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Year of Rebellion: The State of Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa

January, 2012

Repression and state violence is likely to continue to plague the Middle East and North Africa in 2012 unless governments in the region and international powers wake up to the scale of the changes being demanded of them, Amnesty International warned today in a new report into the dramatic events of the last year.

In the 80-page Year of Rebellion: State of Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, the organization describes how governments across the region were willing in 2011 to deploy extreme violence in an attempt to resist unprecedented calls for fundamental reform.

Electoral Politics: Making Quotas Work for Women

December, 2011

The goal of reducing gender inequalities in political representation has been elusive in many different kinds of political systems, even though women have made substantial progress in legal rights, education, economic resources, employment opportunities, and healthcare in the same polities. This book argues that gender quotas are an important strategy to improve women's political representation in legislatures and political parties and it lays out the history of this approach across the globe.

Enforcing Rights and Correcting Wrongs: Overcoming Gender Barriers in Legal Systems

December, 2011

The aims of this paper are two-fold: to uncover barriers to equality in legal systems that restrict human rights along gender lines – patent and latent; and to propose possible ways to redress legal discrimination for accelerating human development.

The focus of evidence is from countries of Asia-Pacific. However, given widespread gender-linked gaps in justice systems, and similarities of legal challenges posed, the paper is expected to be relevant also for other similarly placed countries.

My M&E: Resource Center on Equity, Human Rights and Gender Equality-sensitive Evaluations

December, 2011

UNICEF and UN Women are pleased to announce the launch of a new free electronic resource center on Equity, Gender Equality and Human Rights responsive evaluation available at

Multi-Sectoral Approach to Women's Rights in Africa

June, 2011

In response to the growing need for implementation tools, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women has released a detailed manual on promoting women’s rights. The release comes at a critical time after many governments have ratified human rights treaties but have yet to fully adopt the commitments in national law.

The VNC Campaign: A 3-Year Evaluation Report

December, 2011

On behalf of the VNC Campaign team and its partners, we are very pleased to share with you the report of the evaluation of the VNC Campaign during the past three years (2008-2011).

A Guide To Human Rights Standards & Mechanisms Relevant To Fundamentalisms

March, 2008

UN declarations and treaties of relevance to the protection and promotion of human rights in contexts of rising fundamentalisms.

Self-Care & Self-Defense Manual for Feminist Activists

January, 2008

Introduction: For many years, women’s and feminist movements have been fighting on many fronts to eliminate violence against women. This struggle has highlighted the need to develop long- and medium-term strategies to generate the cultural, economic, and social changes necessary to transform the gender configuration that sustains this type of violence.

Religious Fundamentalisms and Their Gendered Impacts in Asia

July, 2011

Preface: Amidst growing uncertainties in a globalised world, fundamentalist convictions have been gaining ground in many religions. Reinforced by the threat from interna- tional terrorism, this renaissance of religious fundamentalisms has created ideolog- ical conditions for polarisation between ‘us’ and ‘them’, from community to trans-national level. At national level, it has affected both politics and society, leading to something of a ‘retraditionalisation’ of gender roles.

EROTICS: Sex, Rights and the Internet - An Exploratory Study

August, 2011

What's the connection between sexuality and the internet? Why is internet censorship often accompanied by regulation of sexualities? How do people in different parts of the world use the internet in the exercise of sexual rights? After 3 years of interrogation into the politics of sexuality and the internet, the EROTICS research is out! Full report:

Report on the Strategic Conversation on Addressing Gaps in the Defense of Women Human Rights Defenders

August, 2011

The VNC Campaign was privileged to be part of this meeting on women human rights defenders organised by the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) and the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition.  The Campaign was represented by AIsha Shaheed and Edna Aquino who took part in the Working Group on Families, Communities and Culture.

Child Marriage: Videos, Stories, Resources

January, 2011

The TrustLaw website has a section which focuses on the issue of child marriage globally.

ICERD and CERD: A Guide for Civil Society Actors

July, 2011

This book should serve as a practical tool for all those who want to learn about ICERD and CERD, and especially those who seek to  work with ICERD and CERD more effectively in order to combat all forms of racial discrimination. It can also be used as a material in human rights teaching and training.

Women leading change in the Muslim world: Islamic jurisprudence, human rights norms and CEDAW

May, 2011
Ferdous Ara Begum

The concept of nondiscrimination and equal rights for both men and women in all spheres of their lives as enshrined in the CEDAW Convention (1979) and all other Human Rights Frameworks generated a new realization and discourse in the Islamic world. The Universal Declaration on human Rights (1948) states in Article one that ‘all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights’. By ratification of these International human rights frameworks States parties are in obligation to domesticate these human rights standard in their own legal system.

Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities

June, 2011
The Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence (API-IDV)

The Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence has organized resources for Muslim communities in the United States because so many Muslim immigrants living in the U.S. come from various regions in Asia: Central, East, South, Southeast, and West Asia, i.e. the Middle East. You can download them via the API IDV website here; or follow the links below. All links are to research conducted by API IDV.


It’s Not Just Domestic Violence: The Beginner’s Guide to 16 Types of Violence Against Women

December, 2010
The Pixel Project

There are many reasons why Violence Against Women is possibly the most widespread and intractable human rights violations in human history: It is embedded in social structures; It is part of cultural customs; It is due to gender inequality; It is due to gender-based economic inequality; It is due to patriarchal strictures… the list of factors goes on and on and many have expounded on it.

Yet even while it is so entrenched an issue, many people have problems recognising gender-based violence even when they are come face-to-face with it simply because:

Forced Marriage and Honour Killing Checksheet

June, 2011
Pixel Project

Helping Forced marriages and honour killings are often intertwined. Marriage can be forced to save honour, and women can be murdered for rejecting a forced marriage.[5]

The issue of ‘honour’ is also one of links with the community. Unlike domestic violence, a woman who runs away from a forced marriage or honour killing will be severing links with her family and her culture. There may be no help coming from those parties.