The Pixel Project’s VAW e-News Digest: Edition 44 – Special 16 Days Edition

Welcome to the 44th edition of The Pixel Project’s VAW e-News Digest! As usual, we bring you the latest and most relevant news related to violence against women and efforts at eradicating it from around the world. In this special edition for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, we collate the best of the 16 Days news and activities from around the web for your easy access.

Violence against women has always been a global pandemic even before recorded history. But it only has been in the last century or so that it has started to be formally addressed by governments and general society. Even then, the violence against women still rages on in every country, in every city and it is still being largely ignored by most of the world’s population.

In 1991, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership held an event that begun the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. The 16 Days Campaign, for the last 20 years, has been used by individuals and groups around the globe to raise awareness of gender-based violence as a human rights issue; and in creating strategic tools in eliminating all forms of violence against women. The Campaign links two important dates in human rights activism calendar: November 25th, the International Day Against Violence Against Women and December 10th, International Human Rights Day.

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General Violence Against Women News
Eve-Teasing: Cops to Hit the Streets
Combatting Violence Against Women
Bill on Elimination of Violence Against Women Soon: Sitara
Turkey Marks Day for End to Violence Against Women with New Charter
Flogging for Fornification “Inhumane and Degrading Violence Against Women”: Navi Pillay Tell Majlis
Women Still Face High Rates of Sexual Violence: Komnas
Let’s Support Inclusion of Men in Preventing Violence
Minister Warns Hardline Regimes: Respect Your Women or Aid Ceases
Arab Women Fight to Defend their Rights
Policy Agenda Needed to End Violence Against Women
Arusha’s Legal Aid Clinic Ensure Justice Prevails
To Women’s Rights, Financial Institutions Pay Lip Service Only
Juliana: They Failed to Break My Spirit
Agenda for Female Legislators
Exhibit Enlists Visitors in Helping Abused Women
Human Rights of Women and Girls at ‘Extreme Risk’ in Nearly Half the World-Maplecroft

Domestic Violence
Media Should Give Voice to Victims of Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence a Major Issue in China
Support Job Compensation for Domestic Violence Victims
Patrick Stewart Visits Bristol School to Raise Violence Awareness
Pakistan: All Set to Make Domestic Violence a Crime
Nigeria: Lagos Law On Domestic Violence
A Shelter to Protect the Honour of Women
Uganda: HIV/Aids Infection Spreads Faster With Domestic Violence
What You Can Do to Eliminate Domestic Violence
UMBC Receives $25,000 Grant to Continue Domestic Violoence Prevention Program
Taking Aim at Domestic Violence
WKU Students in Women’s Studies Class Organize Domestic Violence Awareness Event
Protesters Walk in High Heels to Highlight Domestic Violence
N.J. Toddler’s Murder Prompts State Review of Domestic Abuse Guidelines
Real Housewives’ Taylor Armstrong to Pen Memoir About Marriage to Russell, Domestic Abuse
More Teenagers Reporting Domestic Violence

Rapes, Retribution in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Man Guilty of Raping Ex-Girlfriend and Then Framing Her
Jailed Afghan Rape Victim Has Sentence Reduced, Remains in Jail
Virginity Test’ Case Against Military Adjourned to December 27
Laurent Gbagbo Faces Murder and Rape Charges
Afghanistan Rape Victim Pardoned But Faces Marriage Pressure
Military’s Newly Aggressive Rape Prosecution Has Pitfalls
Bureaucracy Has Blossomed in Military’s War on Rape
Libyan Women Demand Support for War Rape Victims
Serb Given 18 Years for Murder and Rape in Bosnian War
Angelina Jolie’s Directorial Debut Named in a Copyright Lawsuit
Rape Epidemic in War-Torn Somalia
Pledge on Aid for War Rape Women
Liberian Women Stalked by Rape
After Elections, What Now for Congo?
Eradicating Rape in Wartime

Female Genital Mutilation
No More Suffering in Silence
Ban Ki-Moon Urges Governments to Combat Female Genital Mutilation
Genital Mutilation On Rise In London, Women’s Group Warns Teachers
Kenyan Women Moving to Do Away with F.G.M.
SGBV Turns Worrisome Issue in Sierra Leone
Refugee Tribunal Must Reconsider Mutilation Threat
Kenyan Girls Cross Into Tanzania to Escape Mutilation
Reid Looks to Strengthen Genital-Mutilation Ban
England: 3500 Girls are at Risk of Mutilation in the Capital
The Yin, Wounded
Awards for Activists Against Injustice
“It Was Very Scary. I Was Mortified.”
Women in Somalia Lobby Against Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
San Francisco Vigil for Lives Lost to Circumcision
Great Lakes Presidents to Discuss FGM
A Rite of Wrongs

Forced Marriage
Forced Marriage in the UK: Hidden from View
Why Were Criminals Let Free?
New Forced Marriage Law Comes Into Effect in Scotland
Battling Denial in the Fight Against Forced Marriage
Australia to Make Forced Marriage Illegal
Forced Marriages in Germany More Prevalent than Thought
Melissa Paris, Valeska’s Sister, And Her Own Ordeal in Scientology’s Cadet and Sea Orgs: Forced to Marry at 16
Forced Marriage: Mother Grabbed
When ‘Culture’ Clashes with Gender Rights
Kyrgyzstan Starts Anti-Bride Kidnapping Campaign
Tanzania: More ‘Emusoi Centres’ Needed to End Child Marriage
Norway Assured Support on Forced Marriage Issue
Student Jumps Out of Vehicle to Her Death
No Prosecution for Mum of Girl Rescued from Forced Marriage
Afghan Sisters Hurt in Acid Attack Over Rejected Proposal
Forced Marriage Up to 70 Per Cent in Myanmar

16 Days of Activism
Violence Against Women Is a Global Pandemic
16 of The Pixel Project’s Best Blog Articles…So Far
Transforming Personal Pain Into Positive Action: The Pixel Project’s 16 Female Role Models 2011
16 Memorable Ways of Dealing With Street Harassment
The Pixel Project Selection 2011: 16 Films About Violence Against Women
Activism 101: 16 Striking Campaigns for the Cause to End Violence Against Women
16 Days of Gender Activism: Violence is Not Just Killing Women, It is Killing the Economy
365 Days of Violence Against Sierra Leone’s Women and Childeren: Time For A Stronger Response
Uganda: 16 Days of Activism Against Violence
16 Days: Gender Violence is Everyone’s Problem
Argentina Invites Media to Former Torture Center Ahead of 16 Days Global Campaign
Fighting Violence Against Women in Yemen Continues
Political Instability Worsens Domestic Violence
16 Days of Activism: Couples in the Congo stand up to the stigma of rape
16 Days of Activism Campaign and White Ribbon Campaign Start

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