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Who We Are
The Violence is Not our Culture (VNC) Campaign is a global network of organisations and individuals committed to end all forms of discrimination and violence against women being justified in the name of culture / religion. It was launched on 25 November 2007 with then UN Special Rapporteur on VAW Yakin Ertürk in Istanbul and has, since then, established its presence in Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. It has been active in engaging with states and the UN human rights system to acknowledge the relentless misuse of culture and religion to violate women's basic rights and freedoms.
The Campaign was catalyzed by the Stop Stoning Forever Campaign in Iran and by other groups who have been working on the intersections between violence against women (VAW) and culture, such as the campaign against stoning in Nigeria, whipping and lashing in Indonesia, and the groups at the forefront of campaigning against "honor" killings in Pakistan. The Campaign is a project of the Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network and grows out of the analyses and collaborations with the Women's Empowerment in Muslim Contexts (WEMC) research programme and WLUML partners.
The main thrusts of the Campaign are :
- Taking actions on behalf of women and girls at risk of CVAW;
- Supporting sister campaigns / local initiatives through solidarity actions and building their capacities;
- Acting as an information / knowledge base on gender-based discrimination including VAW justified in the name of 'culture'; and
- Linking the global and local struggles of partners in its strategic use of the human rights framework and engagement with international and regional human rights mechanisms.