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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 (CVAW) and that have been published elsewhere. We hope this page will provide a useful and balanced collection of sources from around the globe. If you know of a previously published news or opinion piece that we should know about, write us at: info@violenceisnotourculture.org

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Iraqi ‘sex workers’ slaughtered amid culture of fear and secrecy

August 6, 2014

BAGHDAD: Apartment blocks near a mosque and a kindergarten daubed with cartoon characters seem an unlikely place for the slaughter of 27 alleged sex workers, but in Baghdad death is never far. 

Few people in the Iraqi capital's Zayouna district know any details of what happened in their neighbourhood late on Saturday, and even fewer want to hazard a guess. 

Islamic State takes up stoning in Syria

July 21, 2014

Activists say the Al-Qaeda breakaway group stoned a woman to death for adultery in an incident shrouded in 'mystery'

A plea to the new High Commissioner for Human Rights: defend women's rights

July 16, 2014

PURNA SEN 14 July 2014

The new High Commissioner has the opportunity to grasp the torch lit by his predecessors and fully embrace and defend an uncompromising stance for women’s equality - and his legacy will be judged on his commitment to doing so.

JFI joined Iran LGBT community reach world stage at Istanbul Pride 2014

July 3, 2014

Justice for Iran (JFI) – July 3 2014 | For the first time ever, Justice for Iran (JFI) and 6Rang Network facilitated the organizational presence of Iranian LGBT community and launched a groundbreaking report on state-sponsored medical abuse of its community in Iran at the largest Pride in a Muslim country.

Meriam Ibrahim: What is really going on in Sudan?

July 2, 2014

The arrest, release and then rearrest of Meriam Ibrahim is not really about visas, exit stamps and plane tickets, writes Harriet Alexander. Instead it's a potent cocktail of political positioning, religious extremism and family feuding - with a young mother at its centre When rumour of her release from prison first surfaced, we didn't dare to believe it. When it was confirmed by the Sudanese authorities, we began to have real hope.

Pakistan PM condemns stoning and beating to death of pregnant woman

June 4, 2014

Nawaz Sharif says killing which apparently took place in police's presence was 'totally unacceptable' and demands action

Pakistan's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has demanded to know why police apparently stood by while a pregnant woman was stoned and beaten to death by her family in front of one of the country's top courts, his spokesman said.

Pregnant woman beaten to death by family outside Pakistani court

June 4, 2014

Farzana Parveen is killed by male family members in Lahore after marrying against their wishes

A pregnant woman was beaten to death by her own family members on the streets of one of Pakistan's most refined cities on Tuesday after marrying against their wishes.

The "honour killing" happened in front of a large crowd of witnesses outside Lahore's grand high court building where Farzana Parveen, 25, had been due to appear in a case brought by her family.

Pregnant woman beaten to death by family outside Pakistani court

June 4, 2014

Farzana Parveen is killed by male family members in Lahore after marrying against their wishes

A pregnant woman was beaten to death by her own family members on the streets of one of Pakistan's most refined cities on Tuesday after marrying against their wishes.

The "honour killing" happened in front of a large crowd of witnesses outside Lahore's grand high court building where Farzana Parveen, 25, had been due to appear in a case brought by her family.

Who's Sharia Is It? By Kecia Ali

May 28, 2014

By Kecia Ali, May 27 2014

 

It has been a lousy month for Islamic law.First, there was the kidnapping and sale of Nigerian girls by Boko Haram, which claimed religious acceptability for their acts. As Muslim theologian Jerusha Lamptey opined, this is not my sharia.

Child Marriage Around the World

April 10, 2014

Child marriage is a truly globla problem that cuts across countries, cultures, religions, and ethnicities.  Child brides can be found in every region in the world from the Middle East to Latin American, South Asia to Europe. 

Child marriage: 20 highest-prevalence countries in the world (%)

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