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Act Now to Oppose Russian Resolution on Traditional Values: Universality of Human Rights at Stake!

September 6, 2012

At the current session of the UN Human Rights Council, Russia has tabled a resolution seeking to promote “traditional values” as a basis for human rights. Numerous UN experts have emphasised that traditional values are frequently invoked by States to justify human rights violations, such as family violence, marital rape, and forced marriage. A preliminary report of the Advisory Committee is highly critical of a traditional values approach to human rights, calling traditional values “vague, subjective and unclear” and noting that “those most marginalized and disenfranchised have the most to lose from a traditional values approach to human rights”.

CSW59 –Beijing Betrayed

April 1, 2015
Two decades after the Fourth World Conference on Women, women and girls around the world deserve better than this year’s CSW outcomes. At this time of celebration and affirmation of Beijing and commitment to accelerated implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, what women don’t need is an outcome weakened by its lack of engagement with women on the ground and lacking in vision and commitment.

By Naureen Shameem

Religion, Culture and Tradition: No Excuse for Violence

March, 2015

All over the world, diverse groups use arguments based on anti-rights interpretations of religion, culture and tradition to justify violence and discrimination. This publication highlights agreements that affirm the universal and interconnected nature of human rights. It can be used by human rights advocates to challenge state and non-state actors attempting to block the development, progress and protection of laws at all levels.

 

Remembering: A Tribute to Fallen WHRDs

March, 2015

Despite significant breakthroughs in the past 20 years, violence against women and girls justified in the name of religion, customs, traditions – in short, culture - remains unabated. Women continue to be persecuted and killed for making choices in life that are perceived to defy social norms. The presentation was created as a tribute to these women, to honour them and their sacrifices. It reasserts the statement made by WLUML and the VNC campaign five years earlier at the 54th session of the CSW.

UN human rights experts set out countries’ obligations to tackle harmful practices such as FGM and forced marriage

December 12, 2014

GENEVA (5 November 2014) – For the first time, two UN human rights expert committees have joined forces to issue a comprehensive interpretation of the obligations of States to prevent and eliminate harmful practices inflicted on women and girls, such as female genital mutilation, crimes committed in the name of so-called honour, forced and child marriage, and polygamy.

Solutions to End Child Marriage: Summary of the Evidence

November, 2013

A summary of the ICRW's review of 150 programs with a child marriage component, identifying five key strategies used to prevent or delay child marriages:

  • Empower girls with information, skills, and support networks
  • Educate and rally parents and community members
  • Enhance girls' access to high-quality education
  • Provide economic support and incentives to girls and their families
  • Encourage supportive laws and policies

Harmful practices against women and girls can never be justified by religion – UN expert

October 29, 2013

29 October 2013 – Harmful practices inflicted on women and girls can never be justified in the name of freedom of religion or belief, an independent United Nations human rights expert told a General Assembly committee dealing with social, humanitarian and cultural issues today.

“Countless women are exposed to complex forms of human rights violations based on both religion or belief and their sex,” said Heiner Bielefeldt, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.

Announcement: Stop Stoning Petition Reaches 10,000 Signatures

October 15, 2013

We did it! Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) are delighted to announce that our petition, part of the Global Campaign to Stop Stoning Women, has received 10,000 signatures!  Reaching this target more than a month ahead of schedule is testament to how strongly people feel worldwide about bringing an end to stoning.  WLUML would like to thank everyone who signed the petition and said NO to this abhorrent practice.

Female Genital Mutliation/Cutting: A Statistical Overview and an Exploration of the Dynamics of Change

September, 2013

This report is a comprehensive statistical overview of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in the 29 countries where the practice is concentrated. Analysisof the data reflects current perspectives on FGM/C, informed by the latest policy, programmatic and theoretical evidence. The purpose of the report is to generate an in-depth understanding of FGM/C that can be applied to the development of policies and programmes, with the ultimate aim of eliminating the practice.


WHO Report: Global and Regional Estimates of Violence Against Women

June 21, 2013

 

WHO has published a report on violence against women using data from all regions of the world.

 

The report compiles data from all over the world to analyze two types of violence against women - violence by a partner and sexual violence by a non-partner.

Also included is an important and shocking finding that about a third of women worldwide have experienced violence in some form during their lives.

 

For the full report, click here.

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