Links to international news stories about violence against women.

"THAILAND: Fighting domestic violence"

Rights-Thailand: Young Men Say No to Violence Vs Women

"Youth Say NO to Violence against Women in Thailand," May 19, 2009

8445 women victimised in country last year: report

The EU must break its silence on violence against women

Ruta Pacifica: Colombian Women Against Violence

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) has launched an advocacy campaign “Say NO to Violence against women” on ending violence against women. UNIFEM has set a goal of reaching at least one million signatures by 25 November, the International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women. Visit and add your names

The Independent reports that “The West African regional Court of Justice has convicted the state of Niger of failing to protect a 12-year-old girl from being sold into slavery, in what has been hailed as a victory for human rights.” Hadijatou Mani, who was sold into slavery at the age of 12, spoke out against slavery insisting that “Nobody deserves to be enslaved. We are all equal and deserve to be treated the same ... no woman should suffer the way I did."

Dr. Theo-Ben Gurirab, President of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), warns that “Violence against women remains a major issue on the international human rights and parliamentary agenda.” In response to President Gurirab’s call to action, IPU launched a three-year programme aimed at supporting parliaments in making an end to violence against women a national priority.

According to a news story on the website of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), “there has been a 40% increase in reports of physical violence against women in Afghanistan.” Additionally, suicides among women and deaths in childbirth are on the rise. The majority of women in Afghanistan still have no access to medical care before, during, and after childbirth.

United States Dept. of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women: