January 2013 VAW Monitor

January 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


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 domestic violence, sex trafficking, sexual assault, female genital mutilation or harmful practices in your country. Learn More 

National News


Czech Republic       



  • Liberia: Journalist Praised for Reporting on FGM Receives Death Threats (More information)

South Sudan   

United States

  • Minnesota: Klobuchar Advocates for Sexual Assault Victims in the Military (More information)
New Research and Reports

New Resource: Oxfam's Guide to Eliminating Violence Against Women 

(More information)


New Resource: Ending Violence Against Women in Afghanistan (More information)      

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International and Regional News
New EU Conclusions Combat Violence Against Women
The Council of the European Union recently delivered its conclusions on combating violence against women, putting violence against women back on the political agenda and calling for immediate action.  (More information)

Lessons From the Fight Against Human Trafficking

During the "16 Days Against Gender Violence" campaign, human rights advocates have reflected on what they have learned from the fight against human trafficking.
(More information)

Global Economic Crisis Leads to Younger Victims of Prostitution
The global economic crisis has led more impoverished women and children into prostitution.
(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, and Aurelija Olendraite.


www.stopvaw.org / www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org