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ICERD and CERD: A Guide for Civil Society Actors

July, 2011

This book should serve as a practical tool for all those who want to learn about ICERD and CERD, and especially those who seek to  work with ICERD and CERD more effectively in order to combat all forms of racial discrimination. It can also be used as a material in human rights teaching and training.

Podcast on 'Obedient Wives Club' with Marina Mahathir (SIS), Dr Farouk Musa (IRF) and Dr Azlina (OWC)

July, 2011

A podcast on the 'Obedient Wives Club', with views from Marina Mahathir (Sisters In Islam), Dr Farouk Musa (Islamic Renaissance Front) and Dr Azlina (Obedient Wives Club). 

Listen to it here: http://bfm.my/assets/files/daily_show/2011-07-06_EE_ObedientWivesClub.mp3

Women leading change in the Muslim world: Islamic jurisprudence, human rights norms and CEDAW

May, 2011
Ferdous Ara Begum

The concept of nondiscrimination and equal rights for both men and women in all spheres of their lives as enshrined in the CEDAW Convention (1979) and all other Human Rights Frameworks generated a new realization and discourse in the Islamic world. The Universal Declaration on human Rights (1948) states in Article one that ‘all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights’. By ratification of these International human rights frameworks States parties are in obligation to domesticate these human rights standard in their own legal system.

Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities

June, 2011
The Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence (API-IDV)

The Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence has organized resources for Muslim communities in the United States because so many Muslim immigrants living in the U.S. come from various regions in Asia: Central, East, South, Southeast, and West Asia, i.e. the Middle East. You can download them via the API IDV website here; or follow the links below. All links are to research conducted by API IDV.

 

It’s Not Just Domestic Violence: The Beginner’s Guide to 16 Types of Violence Against Women

December, 2010
The Pixel Project

There are many reasons why Violence Against Women is possibly the most widespread and intractable human rights violations in human history: It is embedded in social structures; It is part of cultural customs; It is due to gender inequality; It is due to gender-based economic inequality; It is due to patriarchal strictures… the list of factors goes on and on and many have expounded on it.

Yet even while it is so entrenched an issue, many people have problems recognising gender-based violence even when they are come face-to-face with it simply because:

Forced Marriage and Honour Killing Checksheet

June, 2011
Pixel Project

Helping Forced marriages and honour killings are often intertwined. Marriage can be forced to save honour, and women can be murdered for rejecting a forced marriage.

The issue of ‘honour’ is also one of links with the community. Unlike domestic violence, a woman who runs away from a forced marriage or honour killing will be severing links with her family and her culture. There may be no help coming from those parties.

Forced Marriage and Honour Killing Checksheet

June, 2011
Pixel Project

Helping Forced marriages and honour killings are often intertwined. Marriage can be forced to save honour, and women can be murdered for rejecting a forced marriage.[5]

The issue of ‘honour’ is also one of links with the community. Unlike domestic violence, a woman who runs away from a forced marriage or honour killing will be severing links with her family and her culture. There may be no help coming from those parties.

UNRISD Policy Brief: Religion, Politics and Gender Equality

May, 2011
UNRISD

Contrary to modernist predictions that religion would retreat into a private zone of worship and practice, recent decades have seen religion become increasingly salient on the political stage worldwide. Does this matter? From the point of view of women’s rights and gender equality, much is at stake. UNRISD research shows that politicized religion impinges on women’s rights in problematic ways. The challenge to gender equality comes not just from fundamentalist agendas, but also from those who instrumentalize women’s rights for political ends. 

Download the full document below.

“Son Preference” Perpetuates Discrimination and Violations of Women’s Rights

June, 2011
OHCHR, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and the WHO


14 June 2011 - GENEVA – Gender-biased sex selection reflects and fuels a culture of discrimination and violence, and must be addressed urgently by all segments of government and society as a matter of women’s human rights, five UN agencies have stressed. 

Intimate Partner Violence: High costs to Households and Communities

January, 2011
ICRW

ICRW and its partners, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) in Uganda and Hassan II University in Morocco, with support from UNFPA, undertook a three-country study in Bangladesh, Morocco and Uganda to estimate the economic costs of intimate partner violence at the household and community levels, where its impact is most direct and immediate. The focus on intimate partner violence was motivated by the fact that this is the most common form of violence against women.