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On this page, you will find original articles, commentary, and blog posts written by VNC networkers and allies. If you have a piece exploring the connections between culture, rights and gender-based violence, and would like to contribute your work please write us at:

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Street Culture

October 29, 2011

In this post, Elizabeth Wash investigates street harassment and the culture of sexual objectification.

Breaking the Chain of 'Culture' in the Minds of Women and Girls

October 29, 2011

In this post, Reem Mahmoud discusses the challenges of eliminating culturally-justified violence against women.

The Unbroken Curse

October 29, 2011

In this post, Wanjala Wafula informs us on culturally-justified violence against women in Kenya.

At 3:30AM

October 29, 2011

In this post, Kathleen Fallon demonstrates how culture is used far too often to justify actions,to rationalize norms that promote violence against women.

A Culture of Violence?

October 29, 2011

In this post, Miriam Vaswan discusses the notion of 'culture' in relation to reproductive rights and violence against women.

Arab Spring to End Violence Against Women?

November 25, 2011

In this post, Vibeke Thomsen comments on Arab Spring and the consequences for women in the Middle East and Africa.