December 2012 VAW Monitor

December 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.

StopVAW Website News

Expert's Corner: Domestic Violence in Croatia. Learn More  

New Research and Reports

New Report: Implementation of the Republic of Moldova's Domestic Violence Legislation: A Human Rights Report  

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National News

  • Afghanistan: leaders Work to End Practice of "Walwar"   (More information)    
  • Afghanistan:  Judicial System Provides Accountability for Police Perpetrators of Sexual Assault (More information)  




  • Belgium: New Report on Migrant Women's Access to Protection from Domestic Violence   (More information)
  • Egypt: Young Activists Fighting for Safety for Women in Cairo Streets (More information)     


  • India: An Increasing Number of Gender-Based Violence Cases Cause Women to Speak Up   (More information)    
  • India: Caste Members Demand Justice for Rape Victim (More information)




United States


International and Regional News
United Nations Expert Group Urges Decriminalizing Adultery Laws
United Nations experts urged member states to eliminate laws criminalizing adultery which are known for establishing harsher punishments for women compared to punishments for men.  (More information)   

European Economic Crisis Makes Migrant Women Vulnerable to Sex Trafficking

Police in France broke up a Nigerian human trafficking ring in which young women were brought there via Italy for sexual exploitation
(More information)

New Resource on Gender-Based Violence in Europe
The European Institute for Gender Equality
, in cooperation with five national European gender equality documentation centers and libraries, has recently launched Europe's Resources on Gender-based Violence to provide comparable data on violence against women in the European Union
. (More information)   


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 fellows, interns, and volunteers include Eleanor Frisch, Calleigh McRaith, and Aurelija Olendraite. /