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This page includes resources we believe are relevant to the theme of culturally-justified violence. We have included both VNC-led publications as well as those by allies. If you have a resource you think should be on this page, please contact

Intensification of Efforts to Eliminate All Forms of Violence Against Women

October, 2007
United Nations General Assembly

This Draft Proposal is to be reviewed by the full UN General Assembly-All UN Countries.

Stop Violence Against Women

The Stop Violence Against Women website provides International and Regional News, National News by country, Research and Reports.

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CEDAW Country Reports and Resources

September, 2006

Countries that have ratified or acceded to the Convention are legally bound to put its provisions into practice. They are also committed to submit national reports, at least every four years, on measures they have taken to comply with their treaty obligations. For an update on the status of submission by country, please download the status of submission and consideration of reports submitted by States parties, as at 31 August 2006

This section contains the most recent country reports submitted, under article 18 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, to the Division for the Advancement of Women. Not all documents are available in electronic format - we will add links as they become available. For reports submitted prior to 1995, please contact

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Gender Based Violence

Reproductive Health Response in Conflict Consortium

Women experience violence at home, in community and society. We experience violence perpetuated by governments and at global level. The situation of women in war and conflict zones simply intensify the already grim picture and challenging situation of respecting the human rights of women and girls.

In recent years since Beijing Plus 10, the global women's movement has been paying more attention to the role of men, particularly participation of younger men in the plight of women and girls for gender equality. The age old patriarchal system, which is being defended by the forces of militarism, religious extremism and neo- liberalism will be challenged by the women and girls and their allied men building a powerful grassroots movement and demanding their basic human rights, gender equality, democracy and peace. Let us all imagine the potential of our communities, societies and a world free of violence against women. Gender violence is the cause and consequences of gender inequality.

For more info and statistics on gender based violence please check the following link:

Understanding Culture, Protecting Human Rights

Thoraya A. Obaid, UNFPA Executive Director Gender Equity Human Rights


This exhibit can be used as both an advocacy and programming tool. It documents UNFPA’s experience in the field supporting projects that address violence against women in its many forms. Designed for both the general public and development practitioners, it documents approaches that can be used to confront this problem on a larger scale.

Other organizations, websites, schools and networks are encouraged to link to and use this resource in any way they can to spread awareness about gender-based violence and efforts to end it. Feel free to send the link to a friend. For questions, contact

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Universal Human Rights Index of United Nations Documents

The Universal Human Rights Index (Index) is designed primarily to facilitate access to human rights documents issued by the UN human rights treaty bodies and the special procedures of the Human Rights Council.

Stop Stoning Forever Campaign - A Report

September, 2007
Rochelle Terman, Women Living Under Muslim Laws, 2007

The Stop Stoning Forever Campaign was formed by various women’s rights activists after two individuals were stoned to death in Mashhad Iran in May of 2006. Their main goal is to legally abolish stoning as a form of punishment for adultery in Iran.

Gender, Sexuality and the Criminal Laws in the Middle East and North Africa: A Comparative Study

February, 2005
Dr. Sherifa Zuhur, Women for Women's Human Rights--NEW WAYS

This study outlines key beliefs and principles that defined the course of legal approaches to issues affecting women in the Middle East and North Africa. Such topics include rape, adultery, honor killings, battery and wife-beating, murder, abortion, infanticide (where abortion is unavailable), sex trafficking, sex work, sexual abuse, incest, homosexuality, transsexuality, and FGM.

The Dynamics of Honor Killings in Turkey: Prospects for Action

November, 2005
Filiz Kardam, et. al.

Through this report, the UNDP and UNFPA seek to further contribute to the discussion and debate in Turkey about honor killings through perspectives from a cross-section of society: women and men of varying ages, educational levels, and social backgrounds; public officials; religious leaders; non-governmental organizations and the media. The report synthesis comprehensive and well-researched data to illuminate such topics as perceptions of honor ,cases of ‘dishonorable conduct’: causes and consequences and recommendations to stop honor killings.

Imprisonment to Protect Women against "Crimes of Honor", A Dual Violation of Civil Rights

January, 2010
Rana Husseini

Some Jordanian women commit a crime, serve their sentence and then walk free. Others – some of them guilty only in the eyes of their family and the society – end up in prison and never leave. This is the story of one of those women, Kifah, who is destined to probably spend the rest of her life in prison, because government authorities cannot release her out of fear she might be killed by her family.