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VNC Publications and Resources

The following is a list of publications and resources that have been created by the Violence is Not Our Culture Campaign or our Partners as part of their work with the VNC Campaign.

Stoning is Not our Culture: A Comparative Analysis of Human Rights and Religious Discourses in Iran and Nigeria

March, 2010
Rochelle Terman & Mufuliat Fijabi

  عربي |  فارسی |

Stoning is a cruel form of torture that is used to punish men and women for adultery and other 'improper' sexual relations. It is currently sanctioned by law and carried out by state actors in at least two countries, and at least seven individuals have been stoned to death in the last five years.

Criminalizing Sexuality: Zina Laws as Violence against Women in Muslim Contexts

March, 2010
Ziba Mir Hosseini

 Français |  Bahasa Indonesia |  فارسی |  عربي | 

Abstract: Islamic legal tradition treats any sexual contact outside a legal marriage as a crime. The main category of such crimes is zina, defined as any act of illicit sexual intercourse between a man and woman. In the late twentieth century, the resurgence of Islam as a political and spiritual force led to the revival of zina laws and the creation of new offences that criminalize consensual sexual activity and authorize violence against women. Activists have campaigned against these new laws on human rights grounds.

No Justice in Justifications: Violence Against Women in the Name of Culture, Religion and Tradition

March, 2010
Shaina Grieff

English |  Français 

This briefing presents a survey of culturally justified violence against women, including how violence against women is justified by 'culture', the different forms this violence can take, and recommendations for change. The SKSW Campaign is undertaking projects on 'culture', women and violence, with partners in Senegal, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iran, and Sudan.

Minute of Silence Presentation

Attached is a PowerPoint presentation remembering a few of the many brave women and men who dared to dream of a world in which their choices were truly their own. 

This presentation was shown at the launch of the global campaign on November 25th, 2007, at Bilgi University, Istanbul.


Frequently Asked Questions About ‘Honour Killing’

This FAQ is meant to provide a broad overview of 'honour' killing and 'honour'-based violence.

Frequently Asked Questions About Whipping

This FAQ is meant to provide a broad overview of whipping, lashing, and caning.

Frequently Asked Questions about Stoning

This FAQ is meant to provide a broad overview of stoning, its origins and practices.