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Keep up to date on our activities! You will find all the statements, publications, actions and documentation of our international events and campaigning activities of our local partners here.

Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill is Anti-Human Rights and Anti-Democratic: ACT NOW TO STOP IT!

May 10, 2011

The Global Campaign to Stop VAW in the name of "Culture"  (VNC Campaign) extends our unequivocal solidarity with the Ugandan lesbians, gays and other progressive citizens that continue to fight against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda.  The Bill is explicitly anti-human rights and anti-democratic and contravenes the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and other international human rights treaties to which Uganda is a party.  National dialogue and understanding of homosexuality in Uganda is widely known to being

Sakineh, A Symbol of State Violence

March, 2011

This video marked the launch of the online campaign: Stop state violence against women in Iran!, which is a project by one of our partners, the Institute for Women's Empowerment (IWE). The campaign goal is to mobilise public opinion, both national and international, to stop Iranian state violence against women.

Human Rights Council Sessions

March 25, 2011

During the 16th session of the Human Rights Council, we organized a panel on Cultures, Traditions and VAW: Human Rights Challenges in collaboration with the International Women’s Rights Action Watch- Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP), the Partners for Law in Development –India and the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID). We also launched our publication "Control and Sexuality" on zina laws to draw attention to how zina has become part of the legal system in some Muslim contexts to 'justify' human rights violations against women and sexual minorities.

Panel Discussion and Book Launch: Zina Laws, Human Rights and State Accountability

March 11, 2011

Zina Laws, Human Rights and State Accountability

Panel discussion and book launch of “Control and Sexuality: The Revival of Zina Laws in Muslim Contexts “

Friday, 11 March 2011, 12-2:00 p.m.
Room XXV, Building E, Palais des Nations


•    The nexus between freedom of religion and religious beliefs and women’s rights.  
      Prof. Heiner Bielefeldt, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

VNC: Secure the independence of women's shelters in Afghanistan.

February 22, 2011

Uphold the rights of Afghan women and girls to be freed from gender-based violence. Secure the independence of women's shelters in Afghanistan.

The Global Campaign to Stop Violence against Women in the Name of ‘Culture’, an international network of women’s human rights defenders and advocates, fully supports our sisters in Afghanistan in resisting their government’s attempt to put the country’s women shelters under State control.

Panel Discussion - Cultures, Traditions and Violence Against Women: Human Rights Challenges (Geneva, Switzerland)

March 7, 2011

EVENT: Panel Discussion at the UN Human Rights Council (Geneva, Switzerland)

Cultures, Traditions and Violence Against Women: Human Rights Challenges

Date: Monday, March 7th 2011
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Room XXIV, Building E, Palais des Nations


Farida Shaheed
UN Independent Expert on Cultural Rights

Urgent Appeal from International Civil Society: International Community Must Ensure Rights of Egyptians are Upheld

February 1, 2011

We, civil society organizations from across the world, strongly urge all governments, as well as regional and international organizations, to clearly and unequivocally denounce the ongoing violent crackdown against the public protests and demands for democratic reform and government accountability that have been occurring across Egypt since the 25th of January.

VNC Marks 3 Years with Global Actions

November 28, 2010

16 Days of Activism 2010: The Violence is Not our Culture campaign marks its third year with a series of global actions

 On the eve of this year’s commemoration of the 16 days of Activism against Gender Violence, the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women launched its new name:

Violence is not our Culture: A Global Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women in the name of ‘Culture”
(VNC Campaign)

Statement on the occasion of the International Day for Women Human Rights Defenders

November 29, 2010


Defend women's human rights. Declare our culture free from violence!

Joint Action by the Take Back the Tech and Violence is Not Our Culture Campaign

29 Nov 2010

VNC condemns the murder of David Kato

January 31, 2011

The Violence is Not out Culture campaign condemns the brutal murder on 26 January 2011 of LGBT human rights defender, David Kato, of Uganda and extends its condolences to his colleagues at Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). David was a long term activist for rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Uganda, and was a highly respected and admired human rights defender within his community and worldwide.