International Standards

Independent Expert in the field of cultural rights

Overview of the mandate

Report of the IE in the field of Cultural Rights

The right of access and enjoyment of cultural heritage

Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

The Due Diligence Standard as a Tool for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Intersections between culture and violence against women

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in general comment No. 21

CULTURAL RIGHTS, Fribourg Declaration

International and Regional Organisations

Violence is Not our Culture (VNC) Campaign is a global network of organisations and individuals committed to end all forms of discrimination and violence against women being justified in the name of culture / religion since 25 November 2007.

Musawah is a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family, calling for equality, non-discrimination, justice and dignity as the basis of all human relations; full and equal citizenship for every individual; and marriage and family relations based on principles of equality and justice, with men and women sharing equal rights and responsibilities.

The International Indigenous Women Forum (FIMI) , is a network of Indigenous women leaders, linked to networks of local, national and regional Asia, Africa and America.

National Organisations

Shirkat Gah is a Women’s Resource Centre is a leading women’s rights organisation in Pakistan since 1975.

Simorgh is a non-government, non-profit, feminist/activist organisation based in Pakistan. Simorgh’s main focus is research and dissemination of information that will enable women and men to challenge the dominance of ideas that support social and economic divisions on the basis of gender, class, religion, race and nationality. Simorgh aims to redefine the culturally biased roles of men and women, and to promote not only equality between the genders, but to allow each individual to develop and find expression in his/her own right.

Gender, Livelihoods & Resources Forum (GLRF) focuses on generating dialogue, learnings and networking on gender equity issues amongst the tribal communities of India.

STEPS Women’s Jamaat was formed to achieve the twin goals – social justice and gender justice by working with victimized women of all sections of society and play a catalytic role. Empowering women by promoting self – confidence, self respect and courage and help them to prevent, resist or combat gender violence.

Women for Human Rights, single women group (WHR), established in 1994, is a Non-Governmental Organization actively working for the human rights of the single women (widows) in Nepal. It has been dedicated to create an active network of widows across the nation, regional and international level.

UN Women