Against Women to Take Effect
- EUROPE-Violence Against Women: Europe’s Dark Secret
- AUSTRALIA-Victorians must speak out to tackle culture of violence against women and children
- BANGLADESH-Bangladesh joins global declaration
- CANADA-Regina and Saskatoon among the worst in incidents of domestic violence against women : report
- MALTA-President: end scourge of gender violence
- PAKISTAN-Victims of oppression: 99 cases of violence against women registered in Sukkur
- UNITED STATES-NBA has long tolerated Donald Sterling’s disgusting treatment of women, but racist comments could be Clippers owner’s undoing
- WORLD-The Grim Reaper stalks investment bankers
- AUSTRALIA-We need a safe refuge for all victims
- BELARUS-Empowering Belarusian Women To Combat Domestic Violence
- BRAZIL-Healing the scars of Brazil’s domestic violence victims
- CANADA-Massachusetts domestic violence program may have lessons for B.C.
- MALAYSIA-Refuse abuse: Finding the power to stop domestic violence
- TURKEY-‘4 Women’ Project Against Domestic Violence Launched
- UNITED STATES-Is It OK to Invest in a Company if Its CEO Beats Women?
- ZIMBABWE-Taking GBV to the grave
Rape and Sexual Assault
- WORLD-U.S. Ambassador Power At U.N. Debate On Sexual Violence in Conflict
- WORLD-UN Urges Greater Action to Combat Sexual Violence in 21 Conflict Countries
- WORLD-Anti-rape video: Why Daniel Craig’s appeal to men could really matter
- CHINA-China urges end to all sexual violence against women in conflict
- DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO-Seeking justice for victims of rape in Minova, DRC
- INDIA-Indians see rape as major national problem: Pew survey
- INDONESIA-Kartini’s Dream Remains Elusive in Indonesia
- SOUTH AFRICA-Better Health Care for Sexual Assault Survivors
- UNITED STATES-Rape in Fiction (Or: “Oh, Game of Thrones, Really?”)
- WORLD-God’s sex trafficking CSI
- CHINA-Two get jail terms for trafficking brides to China
- GERMANY-Looking for a Prostitute? Germany Has an App for That
- INDIA-Police bust sex racket in Gurgaon, arrest six
- MOLDOVA-Modern-day slave trade snares Moldovans
- NETHERLANDS-Amsterdam pays heavy price for selling out to sex and drugs
- NORWAY-Sex Trafficking Network Revealed in Norway
- SOUTH AFRICA-The Legalisation of Prostitution: Social Crisis or Social Liberation
- UNITED STATES-Between Human Trafficking And Sex Trafficking, A Short And Deadly Step
Female Genital Mutilation
- WORLD-How should society address the problem of female genital mutilation?
- WORLD-Is Female Genital Mutilation Anti-Circumcision?-OpEd
- WORLD-New Prosecutions Bring Scrutiny to Female Genital Cutting
- WORLD-Supporting women after genital mutilation
- EGYPT-Egyptian doctor to face nation’s first trial over female genital cutting
- GAMBIA-Activists Battle Religion, Tradition in Gambia’s Female Genital Mutilation Fight
- KENYA-100 Girls Rescued From FGM
- SOMALIA-Somali Minister of Women Condemns Genital Mutilation, Forced Marriages
- UNITED KINGDOM-FGM operation planned for UK airports
Forced Marriage and Honour Killing
- CAMBODIA-Tribunal Prosecutor Wants Forced Marriage, Rape Added to Fourth Case
- INDIA-Families of honour killing victims take Satrol khap decision with a pinch of salt
- IRAQ-Child marriage could become law in Iraq this week, but it’s a global scourge
- NIGERIA-Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Forced To Marry Extremists: Reports
- PAKISTAN-Honour killing: Bodies of two Shikarpur girls exhumed
- SAUDI ARABIA-Saudi scholars say ‘forced marriages are against Islam’
- SRI LANKA-Girl Commits Suicide After Being Forced To Marry Her Rapist
- UNITED KINGDOM-Derby to host first national conference on forced marriage
- YEMEN-Call for Yemen to End Child Marriage
- WORLD-Five Ways Men Benefit from Women’s Empowerment
- AUSTRALIA-‘I was a broken woman’: The Bachelor contestant Natalie Sady speaks out about her traumatic experience with domestic violence
- INDIA-Violence against women should not be tolerated: Shabana Azmi
- IRAQ-Female candidates fight for rights in Iraq campaign
- NIGERIA-Emmanuel Ikubese, 25, Wins Mr Nigeria 2014
- RWANDA-First Lady – We Have to Keep Up Fight for Women’s Rights
- UGANDA-Native festival honours women
- UNITED KINGDOM-Highgate writer uses literature to further the fight against FGM
- UNITED STATES-Men don heels to join fight against sexual violence