Welcome to all our new subscribers, and a Happy 2012 to everyone! 2012 looks set to be another big year as AWAVA moves to new projects and continues to try to put an end to Violence Against Women – but for the moment, here is some catch-up reading on articles published over the break 

  • The Herald Sun reported on the expected rise in reports of Family Violence during the Christmas period – read the full story here
  • The Sydney Morning Herald published an opinion piece on the impact women are having politics and leadership in countries such as Egypt, Liberia, and Papua New Guinea
  • Still in Egypt, and a court has  ruled that the “Virginity Tests’ carried out on female demonstrators is a human rights violation
  • The Age reports an an increase of migrant women seeking help from refuges
  • The National Times publish this opinion piece  by Leslie Cannold about the importance of ensuring women’s rights in the face of so-called ‘religious and cultural’ beliefs


  • The Guardian in the UK reports on a number of women’s groups pushing for the Leveson inquiry to address sexism in the media.