November 2012 VAW Monitor

November 2012
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

Updated on StopVAW: The Domestic Violence International Legal Framework section and all sub-sections were updated. Learn More  

National News

  • Afghanistan: United Nations Marks International Day of the Girl Child with Focus on Forced and Early Marriage (More information)   


  • Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Leaders Investigated for Violence against Women   (More information) 


United States
  • United States: 10th Anniversary of Death of Domestic Violence Advocate (More information)
International and Regional News
United Nations Draft Resolution Gives Hope for Eliminating Female Genital Mutiliation
A group of high-profile activists at the United Nations are about to finish a draft resolution banning female genital mutilation. The resolution is being initiated by African member states of the U.N., led by Burkina Faso. (More information)   

Conference Highlights Problem of Forced Sterilization 
Although coercive sterilization is internationally condemned by 119 countries that have signed The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, thousands of girls and women around the world are still denied the right to decide about their own reproduction. (More information)

New Resource: Online Library on Gender-Based Violence The Avon Global Center for Women and Justice (Law School of Cornell University) has launched an online library called the Women and Justice Collection. (More information)   


ResearchandReportsNew Research and Reports

Coercive Control: A New Model for Understanding Domestic Violence  

(More information)     


New Report: Implementation of Croatia's Domestic Violence Legislation

(More information)


New Report: Sexual Violence Against Girls in Zambia's Schools

(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, and Aurelija Olendraite. /