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The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women is pleased to announce the publication of their first Policy Briefing Series on culturally-justified violence against women (CVAW). Launched on March 3rd, 2010 at their panel discussion at the 54th UN Commission on the Status of Women, the Series is a valuable resource for those working on issues of CVAW.

The WLUML Newsletter has a new look! Introducing a more contemporary design and reader-friendly format, the Spring 2010 issue has all the same sections as Newsletter 8: Editorial and Solidarity; Campaigns; Women’s Empowerment and Activism; News from Networkers; Reviews; Events and Announcements. On this issue's cover are the objectives and strategies of the 4th WLUML Feminist Leadership Institute that took place in Dakar, Senegal, from 09-20 November, 2009 and on page 5 we hear from one of its participants, May El Sallab.

This essay argues that CEDAW’s concept of equality is what is needed to end discrimination against women. It first traces the background of the controversy over the use of the terms equity and equality in international human rights law. Finally, to further demonstrate the importance of CEDAW’s principles of equality, and particularly that of substantive equality, it provides some illustrations of the positive impact these principles have had on domestic gender jurisprudence.

The forms of violence referred to as “harmful cultural or traditional practices” have been addressed by the United Nations for many years. These forms of violence include female genital mutilation, female infanticide and prenatal sex selection, child marriage, forced marriage, dowry-related violence, acid attacks, so-called “honour” crimes, and maltreatment of widows.

This Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa handbook brings together the available expertise and data based on the growing body of knowledge worldwide to help us understand why gender based violence takes place and its profound and far reaching consequences on women, families and societies.

In her book, Rana Husseini recounts how she broke the silence around ‘honour’ killings in Jordan in the early 1990s, starting a national campaign to reform related laws, and laying the foundation for simultaneous international campaigns against VAW. A sample chapter is attached, courtesy of publishers, One World Publications.

يشكل هذا الدليل الذي يحمل عنوان، المطالبة بالحقوق، مطالبة بالعدالة: دليل حول المدافعات عن حقوق الإنسان، مبادرة للإشادة بالإسهام القيم للمدافعات عن حقوق الإنسان في تعزيز حقوق الإنسان وحمايتها، ولتخويلهن أكثر في أداء دورهن كمدافعات. وهو يؤسس على الإنجازات التي حققتها المدافعات عن حقوق الإنسان، بما فيها تلك التي تحققت في إطار الحملة الدولية الخاصة بالمدافعات عن حقوق الإنسان التي دامت ثلاث سنوات.

Le présent ouvrage est un jalon important vers la reconnaissance de la contribution majeure des femmes défenseures des droits humains dans la promotion et la protection des droits humains et que cette reconnaissance publique les renforce dans leur rôle de défenseurs. Ce guide s’est nourri des victoires remportées par les femmes défenseurs des droits humains, notamment des succès de trois années de campagne internationale sur les femmes défenseures des droits humains.

This Guidebook presents a practical discussion of the useful mechanisms developed by the state and also the civil society to provide redress and remedy, and to protect women human rights defenders.  It is intended to be used by human rights and other organisations to further a gender perspective in the monitoring and documentation of human rights. 

Algerian sociologist and founder of the international solidarity network, Women Living Under Muslim laws, Marieme Hélie-Lucas talks to networker, Amal al-Ashtal, about the origins and early years of WLUML.

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