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On this page, you will find news and opinion pieces that deal with the issue of culturally justified violence against women. If you have a news or opinion piece that we should know about, write us at: info@violenceisnotourculture.org

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Man, woman face lashes in western Afghanistan for adultery

September 3, 2015

Provincial police confirmed execution of the sentence adding measures were in place to safeguard the event

A local court passed the sentence in accordance with the Sharia law and the police took measures to safeguard the event.

An Afghan man and a woman received 100 lashes each after they were found guilty of committing adultery in western Ghor province.

Women and Morality Laws in Sudan: Flogging and Death by Stoning Sentences Continue

July 8, 2015

By Hikma Ahmed, ACAL

Saadia Rajab is a 22 year old Sudanese woman who was charged with adultery and sentenced to death by stoning.

Aceh Prepares to Enforce Broader Sharia Criminal Code, With Stiffer Penalties

May 5, 2015

Sharia police in Indonesia’s westernmost province, Aceh, have begun educating the public about a broadening of the Islamic penal code set to go into effect in October this year. Behaviors punishable under the new regulations – known as Qanun Jinayat – include adultery, rape, sexual harassment, homosexual acts, and falsely accusing others of adultery.

Interview with Fahima Hashim of Salmmah Women's Resource Center

April 20, 2015

The Director of the Salmmah Women’s Resource Center in Sudan explains how the organization is changing laws and advocating on behalf of women in a country ruled by Islamic law.

IMOW: As the director of Salmmah Women’s Resource Center, what would you say is your organization’s main objective?

After Malawi’s new marriage law: what next to end child marriage?

April 20, 2015

Last week, the Parliament of Malawi adopted a law that, for the very first time, sets the minimum age of marriage from 16 to 18 years old. The Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Bill has been hailed as a step forward for Malawi, where 50% of girls are married off before 18. Girls Not Brides spoke to Ephraim Chimwaza, Programme Manager at the Centre for Social Concern and Development (CESOCODE) in Malawi, to find out what needs to happen for this new law to make a real difference on child marriage.

Lydia Alpízar (AWID) - Speech at CSW59

April 9, 2015

Transcript, Video, and Commentary - Speech from AWID's Lydia Alpazar at the 59th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women

CSW59 –Beijing Betrayed

April 1, 2015
Two decades after the Fourth World Conference on Women, women and girls around the world deserve better than this year’s CSW outcomes. At this time of celebration and affirmation of Beijing and commitment to accelerated implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, what women don’t need is an outcome weakened by its lack of engagement with women on the ground and lacking in vision and commitment.

By Naureen Shameem

Women's rights in the Indonesian province of Aceh: "The population is being systematically silenced"

April 8, 2015

Azriana Rambe Manalu, 46, and Samsidar, 48, are two of the best-known women in Aceh. In this interview with Christina Schott, they talk about how the introduction of Sharia in Aceh in 2003 has affected society – and women in particular

Isis: Shocking images released of blindfolded couple being stoned to death for sex before marriage

March 30, 2015

Shocking new images have emerged showing Islamic State militants stoning a blindfolded and bound man and woman to death in Iraq.
The couple were sentenced to death for having sex before marriage.
A large crowd, including children and women, gather at the scene in the town square in Mosul in Nineveh province, to watch as the couple are murdered.
The bearded IS executioner-in-chief Abu Ansar al-Ansari pronounces the order of stoning for "fornication."

Syria ‘adulteress’ survives militant stoning

February 5, 2015

A Syrian woman stoned by the militant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group for alleged adultery and left for dead has miraculously walked away from the brutal punishment, a monitor said Friday.

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