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The conceptual contradiction between the cultural dimension of freedom of religion and the fundamental rights of women as individuals in the light of religion and traditions forms the framework of this study. The author posits that the significance of that contradiction can be understood only after an attempt is made to define religion and explain its relationship with culture and to explore the issue of cultural diversity in the face of the imperative of universality, an exercise undertaken in the three sections of this study. 

The Global Campaign, Violence is not Our Culture (VNC) has published Strategising Online Activism: A Toolkit. The toolkit is available for free download and distribution. Through this toolkit VNC hopes that campaigners will acquire the following skills: An understanding of why and how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be appropriated by women's rights and human rights groups in their advocacy skills through their use of online tools, including networking and mobile tools for advocacy and campaigning; The ability to develop an advocacy / communication strategy; Knowing what social neworking is and the various spaces and tools they could use in their online activism; An understanding of online privacy and security issues relevant to building their online activism.

The Regional Coordination Office for Africa and the Middle East of the Women under Muslim Laws Network (WLUML-RCO/AME) organized a workshop on the topic of sexuality and sexual rights in Rabat, Morocco from May 5-8, 2009.  This regional meeting, which examined the issue of “Sexuality and Sexual Rights”, drew some two dozen participants from a wide range of countries, including Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, Senegal, Nigeria, Egypt, Uganda, RDC Congo, Lebanon and Pakistan.

Ce document par Ziba Mir-Hosseini fait partie d’une étude transnationale sur les lois relatives à l’adultère, commanditée par Femmes sous lois musulmanes (WLUML). La tradition juridique islamique traite tout rapport sexuel hors mariage comme un crime. La principale catégorie de crimes de ce type est la zina, qui s’entend de tout rapport sexuel illicite entre un homme et une femme. 

This report is based on a Musawah research project on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (‘CEDAW’ or ‘the Convention’) that examined States parties’ justifications for their failure to implement CEDAW with regard to family laws and practices that discriminate against Muslim women. 

In the winter 2011 issue of the WLUML newsletter, we feature an article on blasphemy laws and women’s rights in Pakistan, following the death sentence of a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, for blasphemy in November 2010 – the first conviction of its kind for a woman. We also interview Iranian activist and WLUML networker, Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, who won the 2010 Johann Philipp Palm Prize for defending freedom of expression and freedom of the press, on how she is continuing her activism work outside of Iran. 

Analyzing Religious Fundamentalist Strategies and Feminist Responses by Cassandra Balchin. This publication is one in a series of products based on collaborative research under AWID's multi-year Resisting and Challenging Religious Fundamentalisms Initiative.

En Iran, un an après les élections contestées de 2009, le mouvement des femmes est confronté à une répression croissante de la part des autorités. Nous publions un article de Leila Mouri, qui examine l’impact des restrictions gouvernementales sur le statut des femmes et sur leur activisme, aujourd’hui, en Iran. Toujours, à propos de l’Iran, nous faisons le point sur les événements dans l’affaire de Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, dont la condamnation à mort par lapidation, depuis lors ‘commuée’ en condamnation à mort par pendaison, a suscité, le mois dernier, une attention presque sans précédent dans les médias internationaux.

Dans ce bulletin, il y a des nouvelles sur le 4ème Institut pour le Leadership féministe du réseau Femmes sous lois musulmanes (WLUML), qui s’est tenu du 9 au 20 novembre 2009, à Dakar, Sénégal. La conférence a permis de renforcer les capacités en leadership, tout en encourageant la solidarité globale et la mise en place de réseaux entre femmes de divers contrées et communautés musulmanes.

This collection of case studies is a testament to the women and men around the world who have stood up to reject the imposition of norms and values in the name of religion as well as to expose and challenge the privileged position given to religion in public policies. In 2008 AWID launched a call for proposals to document the strategies of women's rights activists confronting religious fundamentalisms. The final 18 case studies presented here are drawn from a wide range of religious and geographical contexts, and cover various fields of activism.

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