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'Honour'-based violence runs deep and wide

February 2, 2012

The issue must be seen in the context of violence against women and the inequality found throughout society.

Honour killings in Canada: even worse than we believe

January 31, 2012

Do we focus on so-called honour killings precisely because the victims are Muslims, or South Asians, or Middle Easterners?

Violence Against Women in Lebanon: A Debate That’s Not Going Away

January 13, 2012

On the surface, it would seem that passing a law that criminalizes violence perpetrated against women by family members would be straightforward in a diverse, and seemingly progressive country such as Lebanon. But the country’s diversity is one of the main hindrances to bringing it in line with international norms regarding women’s rights.

Guatemalans scale volcano to protest domestic violence

January 23, 2012

Thousands of people, one after the other, climbed to the top of a dormant volcano in Guatemala over the weekend, ascending the 12,352-foot slope of the Volcan de Agua (Volcano of Water).

They weren’t on an adventure excursion though. It was a mega protest against domestic violence, which included 12,000 women, children, and men (including Guatemala’s new president Otto Perez Molina).

Look at the photos here. 

Colombia: Domestic violence laws are not enough: Rights groups

January 27, 2012

Colombian domestic violence laws will not work as long as attackers go unpunished, said women's groups Friday.

Responding to a raft of new government measures aimed at preventing violence against women, NGOs told Colombia Reports that the real issue was not being tackled.

Italy must urgently act to end violence against women, UN rights expert says

January 27, 2012

Italy must do more to protect women from violence and urgently address the underlying structural causes of gender inequality and discrimination, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned after visiting the country.

Nepal: Preliminary Mapping of Gender Based Violence

January, 2012
Asia Foundation

Research carried out in 2008 in Surkhet and Dang districts in Nepal reveals that 81 percent of women face domestic violence frequently. This is a clear indication of the high level of domestic violence prevalent in Nepali society. Nepali women and girls are vulnerable to both domestic violence and public violence.

Afghanistan: TV challenges attitudes towards domestic violence

October 25, 2011

A radical television show is challenging attitudes to this abuse, inviting women to speak candidly and anonymously about their problems at home.

Canada: Imams Show Leadership in Speaking out against Violence Against Women

December 18, 2011

A group of Canadian imams is right to use a high-profile trial as a timely opportunity to condemn violence and abuse committed in the name of family honour.

While there is no honour in killing, honour-based violence does exist. It is a manifestation not of religion, but of culture, and is more prevalent in countries with patriarchal traditions where adultery is punishable by law such as Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Canada is not immune from such influences.

Somalia: UN Denounces 'Privatization' of Violence Against Somali Women

December 16, 2011

The United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Rashida Manjoo spoke to reporters in Nairobi Friday about her just-concluded mission to Somalia, where she examined the occurrence of gender-based violence there.

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