VNC Publications and Resources

Saudi Arabia: We Say "Yes" to Women's Full Enjoyment of their Rights

Publication Date: 
October 2, 2011
Violence is Not our Culture
Violence is Not our Culture (VNC)

The Violence is Not our Culture (VNC) Campaign welcomes long awaited and recent reforms announced by King Abdullah Bin-Abd-al-Aziz Al Saud, that promise to gives Saudi Arabian women the rights to vote and run for office in municipal council elections, and to become full voting members of the next Shura council. The promise to increase women’s participation in civic life is a tribute to women’s efforts on the ground who have been campaigning inside the country, despite strict and rigid opposition.

However the measure remains, in King Abdullah’s own words, a “cautious reform”.

Key Measures to End Gender-Based Discrimination and Violence Against Women in Saudi Arabia

Publication Date: 
October, 2011

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed and ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Convention) in 2000, yet maintained certain reservations, especially in regards to Article 2, stating that “In case of contradiction between any term of the Convention and the norms of Islamic law, the Kingdom is not under obligation to observe the contradictory terms of the Convention”.

Strategising Online Activism: A Toolkit

Publication Date: 
May, 2011

Strategising Online Activism: A Toolkit
was inspired by the workshops held in Asia and Africa for the partners and members of the Violence is not our Culture (VNC) campaign.

While this toolkit has been designed primarily for the local partners and activists of the VNC campaign, this can be a resource, too, for human rights activists who are keen to develop their online activism and want to know where and how to to start.

Control and Sexuality: The Revival of Zina Laws in Muslim Contexts

Publication Date: 
December, 2010
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 - .

List of Stoning Cases in Iran

Publication Date: 
July, 2010

Below is a list of those known to have been sentenced to stoning and or executed by stoning in Iran.

FAQs about the sentencing of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani

Publication Date: 
July, 2010
Violence is not our Culture


Read our Call for Action Relating to Sakinah Mohammadi-Ashtiani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)  about the case of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani and the practice of stoning in Iran.

(Attached is the PDF version for download) 

A Catalogue of International Human Rights Instruments for campaigners

Publication Date: 
June, 2010

In addition to the Bill of Rights, there are nine core international human rights treaties. Each of these treaties has established a committee of experts to monitor implementation of the treaty provisions by its States parties. Some of the treaties are supplemented by optional protocols dealing with specific concerns.

Through ratification of , Governments undertake to put into place domestic measures and legislation compatible with their treaty obligations and duties. Where domestic legal proceedings fail to address human rights abuses, mechanisms and procedures for individual complaints or communications are available at the regional and international levels to help ensure that international human rights standards are indeed respected, implemented, and enforced at the local level.

Publication: Policy Briefing Series I

Policy Briefing Series I: VNC is pleased to announce the publication of our first Policy Briefing Series on culturally-justified violence against women (CVAW).

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.