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The following is a list of publications and resources that have been created by other groups that we find relevant to the VNC Campaign. If you have a publications you would like to share with us, please write to:

Women’s and Children’s Rights: Making the Connection

April, 2011

The publication “Women’s and Children’s Rights: Making the Connection,” a joint effort by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), makes a case for linking the human rights of women to those of children.

Increasing Access to Justice for Women, the Poor, and Those Living in Remote Areas: An Indonesian Case Study

March, 2011

"In 2010 the Indonesian Bureau of Statistics estimated that there are 65 million  households in Indonesia, and almost 10 million of these - 14% - are headed by women.....Obtaining new identity or family cards that show a woman is the head of her household, requires the formalization of marriages and the issuance of legal divorce certificates.

A Woman's Place: Perspectives on Afghanistan's Evolving Legal Framework

February, 2011

Over the past three years, Rights & Democracy has been directly involved in the reform of family law in Afghanistan. Through fieldwork and research work, a number of questions, reflections and lines of analysis were raised that needed further discussion. To this end, four authors have reflected on a series of questions that are central themes of this book: the evolution of reforms in 20th century Afghanistan; the participation of civil society in the legislative process in the post-Taliban era; the marriage contract and registration of marriages; and the gap between the theoretical discourse and practice with regards to protecting the rights of women.

The World's Women and Girls 2011 Datasheet

April, 2011

This datasheet includes statistics from research in diverse countries that aims to explore barriers to gender equality. This includes: attitudes about men and women's roles within the household, early marriage, and data on healthcare and birth rates.

Mutilations génitales féminines et droits humains en Afrique

April, 1998
Fatou Sow

Les armes se sont à peine tues après plusieurs années de lutte entre groupes fratricides, que la Sierra Leone est revenue à la une de l’actualité africaine, pour un fait classé divers. En effet, le quotidien sénégalais, Le Soleil, rapportant une dépêche de l’Agence France-Presse, titrait : « Arrêt des excisions pendant le Ramadan » (20 janvier 1977). Quelques semaines plus tôt, la même agence s’était fait l’écho d’un événement survenu dans un camp de réfugiés de Grafton, à une centaine de Km de Freetown, la capitale.

Ethical concerns in female genital cutting

April, 2008

This article by Rebecca J. Cook examines the practice of female genital mutilation; the contexts in which it has been and is currently practiced, its forms and extent, social and health consequences, and professional responses. 

A Blueprint for UN Women

February, 2011

A Blueprint for UN Women outlines the views of 100 civil society organisations – working in 75 countries on women's human rights, gender equality and social justice – on the role UN Women should play.

Combatting Acid Violence in Bangladesh, India and Cambodia

March, 2011

Acid violence involves intentional acts of violence in which perpetrators throw, spray, or pour acid onto victims’ faces and bodies. This Report examines acid violence in Bangladesh, India, and Cambodia from an international human rights perspective. Using this framework, it identifies the causes of acid violence and suggests practical solutions to address them. Acid violence is prevalent in these countries because of three related factors: gender inequality and discrimination, the easy availability of acid, and impunity for acid attack perpetrators.

A Measure of Equality for Afghan Women: Rights in Practice

February, 2011

In April 2007, Rights & Democracy launched a project entitled A Measure of Equality for Afghan Women: Rights in Practice. The aim of this project is to support the process of family law reform to bring it in line with the Constitution of Afghanistan and the obligations under international human rights treaties.