Documenting Violence Against Women in 10 Countries

Publication Date: 
September 19, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Author and journalist Karin Alfredsson founded 'Cause of Death: Woman' to investigate the worldwide epidemic of VAW.

Karin Alfredsson is spearheading a nongovernmental project to document violence against women around the world, and to highlight the shortcomings and successes of legislation and other initiatives aimed at helping to curb it.

Stockholm: Violence against women worldwide causes more deaths and injuries than traffic accidents, cancer, and malaria combined.

Brazil: Important steps taken to promote cultural rights but challenges remain, says UN Expert

Publication Date: 
November 19, 2010

(Veja abaixo a versão em português – Portuguese version, see below)

BRASILIA – The UN Independent Expert on Cultural Rights, Farida Shaheed, said Thursday that Brazil’s adoption, on 9 November, of a National Plan of Culture is a major breakthrough for the promotion and the protection of cultural rights in Brazil and underscored the need to strengthen efforts to make laws, plans and programmes a reality on the ground.

“The adoption of the National Plan of Culture gives new impetus for Brazil to make their laws and programmes a living reality on the ground,” the Independent Expert said, noting that “many stakeholders pointed out that effective implementation remains a major challenge to overcome.”

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani offered asylum by Brazil's president Lula

Publication Date: 
August 1, 2010
The Guardian
Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani

Offer raises hopes Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, will be spared.

Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has stepped into the international outcry over , the Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, by offering his country as a refuge, a move which raised hopes her life will be spared.

The surprise offer prompted an immediate reaction from , which considers a key ally. Iranian officials softened their tone with Ashtiani's family over the weekend and official media reported full details of the story for the first time.

"I don't think Iran can ignore Brazil as easily as it ignored other countries," Ashtiani's son, Sajad, told the Guardian today. "It is very important that Brazil, as one of Iran's most significant allies in the world, has offered a haven for my mother."

Study: In Brazil, 10 women killed daily in domestic violence

Publication Date: 
July 12, 2010

-- Every day, 10 women are killed in domestic violence cases in a country known for its glorious models, according to a new study released Sunday.

And it takes a high-profile incident -- such as the case against a Brazilian goalkeeper who is the prime suspect in the disappearance and murder of a woman -- to bring attention to the problem, said Women's Affairs Minister Nilcea Freire.

The government-sponsored study, called Map of Violence 2010, found that 41,532 women were murdered in Brazil between 1997 and 2007.

Crimes of Passion: The Campaign against Wife Killing in Brazil, 1910-1940

Publication Date: 
January, 2001

From the article:

"Intense and widespread social concern over crimes of passion exploded in brazil in the 1910s and lasted through the 1930s. (This term refers to homocides resulting from conflicts related to love and/or sexual relations. In pradctice, the crime was generally a male crimes, involving the killing of women -- and/or their suitors -- by husbands, fiances, lovers, or fathers and brothers.) Crimes of passion were by no means a new phenomenon in Brazil, according to Portuguese law (to which Brazil was subject during the colonial period), a married man who discovered his wife in the act of committing adulery had the elgal right to kill bother her and her suitor, and the social custom of doing do did not die with the formal abrogation of this 'right'. Suddenly, however, these crimes began to be experiences as particular threatening."