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MAY 2015

A "state of emergency": Why domestic violence in regional NSW needs urgent attention


APRIL 2015
Women's Agenda

Why do women stay in violent relationships? In many instances because they can’t afford to go anywhere else


MARCH 2015


UNITED NATIONS — The evidence is ubiquitous. The gang rape of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi sets off an unusual burst of national outrage in India. In South Sudan, women are assaulted by both sides in the civil war. In Iraq, jihadists enslave women for sex. And American colleges face mounting scrutiny about campus rape.

Despite the gains women have made in education, health and even political power in the course of a generation, violence against women and girls worldwide “persists at alarmingly high levels,” according to a United Nations analysis that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon presented to the General Assembly on Monday.

MARCH 2015

 @HHigginbottom presents International ‪#‎WomenofCourage‬ Award. Watch: http://t.co/58Uc9lZRv7 http://t.co/B0zz9VHBKW


This war is inhumane in every way, beheadings, mass shootings and expulsions. And now we hear reports of mass rapes.”
Our co-worker Ala Riani reports from an Iraqi Kurdistan in fear and chaos after ISIS’ advances.


In their statement issued yesterday, inter alia the CEDAW Committee called for the implementation of Security Council Resolution commitments.  WILPF endorses absolutely their demands and calls for:

  • the full involvement and equal participation of women in the resolution of the conflict and current peace talks between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories;
  • the integration of a women’s rights and gender perspective in all processes related to the resolution of the conflict and the collective responsibility of the international community to ensure their participation;
  • consultations with women groups and incorporating gender perspective into all aspects of the humanitarian response in Gaza.


All India Women’s Conference deplores
domestic violence
July 1st 2012
All India Women’s Conference (AIWC), a non-government women’s organisation working to uplift women and children across the city, has been organising a two-day half yearly conference in Chandigarh, which began on Saturday.

   Written By: Elena White
Article Date: Jul 5, 2012 - 10:00:49 PM
As proven by the flurry of reports on violence against women, VAW has become over the past 20 years an increasingly important topic in terms of health, human rights and development issue.

Yemen is a traditional society where prevailing cultural attitudes bestow women low status in the family as well as in the community.

Women in Yemen are subjected to various forms of violence, including physical and psychological abuse within the family, deprivation of education, early marriage, forced marriage, exchanged marriage, exaggerated dowries lead to missed opportunity for marriage, sexual harassment, abuse and violence, restrictions and control over freedom of movement, exclusion from private and public decision-making roles and processes, forced pregnancy, polygamy, denial of inheritance, deprivation of utilizing from health services, and female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) - Click on Link above for full report

South Africa: Ending Violence Against Women - Eve Ensler Launches:
South African Leg of Global Campaign
 July 5th 2012

One in three women is raped or beaten on our planet. On a planet of 7 billion people, that's one billion women who experience this savage violence.

To respond to this crisis, Eve Ensler* has launched a global campaign - The One Billion Rising Campaign - which seeks to mobilize one billion people to come together on 14 February 2013 to take a stand against these terrible acts against women.

Ensler launched the South African leg of the campaign in Melville, Johannesburg, on 30 June 2012.

Fazila Farouk, executive director of the South African Civil Society Information Service, talked to her about The One Billion Rising Campaign, her work in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Egypt.

*Eve Ensler is founder of V-Day, a global activist movement that seeks to end violence against women and girls. She is an Award winning Playwright - famously known as the author of the Vagina Monologues, which was translated into over 48 languages and performed in more than 140 countries.


The government has launched an initiative aimed at tackling sexual violence in war zones across the world.

It is hoped the scheme, which is backed by actress Angelina Jolie, will mean more perpetrators of sexual violence can be pursued in international courts.

UK experts will be trained to deploy at short notice to gather evidence in conflict-hit areas, under the scheme.

Rape is often used as a tactic of war against men, women and children in conflicts across the globe


 August 2014

The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence will finally come into force on 1 August 2014 upon the Andorra’s ratification of the Convention in April 2014. The Convention is considered ground-breaking since it is the first European Convention focusing specifically on violence against women and obliges ratifying states to take necessary measures for prevention, protection, prosecution and to act with due diligence.[1] The Convention, also known as the Istanbul Convention, was first presented in Istanbul in 2011 and Turkey became the first signatory to the Convention. As a woman from Turkey should this development make me more hopeful about the future of women’s rights in Turkey?