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Fatal stabbings highlight violence against women in Egypt

Egypt Cairo street scene

Cairo, Egypt Reuters A series of violent crimes against women in Egypt has drawn attention to gaps in legal and social protections that leave female citizens vulnerable to attacks and harassment, victims and activists say.  The highest profile case was the murder in late June of 21-year-old student Nayera Ashraf, who was stabbed 19 times […]

Religious leaders in Australia still have a long way to go in supporting victims of family violence, research shows

Dr Ruth Powell

Melbourne, Australia A world-leading research organisation identifying church values has concluded religious leaders have a long way to go to meet community expectations around supporting victims of domestic and family violence.  The latest research from the National Church Life Survey concluded that two thirds of clergy and church leaders have dealt with domestic and family violence […]

European court urges Russia to tackle domestic violence

Moscow, RussiaAP A top European human rights court issued a ruling Tuesday urging Russia to introduce measures tackling domestic violence against women, which it said is happening on a “staggering scale” amid “systematic problems in securing prosecutions and convictions.”  The European Court of Human Rights ruled in a case that four Russian women filed after […]

Turkey formally quits treaty to prevent violence against women

Ankara, TurkeyReuters Turkey officially withdrew on Thursday from an international treaty to prevent violence against women, enacting a decision that drew condemnation from many Turks and Western allies when President Tayyip Erdogan announced it in March. Thousands were set to protest across Turkey, where a court appeal to halt the withdrawal was rejected this week. […]

Britain passes “life-saving” law on domestic abuse

Uk London Houses of Parliament woman

London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation Britain passed “life-saving” domestic abuse legislation last week that campaigners say will protect millions of women, hold more abusers to account and clamp down harder on revenge porn. About 2.4 million people, mostly women, experience domestic abuse every year, according to the government. A woman looks towards dark clouds over the […]

“No voice”: Child brides left out of India’s domestic violence data

India Rajasthan child bride

Mumbai, IndiaThomson Reuters Foundation Child brides being beaten by their husbands will no longer be included in India’s biggest survey of domestic violence – potentially hiding the problem and making it even harder for married girls to get help. India’s national health survey is a mine of statistics on key social indicators – from fertility […]

Crime and what punishment? Russian women pin hope on domestic violence ruling

Russia St Petersburg womens rights protest

Tbilisi, GeorgiaThomson Reuters Foundation She got slammed against her bathroom door and beaten up for refusing her husband sex. He got off with a small fine. Welcome to Russia – where an estimated one in five women suffer violence from their husband and where rights groups say the law offers little punishment and even less […]