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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.

التجريم حسب النوع: النظر لقوانين الزنا باعتبارها عنفا ضد المرأة في البيئات الإسلامية

March, 2010
Ziba Mir Hosseini

English | Français |  Bahasa Indonesia |  فارسی 

In this discussion paper, I show how zina laws and the criminalization of consensual sexual activity can also be challenged from within Islamic legal tradition. Far from mutually opposed, approaches from Islamic studies, feminism and human rights perspectives can be mutually reinforcing, particularly in mounting an effective campaign against revived zina laws. By exploring the intersections between religion, culture and law that legitimate violence in the regulation of sexuality, the paper aims to contribute to the development of a contextual and integrated approach to the abolition of zina laws. In so doing, I hope to broaden the scope of the debate over concepts and strategies of the SKSW Campaign.

A Catalogue of International Human Rights Instruments for campaigners

June, 2010
Edna Aquino


In addition to the Bill of Rights, there are nine core international human rights treaties. Each of these treaties has established a committee of experts to monitor implementation of the treaty provisions by its States parties. Some of the treaties are supplemented by optional protocols dealing with specific concerns.

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.

Control and Sexuality: The Revival of Zina Laws in Muslim Contexts

December, 2010


Control and Sexuality
examines zina laws in some Muslim contexts and communities in order to explore connections between the criminalisation of sexuality, gender-based violence and women’s rights activism. The Violence is Not Our Culture Campaign and the Women Living Under Muslim Laws network present this comparative study and feminist analysis of zina laws as a contribution to the broader objective of ending violence in the name of ‘culture’.

Criminalizing Sexuality: Zina Laws as Violence against Women in Muslim Contexts

March, 2010
Ziba Mir Hosseini

 Français |  Bahasa Indonesia |  فارسی |  عربي | 

Abstract: Islamic legal tradition treats any sexual contact outside a legal marriage as a crime. The main category of such crimes is zina, defined as any act of illicit sexual intercourse between a man and woman. In the late twentieth century, the resurgence of Islam as a political and spiritual force led to the revival of zina laws and the creation of new offences that criminalize consensual sexual activity and authorize violence against women. Activists have campaigned against these new laws on human rights grounds.

FAQs about the sentencing of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani

July, 2010

 

Read our Call for Action Relating to Sakinah Mohammadi-Ashtiani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)  about the case of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani and the practice of stoning in Iran.

(Attached is the PDF version for download) 

Frequently Asked Questions about Stoning

This FAQ is meant to provide a broad overview of stoning, its origins and practices.

Frequently Asked Questions About Whipping

This FAQ is meant to provide a broad overview of whipping, lashing, and caning.

Frequently Asked Questions About ‘Honour Killing’

This FAQ is meant to provide a broad overview of 'honour' killing and 'honour'-based violence.

Key Measures to End Gender-Based Discrimination and Violence Against Women in Saudi Arabia

October, 2011

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed and ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Convention) in 2000, yet maintained certain reservations, especially in regards to Article 2, stating that “In case of contradiction between any term of the Convention and the norms of Islamic law, the Kingdom is not under obligation to observe the contradictory terms of the Convention.”

List of Stoning Cases in Iran

July, 2010


Below is a list of those known to have been sentenced to stoning and or executed by stoning in Iran.


Stoning Victims:


1. Mahboubeh M (7 May 2006):  With Abbas H.

Minute of Silence Presentation

Attached is a PowerPoint presentation remembering a few of the many brave women and men who dared to dream of a world in which their choices were truly their own. 

This presentation was shown at the launch of the global campaign on November 25th, 2007, at Bilgi University, Istanbul.

 

Morocco: Women battle against domestic abuse

May 17, 2013

Countless Moroccan women, continue to face abuse and sexual violence at the hands of their husbands. About 6 million women in Morocco are victims of violence, or around one in three. Morocco’s Social Development Minister Bassima Hakkaoui, the only female minister in the country, said last week that she would try to push forward a law protecting women that has been stuck in Parliament for 8 years.

No Justice in Justifications: Violence Against Women in the Name of Culture, Religion and Tradition

March, 2010
Shaina Grieff

English |  Français 

This briefing presents a survey of culturally justified violence against women, including how violence against women is justified by 'culture', the different forms this violence can take, and recommendations for change. The SKSW Campaign is undertaking projects on 'culture', women and violence, with partners in Senegal, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iran, and Sudan.

Publication: Policy Briefing Series I

April 20, 2010

Policy Briefing Series I: The Global Campaign is pleased to announce the publication of our first Policy Briefing Series on culturally-justified violence against women (CVAW).

Stones Aimed at Us: An Overview of the Discourse and Strategies of the Stop Stoning Forever Campaign

March, 2010

There has never been a clear and uncontroversial definition of religious fundamentalism and there is no consensus as to whether religious fundamentalism is a phenomenon, a movement, or a process. Nevertheless, having been exposed to religious fundamentalism in its fullest meaning after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iranian women and an analysis of their experience might offer a proper definition. This resource provides an overview of the discourses around the issue of stoning in Iran, and the strategies of the Stop Stoning Forever Campaign.

Stoning in Muslim Contexts: A Mapping Report

March, 2012

Women Living Under Muslim Laws, the Violence is not our Culture Campaign, and Justice for Iran are pleased to announce the release of a new publication:  Mapping Stoning in Muslim Contexts. This report locates where the punishment of stoning is still in practice, either through judicial (codified as law) or extrajudicial (outside the law) methods.   

Stoning is Not our Culture: A Comparative Analysis of Human Rights and Religious Discourses in Iran and Nigeria

March, 2010
Rochelle Terman & Mufuliat Fijabi

  عربي |  فارسی |

Stoning is a cruel form of torture that is used to punish men and women for adultery and other 'improper' sexual relations. It is currently sanctioned by law and carried out by state actors in at least two countries, and at least seven individuals have been stoned to death in the last five years.

Strategies of Resistance: Challenging the Cultural Disempowerment of Women

August, 2011

This book is an integral part of the Women Reclaiming and Redefining Cultures (WRRC) Programme, of which the VNC campaign is part. The publication presents the  strategies used by project partners to advance women’s rights in the face of culturally justified disempowerment and discusses their implementation in different contexts and in different thematic areas. This compilation is intended as a living resource, which will be amended and added to as women and organisations apply the strategies listed here to their own contexts, or try out new ones.

Strategising Online Activism: A Toolkit

May, 2011

Strategising Online Activism: A Toolkit was inspired by the workshops held in Asia and Africa for the partners and members of the Violence is not our Culture (VNC) campaign.

While this toolkit has been designed primarily for the local partners and activists of the VNC campaign, this can be a resource, too, for human rights activists who are keen to develop their online activism and want to know where and how to to start.

Through this toolkit we hope that campaigners will acquire the following skills:

The VNC Campaign: A 3-Year Evaluation Report

December, 2011

On behalf of the VNC Campaign team and its partners, we are very pleased to share with you the report of the evaluation of the VNC Campaign during the past three years (2008-2011).

VNC Launches New Website

December 4, 2011

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

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.