This week’s round-up certainly has an international flavour, with all of our articles coming from outside Australia this week.

  • In NZ, Women’s Refuge are still wanting more information on the police statistics of domestic and family violence
  • Anushay Hossain speaks out about rape as a weapon of war in the Bangledesh war of Independence, and the legacy this left
  • Jessica Buchleitner takes a look at the need to ‘destigmatise’ rape and hold rapists to account around the world
  • In South Africa, there is progress being made in ending Ukuthwala – the ‘tradition’ of kidnapping young women and forcing them to marry
  • Still in South Africa, and the disturbing news article that highlights the often increased risk of rape for women with disabilities
  • In post-conflict West Africa, domestic violence is now emerging as the biggest threat to West African women
  • and finally, an interesting article from Rita Banerji, a gender activist and blogger from India

Upcoming Events and Training


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  • The Association of Women Educators conference being held in July 2012 – for details and registration click here


  • The No To Violence conference in November 2012
  • The 7th Womens Health Conference will be held in Sydney in 2013
  • Australian Women’s Coalition is calling young women between 18 – 30 years who live, study or work in Auburn, Bankstown, Liverpool or Coffs Harbour NSW, or in Canberra, ACT to be a part of SHOUT!  A series of three free workshops will run in each location, complemented by an online network of support and skills-sharing and a local network of participants and AWC member organisations. The workshops will culminate in community events on Harmony Day next year, 21 March 2013. Find out more here