Welcome to the 117th edition of the VAW e-News Digest!
June 2016 has been a terrible month as far as global headlines that caught our attention are concerned. Incidences of violence against women seem to be continuously in the spotlight: the light sentence against the Stanford rapist sparked massive social media outrage, the video of a gang-rape that went viral in Brazil sparked strong reactions from Brazilians and Argentinians, and the horrific incidences of rape in Indonesia was followed by an announcement that rapists in the country would be punished by castration (a punishment that some experts have mentioned will not work).
Even incidents of violence that seem to be unconnected to gender are revealed to have links with violence against women: the terrible massacre of 49 people in the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse was committed by a perpetrator of domestic violence. Many believe that domestic violence is not taken seriously enough as an indication of future acts of aggression. The shooting of Jo Cox, an MP in the United Kingdom, although motivated by far-right nationalist sentiments in the UK, can also be taken as an indication of how women politicians are more likely to be on the receiving end of violent threats.
On the other hand, people around the world are becoming more outspoken on issues of violence against women. In Pakistan, where some religious figures have recommended forms of ‘acceptable’ domestic violence, women have protested via social media with the hashtag #TryBeatingMeLightly. In Canada, women are trying to use comedy as a space to reclaim their dignity as rape survivors and to reverse the convention of rape jokes being part of rape culture.
An interesting social science report that has also emerged this month is what is known by some as the Nordic paradox – countries with a high rate of equality between sexes and genders also witness a surprisingly high rate of domestic violence. Are women from these countries more likely to report cases of violence, or are there deeper cultural issues involved?
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General Violence Against Women
- WORLD: Angelina Jolie and the quest to stop women’s abuse
- AUSTRALIA: Australia’s four large sporting codes join forces with Our Watch to stop violence against women
- CAMBODIA: Project to stop violence against women launched
- INDONESIA: Women were some of the worst victims in the 1965 atrocities
- IRAQ: A tide of violence and discrimination against women in Iraqi Kurdistan
- PAKISTAN: Laws fail to check violence against women
- PALESTINE: Will new Palestinian agency be enough to stop violence against women
- SOUTH AFRICA: South Africans engage men in fight to end violence against women
- TUNISIA: Majority of Tunisian women have experienced violence in public space
- UNITED KINGDOM: Vile online abuse of female MPs needs to be stopped now
- WORLD: Amber Heard vs. Johnny Depp: Divorce, domestic violence and the shifting economy of marriage
- EUROPE: The Nordic paradox – Highest in gender equality and intimate partner violence
- The PACIFIC ISLANDS: Ending family violence in the Pacific – law is not enough
- CHINA: The limits of China’s first anti-domestic violence law
- FIJI: Attorney General says that budget will address domestic violence
- AUSTRALIA: Prison sentences have little impact on future domestic violence reoffending
- CANADA: Peter Jaffe says public awareness of domestic violence improving
- PAKISTAN: #TryBeatingMeLightly shows Pakistani women won’t stand for wife-beating bill
- UNITED KINGDOM: Supporting the children who witness domestic violence
- UNITED STATES: In Orlando, as usual, domestic violence was ignored as a red flag
Rape / Sexual Assault
- WORLD: Rape – why is it so hard for countries to combat?
- BRAZIL: Video of girl allegedly gang raped shocks Brazilians
- BRAZIL and ARGENTINA: Brazil and Argentina unite to protest sexual violence following recent attacks on young girls
- INDONESIA: Indonesia’s government vows to castrate rapists. It won’t work.
- QATAR: Dutch woman held in Qatar after making rape complaint
- SOUTH AFRICA: The ‘almost unbelievable’ prevalence of rape
- SOUTH SUDAN: No one held responsible for sexual violence in South Sudan
- SOMALIA: Somalia’s uphill battle to criminalize sexual violence
- UKRAINE: UN sees threat of protracted war in East Ukraine conflict, sexual violence following
- UNITED STATES: What makes the Stanford rape case so unusual
- EUROPE: Migration crisis adds to Europe’s slavery problem
- BANGLADESH: Heartbreaking photos show what it’s like living in a walled city of a brothel
- CHINA: The film China doesn’t want you to see
- GUATEMALA: Guatemala ‘closes its eyes’ to rampant child sex trafficking – UN
- INDIA: India unveils first-ever comprehensive draft law on human trafficking
- NIGERIA: Migrant crisis fuels sex trafficking of Nigerian girls to Europe
- PAKISTAN: Human trafficking a systemic failure of the State and its institutions of justice
- PARAGUAY and EUROPE: Bust highlights Paraguay to Europe sex trafficking
- THAILAND: 15 underage sex workers freed in Bangkok brothel raid
- TRINIDAD and the UNITED STATES: Explosive Trinidadian film ‘Trafficked’ screens Sunday at SF Black Film Fest
Female Genital Mutilation
- WORLD: The sickening trend of medicalized FGM
- AUSTRALIA: First person to be imprisoned over female genital mutilation in Australia
- EGYPT: An Egyptian teenager died during an illegal female genital mutilation surgery – and she isn’t alone
- GAMBIA: ECOWAS member communities and experts on female genital mutilation lay strategies for the way forward
- INDIA: A rebellion inside a small Indian sect seeks to end a brutal custom: female genital mutilation
- KENYA: Empowering girls out on the playing field
- NIGERIA: Ekiti State government vows to enforce existing laws against FGM
- SOMALIA: Sky News urged to drop segment showing victim of female genital mutilation being cut in Somalia
- SOMALILAND: The practice of female genital mutilation
- UNITED KINGDOM: More than 1,200 FGM cases recorded across England in three months
Forced Marriage and Honour Killing
- SOUTHERN AFRICA: New regional anti-child marriage law raises hopes
- SOUTH ASIA: 130 million girls in forced marriage – report
- CAMBODIA: Forced marriage turn women into slaves
- GAMBIA: First lady calls for concerted efforts to end child marriage
- GERMANY: Germany mulls stricter child marriage laws
- NEPAL: A girl is a girl, not a wife
- NIGER: Niger’s child brides
- PAKISTAN: Woman who rejected marriage offer burnt to death
- PALESTINE and the UNITED STATES: My mom took me overseas and forced me to be a teen bride
- UNITED KINGDOM: Victims of forced marriage to receive lifelong anonymity
- AFGHANISTAN: Sonita, the Afghan teen rapping to end child marriage
- BOLIVIA: From child labourer to women’s rights defender
- CANADA: Can a rape joke ever be funny? Sexual assault survivors find out.
- CHINA: Chinese feminists show global solidarity with Stanford sexual assault survivor
- INDIA: India orders panic buttons for women installed on buses
- INDONESIA: Let’s #TalkAboutIt, Let’s Support #MulaiBicara campaign
- IRAQ: Watch Yazidi activist and sex slavery survivor Nadia Murad’s powerful message to ISIS
- PAKISTAN: Pakistani activist wins Nelson Mandela award
- SOUTH SUDAN: Women of South Sudan set agenda for gender-responsive peace agreement
- UNITED STATES: What can one generation teach another about manhood?