The practice of stoning to death and honour killing as a state-sanctioned activity was revived in several Muslim-majority contexts, based on religious and cultural fundamentalist interpretations beginning, for instance, in Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan in the 1970s and 80s. Feminist movements in many countries mobilized against these misogynist practices and the high rate of femicides, and Iranian women launched a national campaign. The WLUML network subsequently launched a global campaign in solidarity: “Stop Stoning and Killing Women!” to amplify national campaigns, while also bringing various forms of femicide and inhuman and extreme abuse of human rights practices across contexts into international focus.
The campaign was launched in 2007 In Istanbul with the participation of some 200 network members from multiple countries, and was re-ignited with the support of a number of network organizations from 2012-2013. The campaign aimed to expose the ways in which culture is abused and misused to justify violence against women.
GOALS OF THE CAMPAIGN:
- To stimulate and promote discussion and public awareness of the politicization of culture and religion as a means for justifying the abuse of women’s human rights.
- To support and strengthen local, national and global advocacy to end practices of stoning and other forms of ‘honour-based’ killings.
- To develop an inventory of discourses and counter-discourses on the use of culture and religion as a means of legitimization of violence against women.
- To build the capacity of women’s human rights advocates and women’s movements to document such cases of abuse and to use the relevant international instruments for advocacy.