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Global Campaign to Stop killing and Stoning of Women (SKSW): New Website!

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Source of news: AWID Association For Womens Rights In Development
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2010-05-21 09:50:09 / News read 1549 reading

SKSW has relaunched its website! The new website contains a wide array of information and resources about the theme of 'culture', women and violence from various sources. It also contains action alerts originated by SKSW and by its partners and allies.

 

"In 2007, the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW Campaign), was launched to end the relentless misuse of religion and culture to justify the killing, maiming and torture of women as punishment for violating the imposed ‘norms’ of sexual behaviour.

The Campaign is not against any culture, religion or faith. They believe in promoting the positive, inclusive values and discourses which are part of the cultures. What they seek to challenge and oppose is the legitimacy being given to legal, religious and cultural systems that either promote or mitigate discrimination and violence against women and girls.

The Campaign is most active in Muslim contexts, as it grew predominantly from struggles in countries like Iran, Nigeria, Indonesia and Pakistan opposing cruel and inhuman punishments against women and girls such a stoning, whippings, female genital mutilation and honour killings. The Campaign believes that CVAW manifests in multiple and diverse forms across all cultures. Therefore, steps are being taken to expand and make links with those working in diverse religious and cultural contexts.

Honour killings were first legally sanctioned in the Napoleonic Codes, and the ‘grave and sudden provocation’ clause was introduced by Europeans into the legislation of many countries with colonial histories across Latin America, Asia and Africa. In Italy, honour killings were sanctioned until 1981 and men who killed their wives, sisters, or daughters in a ‘fit of fury’ upon catching them in the act of adultery could receive no more than a 7 year sentence. In 2006, Nicaragua outlawed abortion even in cases of medical emergency due to the strong influence of the Catholic church, which results in women who try to exercise their reproductive rights becoming targets of backlash, intimidation, and harm by the State and community members. In 2008 reports began surfacing that self-proclaimed morality police in certain Jewish sects in Israel were inciting violence against women for failing to cover their heads or opting for divorce. In Senegal, early/forced marriages of minors are still occurring, despite their being national legislation prohibiting forced marriage and setting the national marriage age for girls at 16. In 2009 President Karzai signed the Shia Family Code which effectively legalizes marital rape, including a clause which maintains a husband’s right to withhold basic necessities, including food, until a wife submits to his sexual demands.

The underlying connection in all of these cases is that women’s fundamental rights to control their own bodies and make their own life choices are being denied on the basis of claims of cultural or religious authority and authenticity. Such claims must be rejected, as there is no cultural or religious right to threaten, harm, torture or execute anyone because she is a woman exercising her human rights." says theSKSW website.

 

If you want to communicate with SKSW on any matter related to the website, please use their collective email address info@stop-stoning or info@stop-killing.org

For further information and access the new website, please go to http://stop-stoning.org/home1

 

 

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