September 2012 VAW Monitor


September 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.

StopVawWebsiteNewsStopVAW Website News

The Stop Violence Against Women Website has a NEW look.
Please visit our home page at and check it out!

Expert's Corner:   Domestic Violence and Child Custody: The Dangers of a Presumption of Joint Physical Custody Learn More


New on StopVAW: The section on Domestic Violence and Child Custody and all subsections. Learn More   

nationalnewsNational News

  • Afghanistan: Child Bride Finds Justice Amidst Dangerous Situation for Women (More information)
Côte d'Ivoire 
  • Côte d'Ivoire: Nine Women Convicted of Female Genital Mutilation in Landmark Ruling   (More information)


  • Namibia: Judge Rules that State Hospitals Sterilized Women Without Consent  (More information)


  • Pakistan: Woman Suffers "Honor" Killing at the Hands of Brother in Open Court  (More information)

South Sudan 



United Kingdom  

United States
  • United States: Minnesota Supreme Court Reverses Broad Interpretation of Domestic Abuse Act (More information)
  • United States: White House Announces New Strategy to Combat Gender-Based Violence Globally (More information)
InternationalandRegionalInternational and Regional News
Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women Concludes 52nd Session
The 52nd Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women came to an end on 27 July 2012, marking the Committee's 30th anniversary. During the three-week session, state parties submitted reports on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
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ResearchandReportsNew Research and Reports

New Report by U.N. and W.H.O Releases Research Agenda on Sexual Violence in Humanitarian and Post-Conflict Settings 

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New Report Evaluates Gender Justice in the International Criminal Court    

(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 interns and volunteers include Betsy Hoody, Laura Stecker, Eleanor Lewis, Eleanor Frisch, and Victoria Rau. /