August 2012 VAW Monitor



August 2012
In This Issue:
StopVAW Website News  

The Stop Violence Against Women website (StopVAW) is a forum for information, advocacy, and change.
The site addresses violence against women as one of the most pervasive human rights abuses worldwide. StopVAW provides women's rights advocates with information and advocacy tools focused on ending the most endemic forms of violence against women, including domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and trafficking in persons.

StopVawWebsiteNewsStopVAW Website News

Expert's Corner: Resources for Human Rights Defenders Learn More


New on StopVAW: A section on Women's Human Rights Defenders and Safety has been added to Advocacy Tools. Learn More


New on StopVAW: A section on Harmful Traditional Practices has been added to Gender Violence Worldwide. Learn More

nationalnewsNational News

  • China: Woman Forced to Terminate her Pregnancy for Violating One-Child Policy  (More information)



  • Mexico: New Report on Violence Against Women Human Rights Defenders  (More information)


  • Nepal: Activists Making Progress in Fight to Eradicate "Kamlari" System of Indentured Servitude  (More information)




  • Peru: Civil War Reparations Extend to More Victims of Sexual Violence (More information)

South Africa 

South Sudan 

  • South Sudan: Women Face Human Rights Abuses Despite Constitutional Protections (More information)
InternationalandRegionalInternational and Regional News
New UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Envoy Appointed
United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon appointed Zainab Hawa Bangura to serve as Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, an envoy position created to address issues like rape, sexual slavery, and forced marriage. (More information)  

Court Recognizes Father's History of Violence as Grave Risk of Harm to Children 

A new case from the U.S. District Court for Minnesota recognizes that a history of spousal abuse, coupled with other risk factors, supports a grave risk of harm defense to return of children under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (More information)


Human Rights Council Holds 2012 Women's Rights Panel    

The Human Rights Council of the United Nations recently held its annual day of discussion on women's rights, focusing this year on violence against women and the efforts and protection of women human rights defenders. (More information)


Conference in Georgia Raises Awareness of Istanbul Convention  

A seminar that focused on the new Convention on Violence Against Women (the Istanbul Convention) was co-hosted by the Council of Europe, UN Women, and ICPDV Georgia in Batumi, Georgia. (More information)


OHCHR Addresses Hidden Violence Against Women and Girls

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) performed a thematic analytical study on violence against women and girls with disabilities. (More information)


ResearchandReportsNew Research and Reports

New Report on Abandoning FGM in East and West Africa

(More information)          


Child Marriage Interaction Map Launched by the Ford Foundation   

(More information)


New Report Analyzes Link Between Gender-Based Violence and HIV in Tanzania (More information)

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Is your country in the process of drafting or amending a domestic violence law?

The Advocates for Human Rights provides commentary to laws and amendments on domestic violence upon request. See examples of our Commentary on National Laws here.


Additionally, The Advocates for Human Rights works on domestic violence legal reform, including trainings for legal professionals and extensive research and reports that monitor domestic violence laws and implementation in partner countries. Learn more about this work.


To request commentary or to inquire further, please contact Cheryl Thomas at


Current staff members of The Advocates for Human Rights involved with the development of StopVAW include: Mary Ellingen, Beatriz Menanteau, Mary O'Brien, Rosalyn Park, Robin Phillips, Helen Rubenstein, and Cheryl Thomas. Current interns and volunteers include Betsy Hoody, Laura Stecker, Eleanor Lewis, Eleanor Frisch, and Victoria Rau. /



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