ICERD and CERD: A Guide for Civil Society Actors

Publication Date: 
July, 2011

This Guide provides information on the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), the work of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Di

Human Dignity and Honour of Women

Publication Date: 
July 15, 2011
Times of Malta

Human beings have explored more civilisations with the passage of time and we are now in the 21st century. But, in some countries and societies that is merely a technicality and nothing more. The archaic and often criminal notions of justice and honour, particularly the treatment meted out to women, speak of a society that remains mired in a mediaeval mindset. This is evident judging by news from different countries and societies and because the world has emerged as a global village such news and stories are easily accessible.

VNC Strategic Consultation Meeting Report

VNC Evaluation Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2011

The Violence is Not our Culture (VNC) Campaign Evaluation: “Taking Stock of Our Gains and Challenges for the Future”

VNC Evaluation Meeting Report

Twenty four (24) VNC partners, activists and allies gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 5-8 May 2011 to review the first three (3) years of the Campaign and to map out its future.  The meeting is the culmination of an evaluation of the Campaign and its activities under the MDG3 Fund: Investing in Equality of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The evaluation examined the  Campaign’s development through the work of its local partners and global communication team, its outcomes and impacts, and also opportunities and future challenges.

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

Publication Date: 
May, 2011

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.

At present about 187 states parties have ratified the CEDAW convention which is almost a universal ratification for the Convention. Except Iran, Sudan and Somalia all other Muslim countries have ratified or acceded to the CEDAW convention. Many of these  Muslim  countries  imposed reservations under Article 28 of the convention on certain core Articles, such as Article 2, 16, 9 etc of the convention in the name of Islamic Sharia law.

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

Publication Date: 
December, 2010
Stop Street Harassment cover

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.

10 Things You Can Do to Stop Violence Against Women

Publication Date: 
June, 2011
10 Things You Can Do To Stop Violence Against Women
  1. Approach gender violence as a MEN’S issue involving men of all ages, socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds. View men not only as perpetrators or possible offenders, but as empowered bystanders who can confront abusive peers.

  2. If a brother, friend, classmate, or teammate is abusing his female partner – or is disrespectful or abusive to girls and women in general – don’t look the other way. If you feel comfortable doing so, try to talk to him about it. Urge him to seek help. Or if you don’t know what to do, consult a friend, a parent, a professor, or a counsellor. DON’T REMAIN SILENT.

Italy: LGBT Christians want Pope Benedict XVI to defend their human rights

Publication Date: 
June 10, 2011
European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups

Today the European Forum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christian Groups has sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI asking for true respect of the human rights and the personal integrity of LGBT people. They appeal to the Pope for a clear statement against homophobic violence and any pressure by religious authorities to undergo „reparative therapy“, often causing harmful psychological damage. In this letter the Catholic Church is called on to grant LGBT people the same fundamental right to get involved in a relationship with a beloved other without being afraid of negative consequences from church hierarchies.

New site brings dignity to victims of honor-violence

Publication Date: 
June 16, 2011
Women's News Network
Memini is a new website chronicling and giving dignity to the victims of honor violence.

According to the United Nations and The International Campaign Against Honor Killing at least five thousand women and girls worldwide are murdered each year to preserve ‘family honour’.