March 2013 VAW Monitor



March 2013


In This Issue:

StopVAW Website News  

National News

International and Regional News

New Research and Reports

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


StopVAW Update: A fact sheet on domestic violence is now available. Learn more 


StopVAW Update: All of the sub-sections of Domestic Violence Law and Policy, Regional Law and Standards were updated. Learn More 


Call for Submissions: UN Women and The Advocates for Human Rights is accepting 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 

 Return to Top


nationalnewsNational News






  • Canada: Failure to Protect Indigenous Women and Girls from Violence  (More information)




  • Pakistan: Girl Shot by Taliban Sends a Message to the World- I'm Alive  (More information)






United States  

  • United States: Violence Against Women Act and Trafficking Victims Protection Act Reauthorized (More information)


 Return to Top  


ResearchandReportsNew Research and Reports


New Report: United States, Washington D.C. Police Neglect Sexual Assault Cases  

Human Rights Watch reported that sexual assault victims in Washington, D.C., are not receiving an adequate response from the Metropolitan Police Department

(More information) 

Return to Top 


InternationalandRegionalInternational and Regional News


United Nations: New Global Report on Trafficking in Persons

The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime released the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons detecting human trafficking for sexual exploitation and forced labor in 118 countries throughout the world.
(More information)

Albania and Portugal Ratify Istanbul Convention

Albania and Portugal ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. (More information)

United Nations Report: Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation Gaining Ground 

Recently released figures by the United Nations Population fund and the UN Children's Fund indicate that female genital mutilation is waning in a majority of the 29 countries that still pervasively practice it.
(More information)


 Return to Top 

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, Karianne Jones, Jill Jensen, and Aurelija Olendraite. /