May 2013 VAW Monitor



May 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.



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StopVAW Update: A California State Page has been added. Learn more


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nationalnewsNational News




Bosnia and Herzegovina     

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: New Legislation to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence  (More information)  


  • Ecuador: Press Release - Presidential Statement on Violence Against Women  

(More information)  



  The Gambia  





  • Morocco: New Online Database Provides Means for Judicial Consistency in Enforcing Women's Rights (More information)


Papua New Guinea    



United States 


  • Yemen: Safe Streets Campaign Launches Sexual Harassment Hotline 

(More information) 


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ResearchandReportsNew Research and Reports


New Report on Child Marriage in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal 

(More information)


New Data on Trafficking in Human Beings (More information)


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InternationalandRegionalInternational and Regional News


Status of the Council of Europe Convention on Violence Against Women
(More information)

United Nations: Treaty to Prevent Arms Trade in Gender-based Violence 

(More information)


United Nations Special Rapporteur to Investigate Violence Against Women in India (More information)

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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. /