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VNC and WLUML condemn the shutdown of Sudan’s Salmmah Women’s Resource Centre

July 2, 2014

The Women Living Under Muslim Laws International Solidarity Network and the Violence is Not our Culture Campaign strongly condemn the revocation of the registration licence of it partner in Sudan, the Salmmah Resource Centre without prior notice and due process. 

IRAN Disciplining Bodies, Diagnosing Identities: Mandatory Veiling, Mandatory Sterilization, Sexual Torture and the Right to Bodily Integrity in the Islamic Republic of Iran

April, 2014

6 April 2014 

 

To read the full report please download the pdf.

 

Justice for Iran (JFI) highlights urgent concerns in submission to the 20th session of UPR Working Group on Islamic Republic of Iran.

Disciplining Bodies, Diagnosing Identities, Mandatory Veiling, Mandatory Sterilization, Sexual Torture and the Right to Bodily Integrity in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a submission by JFI highlights a number of areas of human rights violations targeted toward women and transgender people to the UN Universal Periodic Review of Iran, 20th Session of the UPR Working Group, October-November 2014.

35 Years of Forced Hijab: The Widespread and Systematic Violation of Women's Rights in Iran

March, 2014
Iran is the first country where all women are forced by law to observe hijab laws. Without espousing a clear definition of hijab, Islamic Republic laws consider women who lack “Islamic veil” in “public” as committing a crime punishable by imprisonment and fines. Based on Sharia laws, Islamic hijab implies covering hair and the entire body except for wrists and hands. However, a failure to observe hijab as determined by security or other official forces involve many other instances.

Stolen Lives, Empty Classrooms: An Overview on the Girl Marriages in Iran

October, 2013

Forced marriages result from harmful traditional practices1 justified in the name of cultural, economic, political and/or legal standards. Forced marriages are a phenomenon tantamount to slavery, as explicated in a report by a United Nations Special Rapporteur, and often affect boys and girls under 18 years of age, especially under 10. 2 Global statistics demonstrate that every minute an average of 27 girls are forced into marriage.

Afghanistan: Women march against violence

February 14, 2013

KABUL, Afghanistan — Dozens of Afghan activists and supporters marked Valentine’s Day by marching in Kabul on Thursday to denounce violence against women amid reports that domestic abuse is on the rise.

Afghan women have made great strides in education and official circles since the days under Taliban rule, when they had to wear all-encompassing burqas and were not allowed to go to school or leave their homes without a male relative as an escort. But they still face widespread domestic violence, forced marriages and other problems.

Crime & Impunity: A pioneering report on sexual torture in Iranian Prisons

December, 2012

On 10 December 2012, Justice for Iran launched this first-ever comprehensive report on sexual violence and torture in Iranian prisons.

This weighty report based on testimonials of victims, survivors, witnesses and experts, examines the extent to which women prisoners were systematically subjected to sexual violence as a gender-specific means of silencing young Iranian girls and women dissidents.

Activism, fundraising and security online: facets of the feminist cyborg

December 4, 2012

On December 3 and 5, a webinar on ‘Feminist Cyborgs: Activism, Fundraising and Security Online’ took place, hosted by the African Feminist Forum (AFF) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).

Pakistan: The Real Picture

November 25, 2012

Despite the passage of pro-women laws perpetrators continue to inflict violence against women with impunity.

November 25 was designated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in December 1999 by the UN General Assembly. It marks the death anniversary of the three Mirabel sisters assassinated in 1960 by the dictator Rafael Trujillo for their fight against Trujillo’s dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. Activists on women’s rights have observed a day against violence on the anniversary of the deaths of these three women since 1981.

 

Manual on Women Human Rights Defenders - Arabic

June, 2012

Executive Summary- The Women Human Rights Defenders program at Nazra for Feminist Studies is launching its manual on Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs). Rather than translate into Arabic manuals that have been produced by other organizations, the WHRD program opted to produce it’s a manual that is especially tailored to the Egyptian context.

Paquistán: ¡Firma la Petición! Protege a las Defensoras de los Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres en Paquistán, especialmente, en las áreas tribales bajo administración federal (FATA)

July 9, 2012

Es extremadamente grave que se permita a las fuerzas regresivas extremistas perpetuar el reino del terror sobre la población tribal, especialmente, sobre las mujeres que se desempeñan en servicios públicos. Además del hecho de que estos elementos son identificables, las autoridades de gobierno han fallado totalmente en hacer valer y respetar el Estado de Derecho. Las omisiones del Estado y su inactividad de cara al asesinato y a las amenazas en contra de las personas han resultado en la completa impunidad para aquellos que cometen este tipo de actos terroristas, con consecuencias fatales para sus víctimas.

Pakistan: Signez la pétition soutenant les femmes défenseures des droits humains au Pakistan

July 9, 2012

Le 4 Juillet 2012, cette jeune femme de 25 ans a été prise en embuscade et abattue devant sa résidence à Hayatabad, Khyber Agency, une zone tribale de la région FATA. Selon les rapports de presse, il parait évident que Farida Afridi a été assassinée parce qu'elle était une femme défenseure des droits humains qui s’impliquait dans une organisation non gouvernementale (SAWERA) travaillant pour le bien-être des femmes des communautés tribales.

Pakistan: Amar Sindhu injured in attack

July 9, 2012

Shirkat Gah is deeply disturbed by the murderous attack on our General Body member Professor Amr Sindhi of Hyderabad University, Jamshoro and Dr. Arfana Mallah. This growing trend to silence dissent through intimidation and violence is indicative of the growing brutalization of our society and must be stopped immediately.

Pakistan: Killing of NGO worker Farida Afridi in Jamrud Tehsil of Khyber Agency

July 9, 2012

Women's Action Forum (WAF) Lahore is deeply disturbed by the shocking news of the killing of Ms. Farida Afridi in the Khyber Agency. It is evident from news reports that she was killed because she was a woman human rights defender associated with a non-government organization working for the welfare of tribal women. This is not the first killing of a human rights defender in the tribal area and it sends a chilling message to the whole community of civil society organizations working for people’s rights and for their development and welfare.

UN: Stop Stoning Globally - Statement by Special Rapporteur on Independence of Judges and Lawyers

June 26, 2012

Remarks by United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers – Gabriela Knaul -- at the June 26, 2012 panel "Stop Stoning Globally" at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

Oman: End the Detention of Women Human Rights Defenders

June 26, 2012

On 19 June 2012, due to their deteriorating health, women human rights defenders Basma Al-Keumy, lawyer, and Basma Al-Rajehy, writer and TV broadcaster, ended their hunger strike aimed at their administrative detention which continued until 24 June 2012 and the lack of access to their families and lawyers. Both women were arrested on 11 June 2012 along with approximately 20 other protestors when security forces and anti-riot police broke up a three-day protest held in front of the General Police Headquarters in the capital of Muscat. The protestors demands included, respect for human rights and the release of all detained human rights defenders in Oman.

Sudan: Fatma Emam on the Sudan revolts

May 28, 2012

I write this on the tenth day of the #SudanRevolts tide that has started to sweep Sudan.

Sudan is a land of revolutionaries. They started in the 20th century with the Mahdi revolution against the British occupation and the ruling Egyptian government and today Sudan is revolting against militarization, human rights atrocities, poverty, corruption and fundamentalism.

Egypt Run-Off Elections: Doaa Abdelaal’s First-Hand Account

June 15, 2012

The run-off for presidency elections in Egypt are this weekend – the first after the ongoing Egyptian revolution. The two candidates were the least expected to be at this stage: Mohamed Morsi, who represents the “political arm” of a group, the Muslim Brotherhood, that sees “Islam is the Solution,” and the other is Ahmed Shafik, who belongs to the Military that has been running Egypt for the last (60) years and still. Every one who is following the progress of events and incidents in Egypt is curious and everyone inside Egypt is worried, even if their decision is to choose one over the other or to boycott the run-off.

UN: Stop Stoning Globally - opening remarks by UNSRVAW Rashida Manjoo

May 26, 2012

At the outset, I would like to thank the Worldwide Organization for Women, Justice for Iran and the Women’s UN Report Network, for inviting me to address this panel on the stoning of women. This event is very timely as this year I devoted my annual thematic report to the issue of gender related killings of women, among which death by stoning is a severe and cruel manifestation.

Pakistan: Policy Dialogue on "Monitoring Implementation of MDG5 in Pakistan"

June 21, 2012

Thursday, 21st June 2012, Shirkat Gah – Women’s Resource Centre organized a Punjab provincial Policy Dialogue on Monitoring Implementation of Millennium Development Goal 5 in Pakistan. The event was attended by Begum Zakia Shahnawaz, Advisor to Chief Minister on Women Development; MPA Rai Aslam Khan Kharal, Chairman Standing Committee on Population; Dr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema, Director General Health; Dr. Akhter Rasheed, Provincial Coordinator Lady Health Worker Programme; Dr.

Déclaration du Forum féministe sénégalais lors de sa rencontre de réflexion sur la crise Malienne

June 4, 2012

Nous, membres du Forum féministe sénégalais, souhaitons exprimer tout son soutien au peuple malien et en particulier aux femmes qui sont malheureusement très peu représentées en ces moments critiques de la vie politique du pays. Nous souhaitons aussi exprimer notre préoccupation quant à la situation des populations vivant dans les territoires occupés (Tombouctou, Kidal et Gao).

Declaration of the Senegalese Feminist Forum statement during the Reflection on the Malian Crisis Meeting

June 4, 2012

We, members of the Senegalese Feminist Forum, would like to express our full support for the Malian people and especially to the women who are woefully underrepresented in these critical moments of the country's political life.

We also wish to express our concern about the situation of people living in the occupied territories (Timbuktu, Kidal and Gao). International NGOs have withdrawn from the North and the schools are closed. The little information we have about the living conditions of people living in this zone is of multiple violations of human rights and individual freedoms.

Sudan: Stop Stoning of Intisar Sharif Abdallah

June 1, 2012

Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) and the Violence Is Not Our Culture (VNC) campaign call on Sudanese authorities to stop the execution of a woman condemned to stoning for alleged adultery. Intisar was accused of having a relationship and becoming pregnant by a man who was not her husband. She was found guilty after an “admission of guilt” following torture and brutal beatings by her brother who instigated the case. According to reports, Intisar did not have access to a lawyer during her trial, and her accused lover remains un-convicted and walks free. To take action, please write immediately in Arabic, English or your own language to the authorities listed below.

Annual Updates from Shirkat Gah Women's Resource Centre

May 8, 2012

Welcome to Shirkat Gah’s 2nd E-Newsletter! This covers most of the happenings at Shirkat Gah and elsewhere that we have been a part of during July 2011 - March 2012. It also highlights our efforts at national, regional, and international levels. We hope you will enjoy this snapshot of our work towards accomplishing women’s empowerment.

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.

Afghanistan: End the Unlawful Criminalisation of Women and Girls Based on ‘Moral Grounds’

April 6, 2012

The Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network and Violence is Not Our Culture Campaign (VNC) strongly condemn the imprisonment of women and girls in Afghanistan (approximately 400 of them) for so-called “moral crimes”, including running away from home. The new study released by Human Rights Watch (HRW), “I Had to Run Away”: The Imprisonment of Women and Girls for “Moral Crimes” in Afghanistan[1] documents the phenomenon of these “crimes”, which often involve flight from early forced marriages or domestic violence.

2012 International Women's Day: Connecting Girls, Inspiring futures

March 8, 2012

The 8th of March of every year is a day set aside by the United Nations as International Women’s Day (IWD). It is a day to recognise, celebrate and honour women’s struggles and achievements in the past years and to call attention to other areas of concerns that are critical to women’s life in particular and the society in general.

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.   

The "End of Stoning": Islamic Republic Style

March 12, 2012

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran in his latest report, published on March 7th, welcomed the omission of stoning as a punishment in the newly ratified Islamic Penal Code, but expressed his concern that severe punishments may still be issued at a judge's discretion in accordance with sharia law or fatwas.

Pakistan: Senate Unanimously Passes Domestic Violence Bill

February 20, 2012

VNC sends a warm congratulations to our partners Baidarie Sialkot and Shirkat Gah, along with all other civil society groups and women's human rights activists who have been campaigning over the past few years to pass this bill!

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Senate on Monday passed a bill that makes violence against women and children an offence carrying jail terms and fines, state media said.

Justice For Iran: Ratification of the Islamic Penal Code; Iran to Continue Passage of Laws to Violate Human Rights

January 19, 2012

The Violence is not our Culture Campaign is concerned with the latest news that the Guardian Council of Iran has ratified the final text of the new Islamic Penal Code upholding, once again,  the supremacy of the Islamic Shari’a law in its jurisprudence.  The new Islamic Penal Code will impose new and more severe code of punishments that will entail repercussions to the rights of women.

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.

Rangkaian KAMPANYE 16 HARI ANTI KEKERASAN TERHADAP PEREMPUAN

December 7, 2011

Betapa indahnya hidup kita sebagai perempuan jika berjalan tengah malam mengenakan fasilitas publik tanpa ancaman diperkosa. Betapa nyamannya keseharian kita mengenakan apapun juga tanpa takut diadili dengan siapapun. Betapa surganya setiap waktu kita jika kita dapat melakukan secara merdeka tentu tanpa mengganggu orang lain. Namun barisan kalimat di atas hanya terus menjadi khayalan selama was-was terus ada.

Shirkat Gah Commemorates 16 Days of Activism

December 7, 2011

Shirkat Gah has collaborated with 31 partner Community Based Organizations across four provinces of Pakistan in 26 districts to celebrate 16 Days of Activism campaign this year.

بيان حملة ال16 يوم لمناهضة العنف ضد المرأة

December 7, 2011

 

ونحن نحتفي بحملة ال16 يوماً لمناهضة العنف ضد المرأة التي تجسد الارتباط الوثيق بين مناهضة العنف ضد المرأة وتعزيز وحماية حقوق الانسان باسم منظمات المجتمع المدني نحي النساء في العالم، التحية لكل النشطاء في الدفاع عن حقوق المرأة، التحية للمنظمات الدولية التي ظلت تقدم الدعم والمناصرة لبرامج حماية حقوق المرأة، ونخص بالتحية  المرأة  السودانية والرائدات  اللائي مهدن لنا الدروب، والنساء اللائي يملأن الساحات والبيوت بالعطاء الصبور ويشاركن في الدفع بالمجتمع للأمام

 

Baidarie Sialkot Commemorates 16 Days of Activism

December 7, 2011

Baidarie Salkot has a number of activities planned to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence Against Women.

Solidaritas Perempuan Commemorates the 16 Days of Activism

December 7, 2011

Solidaritas Perempuan is a woman's rights organization that is currently organizing a campaign series 'Women Without Worries' to commemorate the 16 days of Activism to Stop Violence Against Women. The campaign involves harnessing students’ enthusiasm to stop violence against women, whether on campus or in the surroundings areas. Solidaritas Perempuan supports students as agents of change in their work to campaign against violence on campus.

Zanan TV Launches

December 3, 2011

Have you heard the news? Zanan TV was launched on 25 November 2011, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Nigeria: Favour Irabor - Money, religion & patriarchy pose problems for female politicians

September 4, 2011

It’s over four months now since the last general elections, but Nigerian women politicians and even stakeholders are yet to recuperate from the shock of its outcome. Unlike previous elections, women vied enmass for various political offices, but  few of them got in! As a response to this fall which has also translated into an abysmal reduction in the representation of women in political offices(apart from the ministerial offices), the question of ‘what went wrong?’  has continued to take centre-stage at most women gatherings.

Indonesia: Government regulation on female circumcision must be repealed

August 4, 2011

VNC is supporting the demand by Indonesian women's groups that the Indonesian government repeal the recent regulation issued by the Ministry of Health which allows female genital circumcision to be carried out by medical professionals.

New Film From Shirkat Gah: Decade

March, 2011

"Decade" was made by students of Punjab University, Lahore for Shirkat Gah's film festival "Violence Is Not Our Culture". The film highlights the struggle of a brave woman who decides to open a school despite intense pressure from the men of the village. Her hard work pays off when in 10 years, hence the name Decade, the whole village is transformed. Watch the video.

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.

URGENT: PAKISTAN: Shirkat Gah Appeals for Support in Relief Work

August 19, 2010

URGENT Action: Shirkat Gah Appeals for Support in Relief Work

Pakistan is facing yet another emergency situation due to severe flooding caused by heavy rainfall. According to the Pakistani government, this has affected twenty million people so far. After visiting the flood stricken areas, a visibly upset UN General Secretary, Ban Ki Moon, said “This has been a heart-wrenching day for me. In the past, I have visited many natural disasters, but I have never seen anything like this.”