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The following is an archive of events which VNC has hosted or participated in.

Rights Must Be At the Center of the Family Planning Summit: Civil Society Declaration

June 4, 2012

Violence is Not our Culture has joined numerous rights groups, including Amnesty International, the Center for Reproductive Rights, DAWN, the International Women's Health Coalition and RESURJ in supporting the following statement "Rights must be at the centre of the Family Planning Summit", to be presented to the organizers of the DFID/Gates Family Planning Summit which will be held in London on 11 July 2012.

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Join VNC for 2 events April 21st at the AWID Forum in Istanbul, Turkey

April 8, 2012

Join VNC for two events on 21 April 2012, at the AWID Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. We'll be hosting a talk show on "The Nexus between Culture, Gender and Other Identities: Resisting Discrimination and Reclaiming Space", as well as a workshop on "Visioning Cultures Free from Violence: Transnational Advocacy and Communications using Visual Arts and Digital Media". Full details below.

Becoming a Women: A Report on the 16 Days Campaign 2011

December, 2011

This summary report documents the activities of Solidaritas Perempuan in Indonesia, during the 16 Days of Activism 2011.

VNC Launches New Website

December 4, 2011

The international campaign 'Violence Is Not Our Culture' is excited to launch its new website.

Second Blog Series

October 30, 2011

In collaboration with Gender Across Borders, we welcome you to a blogging series exploring the relationship between culture and violence against women.

Statement of the Gender Dynamic Coalition at the UN Internet Governance Forum 2011

September 30, 2011

The 6th UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was held in Nairobi between 27-30 September 2011, and was attended by a representative of the VNC Campaign / WLUML. This year, the VNC represenative joined the Dynamic Coalition on Gender and contributed to the statement issued on the last day of the Forum.

Report on the Strategic Conversation on Addressing Gaps in the Defense of Women Human Rights Defenders

August, 2011

The VNC Campaign was privileged to be part of this meeting on women human rights defenders organised by the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) and the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition.  The Campaign was represented by AIsha Shaheed and Edna Aquino who took part in the Working Group on Families, Communities and Culture.

VNC Strategic Consultation Meeting Report

August, 2011

Twenty four (24) VNC partners, activists and allies gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 5-8 May 2011 to review the first three (3) years of the Campaign and to map out its future.

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

Presentations

•    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

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

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)

VNC Strategic E-Campaigning Workshops: Women Re-claiming Culture through Tactical Technology

November 28, 2010

In 2010, the Violence is Not our Culture (VNC) Campaign hosted two Strategic E-Campaigning workshops, based on the expressed needs and desires of our partners in the Asia and Africa regions, with the intention of enhancing the effectiveness of our advocacy and communication strategies for our networked campaigns in their local contexts. 

Take Part in our Action!

November 27, 2010

Culture plays a large part in perpetuating violence against women. Sometimes cultural attitudes are hidden in everyday assumptions about how we should behave and interact with each other. For example, sexist jokes or remarks in the workplace get brushed aside because it is part of the office's "work culture". Other times, “culture” is used explicitly as a way to perpetuate and defend certain acts of violence against women. For example, laws that violently deny the rights of lesbians through forced counselling, imprisonment or corporal punishment are justified as being part of a country's culture or tradition; or excusing the murder of a woman deemed to have engaged in "immoral behaviour" because she breached her community's "honour code".

Report on the CSW forum on the Women Reclaiming and Re-defining Cultures (WRRC) program and SKSW documentary film screenings

March, 2010
The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women


On March 10, the Global Campaign To Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW Campaign) hosted a forum to introduce the Women Re-claiming and Redefining Cultures (WRRC) programme and a screening of two video documentaries on violence against women and girls justified in the name of ‘culture'.

Proceedings of the CSW panel discussion on violence against women and girls justified in the name of culture

March, 2010
The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women

On March 3rd, a panel discussion on violence against women and girls justified in the name of culture was held by the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning women (SKSW Campaign) during the 54th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

Keynote Address of the launch of the Global Campaign by Ms. Yakin Ertürk

November, 2007
Yakin Ertürk, former Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences

On 25 November 1960, Mirabel sisters were assassinated under the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. The incident gave impetus to the anti-regime movement, resulting in the fall of the dictatorship the following year. The lives of the Mirabel sisters, now known as the 'unforgettable butterflies', became a symbol for women in Latin America and the Caribbean in their struggle to combat violence against women. They declared Nov. 25 as the day for no violence in 1981, the observance of which soon spread to other parts of the world.

AWID Forum: "The Power of Movements". Capetown, South Africa, 2008

From November 14-17, the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW), will present at the AWID Forum 2008 in Cape Town, South Africa. If you will be at the Forum, please stop by our Campaign Corner to learn more about our campaign and how you can get involved.

About the Forum: From November 14-17, 2008, at the Cape Town International Convention Center, up to 1,500 women's rights leaders and activists from around the world will converge on Cape Town, South Africa at the 11th AWID International Forum to discuss the power of movements.

Campaign member speaking on SKSW at the Center for Women's Global Leadership

Watch Aisha Lee Shaheed discussing the SKSW Campaign at the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutger's University:

Human Rights for Women <-> Human Rights For All: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights for Women ‹–› Human Rights For All: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) Tuesday, March 4, 2008 Church Center at the UN, 777 UN Plaza, 2nd floor, New York (entrance at 44th Street near 1st Ave) 5:30-8:30pm

Human Rights for Women Human Rights For All: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Launch of the Global Campaign

The Launch of the Global Campaign took place at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey on 25 November, 2007.