Keep up to date on our activities! You will find all the statements, publications, actions and documentation of our international events and campaigning activities of our local partners here.
Panel Discussion - Cultures, Traditions and Violence Against Women: Human Rights Challenges (Geneva, Switzerland)
EVENT: Panel Discussion at the UN Human Rights Council (Geneva, Switzerland)
Cultures, Traditions and Violence Against Women: Human Rights Challenges
Date: Monday, March 7th 2011
Location: Room XXIV, Building E, Palais des Nations
Urgent Appeal from International Civil Society: International Community Must Ensure Rights of Egyptians are Upheld
The Violence is Not our Culture campaign supports this appeal by diverse civil society organisations on the crisis in Egypt.
Urgent Appeal from International Civil Society:
International Community Must Ensure Rights of Egyptians are Upheld
1 February 2011
We, civil society organizations from across the world, strongly urge all governments, as well as regional and international organizations, to clearly and unequivocally denounce the ongoing violent crackdown against the public protests and demands for democratic reform and government accountability that have been occurring across Egypt since the 25th of January.
VNC Marks 3 Years with Global Actions
16 Days of Activism 2010: The Violence is Not our Culture campaign marks its third year with a series of global actions
On the eve of this year’s commemoration of the 16 days of Activism against Gender Violence, the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women launched its new name:
Violence is not our Culture: A Global Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women in the name of ‘Culture”
The change is in response feedback from its activists and allies to broaden the scope of the Campaign beyond specific manifestations of culturally-justified VAW such as ‘killing’ and ‘stoning’. The change of name is also timely as we launch our engagement in the debate at the UN on universality versus cultural relativism in human rights.
The 16 Days of Activism also offered the Campaign key opportunities by which it could raise the profile of its concerns on ‘culture’ and gender–based discrimination and violence against women (CVAW) and be in solidarity with social movements, NGOs, individuals, friendly-States and the UN system engaged in common efforts to end violence against women.
Statement on the occasion of the International Day for Women Human Rights Defenders
Defend women's human rights. Declare our culture free from violence!
Joint Action by the Take Back the Tech and Violence is Not Our Culture Campaign
29 Nov 2010
Take Back The Tech! partners with the "Violence is Not our Culture" global campaign to mark this year's International Day on Women Human Rights Defenders and the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women (VAW) . On 29 November 2010, we join hands in solidarity and call for all of our campaigners and allies in different parts of the world to support the work of women human rights defenders to demand an end to violence against women justified in the name of "culture", "religion" or "tradition".
VNC condemns the murder of David Kato
The Violence is Not out Culture campaign condemns the brutal murder on 26 January 2011 of LGBT human rights defender, David Kato, of Uganda and extends its condolences to his colleagues at Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). David was a long term activist for rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Uganda, and was a highly respected and admired human rights defender within his community and worldwide.
End Violent Religious Intolerance, Uphold Human Rights for All
The Global Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women in the name of ‘Culture’ condemns the recent attacks against and between religious groups in various countries across the world, and is deeply concerned about, amongst others, the following cases:
Control and Sexuality: The Revival of Zina Laws in Muslim Contexts
Control and Sexuality examines zina laws in some Muslim contexts and communities in order to explore connections between the criminalisation of sexuality, gender-based violence and women’s rights activism. The Violence is Not Our Culture Campaign and the Women Living Under Muslim Laws network present this comparative study and feminist analysis of zina laws as a contribution to the broader objective of ending violence in the name of ‘culture’.
Download chapters: Introduction - /, Ch.1 Criminalising Sexuality - , Ch.5 Pakistan - .
Foundation of Solidarity of Justice
Foundation of Solidarity for Justice (Victims Network) is the first organization that works with the victims of war for the past three years in Afghanistan. The Victims Network was established for the first time to help and raise the voices of the Victims of the conflict in Afghanistan by providing them psychotherapy services, awareness raising workshops, sharing the stories and experiences of the victims through print and electronic media, documentation of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Victims Network for the first time in the history of Afghanistan established Victims Shuras (Councils) in Kabul.
Institut Pelangi Perempuan
Institut Pelangi Perempuan (IPP) is an organization focusing on the empowerment of young Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (LBT) women in Indonesia and creating safe spaces for them. Since its foundation, IPP has adopted the strategy called Education, Fun and Entertainment (Edufuntainment) and promotion of cool politics. The use of youth friendly language as well as recreational spaces such as dance and sport (badminton and boxing) club are used as the tools for mobilizing youth LBT women in Indonesia.
Stop state violence against women in Iran!
The Islamic Republic of Iran is perpetrating state violence against women, often using religious pretexts to justify such violence, affecting women regardless of their backgrounds . State violence against women takes place on the streets committed by Basij (State-sanctioned religious police); in courts - when State violence takes the form of legal codification that defies the very standards that Iran has committed itself to; and in jails – when it becomes part of the method of extracting confessions in jail, with rape condoned as a means of torture. Indeed anywhere in the regime.