February 2013 VAW Monitor

February 2013
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 Moldova (More information



Call for Submissions: UN Women and The Advocates for Human Rights needs information on new laws, rules, or regulations, programmes, or promising practices that address maltreatment of widows, dowry-related violence, sexual harassment, "honour" crimes, advocating for new laws or the reforming of existing laws, implementing laws, or monitoring of laws in your country. Learn More 

National News






  • Press Release: UN Women Director Calls for Inclusive Peace Process and Stop to Human Rights Abuses of Women in Ongoing Conflict in Mali  (More information)


  Northern Ireland


  • Poland: First Step Toward Ratification of European Council's Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women (Istanbul Convention) (More information)




  • Yemen: Expanding Human Trafficking Threatens Migrant and Local Women
New Research and Reports

New Resource: Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence  

(More information)


New Resource: Violence against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean (More information)      

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International and Regional News
United Nations Secretary-General Expresses Sympathy for Indian Rape Victim
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed deep sorrow at the death of the young woman who became a victim of a brutal gang-rape in India on December 16.  

Press Release: European Women's Lobby Calls for Action to Ratify European Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women

Ask Members of the European Parliament to sign Written Declaration 37 requesting the EU to ratify the Council of Europe Convention against Violence Against Women.
(More information)

Africa: Shelter Organizations Call for Action
The African Network for Women Shelters, representing over 50 African organizations, published a Call to Action. (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 cthomas@advrights.org.


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, Sarah Super, Jill Jensen, and Aurelija Olendraite.


www.stopvaw.org / www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org