July 2013 VAW Monitor



July 2013


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: Report on Sexual Exploitation Provides Impetus for New Law in Minnesota, USA.  Learn more 


StopVAW Update: The Enforcement Mechanisms in the United Nations section of StopVAW (under International Law) was recently updated.   

Visitors will now find the most up-to-date information available on engaging with the UN human rights system, including the Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, the Commission on the Status of Women, and the human rights treaty bodies. The content, while applicable to all issues of human rights, has been tailored to specifically guide advocates working to end violence against women. The website provides comprehensive information on how to submit individual complaints of human rights violations; how to monitor and submit reports on State party compliance with international human rights law; links to relevant UN webpages, treaty text, and concluding observations; and other important resources. Learn more


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National News




  • Afghanistan:New Report Reveals Police Violence against Women   (More information)     






  • Kenya: In Landmark Ruling, High Court Orders Reinvestigation of Sexual Violence Cases (More information)   



  • Nicaragua: Women Victims May Be Required to Negotiate With Their Abusers (More information) 



  • Syria: Violence against Women Remains Persistent but Underreported Feature of Conflict (More information)


  United States

  • United States: Military Leaders Under Attack for Handling of Sexual Assault Cases  (More information)  
  • United States: Senate Armed Services Committee Attempts to Change Sexual Harassment Response Procedure (More information)   






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New Research and Reports


New Report: European Women's Lobby Presents Recommendations on Combating Rape (More information)    

New Report: World Health Organization Classifies Violence against Women as "Epidemic" (More information)

New Report: U.S Department of State Releases 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report (More information)


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International and Regional News


UN Women Paper Outlines Comprehensive Approach for Achieving Gender Equality

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Council of Europe's Istanbul Convention Calendar of Events 

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UN Security Council Adopts Resolution Taking Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict (More information)

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