Bishkek Feminist Initiative Kyrgyzstan joins CSBR!
June 2, 2016 – 8:50 am | Comments Off on Bishkek Feminist Initiative Kyrgyzstan joins CSBR!

We are excited to welcome Bishkek Feminist Initiative – Kyrgyzstan, as a new member of the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR)!
Read more about BFI’s work below, and check out their terrific …

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CSBR Call for Submissions! Sexual Pleasure, Sexual Rights
June 3, 2016 – 4:16 am | Comments Off on CSBR Call for Submissions! Sexual Pleasure, Sexual Rights

#SexPleasureRights - CSBR

What is #SexPleasureRights?

 

The #SexPleasureRights blog/arts series seeks to create a space for conversation, dialogue and curiosity on what it means to conceptualize sexual pleasure as an inherent and integral part of our personal and political advocacy across our diverse feminist movements for social, economic, gender, racial and ecological justice.

We invite submissions that reflect on and expand our own personal experiences with advocacy around sexuality, while trying to push the boundaries of our feminist discourses, practices and approaches to the issue of sexual pleasure.

We want to create a space to celebrate, with frank and candid openness, the rights to speak about our sexualities, and our experiences & desires for pleasure.

We are particularly interested in voices and ideas of young people (anywhere from age 13 – 35), with submissions from feminists/activists/organizers across the Global South welcome. No previous experience blogging, writing, filming necessary. Share your views!

 

What Questions will the Series Explore?

 

For this opening series we want to create the space for a diversity of conversations. Below are initial questions to get us started, and we encourage people to expand on them.

With an eye to personal lived realities: We want to bring out personal stories, about how we were raised, what role models we had, where we learned what we did, when we began to rebel, what moved us to strive towards sexual pleasure as an integral part of who we are and the change we want to see.

 

With an eye to cultural pasts and presents: What words do we have for all the different aspects of sexuality, eroticism and pleasure? How does language impact our conceptions of what pleasure is, and who has the right to pleasure? What historical and contemporary literature, films, architecture, and other art forms in our countries, cultures and languages have positively expressed our rights to sexual pleasure? What creative works celebrating women’s sexuality & pleasure; lesbian, bisexual and queer sexuality & pleasure; and third gender, intersex and trans* sexuality & pleasure have moved you? What’s the story behind that?

 

With an eye to advocacy and community organizing: How can we not simply pay lip service to sexual pleasure in our sexual rights discourses (i.e. tacking it on under health), but really work to embody the core principles of consent, respect, autonomy, self-expression, voice and choice in our advocacy and actions? What do these principles mean in practice?

How do we encourage deep engagement with consent, as central to our movement building? How does the right to sexual pleasure intersect with other rights? How can we deepen a sexual rights approach to our movements for economic, environmental, migrant, disability and racial justice? What other lessons can we learn from the right to sexual pleasure that will strengthen our collective struggles for solidarity and self-determination?

What does it mean for us to be responsible for our own sexual pleasure? What support do we need to ensure children, adolescents and young adults grow up with empowering conceptions and practices around sexuality and sexual pleasure?

How can we move our conceptions of sexual pleasure as a right forward in a way that ensures individual autonomy, dignity and integrity? What roles does the state play in upholding sexual pleasure as a right? Should the state play any role at all?

 

With an eye to feminist futures: What radically transformative imaginings and understandings of sexuality, eroticism and pleasure do you have to share? (Creative fictions pieces are also welcome!) What visions, conceptions and understandings of sexual pleasure are still missing in our homes, our circles of friends, our communities and across our movements? How can we work to promote new understandings, to stop marginalizing peoples, voices and experiences, when it comes to celebrating sexuality and the right to pleasure? How can we increase this solidarity?

 

What do I submit?

 

Submissions should be in English (or with English subtitles/voiceovers/written description); can be written, visual, or audio; in any creative form (such as comic strip, visual art, poetry etc.), and adhere to the general guidelines below:


Written submissions:

Poetry / Blogs Post, Op-Eds, Short Essays (400–1200 words) / Short Fiction (max. 2200 words)

  • Format: .doc
  • Accessibly written


Audio Submissions:

Interviews / Soundscapes / Recorded Spoken Word / Short Stories (up to 3 minutes) / Original Musical Compositions (up to 8 minutes) / Etc.

  • Format: .mp3
  • Quality: 192 or 256 kpbs
  • Short description of the piece
  • Statement of usage rights
  • For file sizes above 3MB, submit via a Wetransfer link: https://www.wetransfer.com/

 

Visual Submissions:

Images:  Photos / Graphic Essays / Posters / Collage / Comics / etc.

  • Format: high resolution .jpg, .jpeg
  • A short narrative description of the piece
  • Statement of usage rights
  • For file sizes above 3MB, submit via a Wetransfer link: https://www.wetransfer.com/


Videos:

  • Format: .mp4
  • Resolution: 720p/1080p
  • A short narrative description of the piece
  • Statement of usage rights
  • Submit via a Wetransfer link: https://www.wetransfer.com/

 

Accompanying Biographies: All submissions should contain a short biography (150 words) about the author. Confidentiality and privacy is an important concern of ours – we encourage people to submit taking all privacy measures necessary. Pseudonyms welcome. We will not publish any personal details without full and written consent of the authors.

 

* * * Submissions Deadline: 10 July 2016 * * * 

 

Send your submissions by email to csbrblogs@gmail.com, with the title “Call for Blogs: Sexual Pleasure, Sexual Rights” in the subject line by 10 July 2016.

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CSBR welcomes all submissions that meet the above guidelines, but may not be able to publish all submissions that we receive. In selecting pieces for the series, our focus will be on publishing submissions that reflect views, experiences and topics that are less discussed, publicized and circulated in mainstream and social media. We also maintain the right to edit written and audio submissions for purposes of clarity, and will liaise with contributors when this is needed.

 

Questions?

Write to us at csbrblogs@gmail.com with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Bishkek Feminist Initiative Kyrgyzstan joins CSBR!
June 2, 2016 – 8:50 am | Comments Off on Bishkek Feminist Initiative Kyrgyzstan joins CSBR!
Bishkek Feminist Initiative Kyrgyzstan joins CSBR!

We are excited to welcome Bishkek Feminist Initiative – Kyrgyzstan, as a new member of the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR)!
Read more about BFI’s work below, and check out their terrific …

Three years of willful disregard: Egyptian government refuses to implement ruling of African Commission ordering renewed investigation of Black Wednesday case. Survivors of mass sexual assaults have no recourse to remedies
May 26, 2016 – 7:02 am | Comments Off on Three years of willful disregard: Egyptian government refuses to implement ruling of African Commission ordering renewed investigation of Black Wednesday case. Survivors of mass sexual assaults have no recourse to remedies
Three years of willful disregard: Egyptian government refuses to implement ruling of African Commission ordering renewed investigation of Black Wednesday case. Survivors of mass sexual assaults have no recourse to remedies

Wednesday 25 May 2016

The anniversary of Black Wednesday, when in May 2005 several female demonstrators and journalists were sexually assaulted by demonstrators in support of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, comes this year as freedom …

Rights Spotlight: IDAHOT
May 17, 2016 – 9:41 am | Comments Off on Rights Spotlight: IDAHOT
Rights Spotlight: IDAHOT

Yesterday and today – people around the world continue to be denied their basic and fundamental human rights, targeted on the basis of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression. And not only do …

Rights Spotlight: International Day of Families
May 15, 2016 – 5:15 pm | Comments Off on Rights Spotlight: International Day of Families
Rights Spotlight: International Day of Families

This May 15th is the International Day of Families. So what’s this all about – and what do families, human rights and gender justice have to do with one another?
Established principles of international human rights …

Safeguarding Individuals, Civil Society & Our Shared Humanity: An Urgent Plea to the Government of Bangladesh
May 2, 2016 – 6:36 pm | Comments Off on Safeguarding Individuals, Civil Society & Our Shared Humanity: An Urgent Plea to the Government of Bangladesh
Safeguarding Individuals, Civil Society & Our Shared Humanity: An Urgent Plea to the Government of Bangladesh

2 May 2016
SAFEGUARDING INDIVIDUALS, CIVIL SOCIETY AND OUR SHARED HUMANITY:
AN URGENT PLEA TO THE GOVERNMENT OF BANGLADESH
 
We, the undersigned, join other voices from across Asia and the Pacific – and around the world – in calling …

Queering Indonesia: Self, Subjectivity and Crisis
April 16, 2016 – 4:42 am | Comments Off on Queering Indonesia: Self, Subjectivity and Crisis
Queering Indonesia: Self, Subjectivity and Crisis

 
IFJ Vol.4 No.1, March 2016
 
Feminism gives hymn of equality the power and the incentive to emancipate humanity. Originally this fight embraces the cause of women’s liberation in full which still unachieved in recent years. …

Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs) web platform launch
April 13, 2016 – 10:21 pm | Comments Off on Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs) web platform launch
Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs) web platform launch

The Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs) is pleased to announce the launch of its web platform: oursplatform.org. The platform will be the go­to place for information and resources on safeguarding the universality of rights in …

Confronting the Backlash – Dede Oetomo, Indonesia
April 12, 2016 – 10:05 pm | Comments Off on Confronting the Backlash – Dede Oetomo, Indonesia
Confronting the Backlash – Dede Oetomo, Indonesia

Indonesia moves quickly and slowly at the same time. The anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex backlash currently underway in the country has grown quickly since its start last January. Daily headlines feature the latest …

Urgent Call to Action: End the Crackdown against Egyptian Human Rights NGOs
March 24, 2016 – 8:09 pm | Comments Off on Urgent Call to Action: End the Crackdown against Egyptian Human Rights NGOs
Urgent Call to Action: End the Crackdown against Egyptian Human Rights NGOs

TAKE ACTION: 
The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) is deeply concerned about the on-going crackdown against independent human rights NGOs in Egypt, including the recent imposition on NGO staff of travel …

Oral Statement by WWHR at CSW 60
March 21, 2016 – 10:16 am | Comments Off on Oral Statement by WWHR at CSW 60
Oral Statement by WWHR at CSW 60

Oral Statement by Women for Women’s Human Rights – New Ways for the General Discussion segment of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women
18 March 2016
Your Excellences,
In September 2015, the world has made …

CSBR: President Widodo & Indonesian Govt. Must Uphold Constitutional Rights of Indonesian Citizens
March 12, 2016 – 9:01 am | Comments Off on CSBR: President Widodo & Indonesian Govt. Must Uphold Constitutional Rights of Indonesian Citizens
CSBR: President Widodo & Indonesian Govt. Must Uphold Constitutional Rights of Indonesian Citizens

President Joko Widodo & the Indonesian Government Must Uphold the Constitutional Rights of Indonesian Citizens
 
The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) is gravely concerned about the on-going attacks against the civil, …

Justice for Sisters: End Arbitrary Arrests and Repeal Laws that Criminalize Transgender Persons – Malaysia
March 7, 2016 – 10:00 am | Comments Off on Justice for Sisters: End Arbitrary Arrests and Repeal Laws that Criminalize Transgender Persons – Malaysia

For immediate release
March 7, 2016
Justice for Sisters is extremely concerned and appalled by the arrests of 12 trans women, including an Indonesian trans woman in a police raid in Penang on 2 March 2016. The …

Victory in Tunisia: Activist group Shams wins in court
February 24, 2016 – 9:41 pm | Comments Off on Victory in Tunisia: Activist group Shams wins in court
Victory in Tunisia: Activist group Shams wins in court

23 February 2016
Shams, the Tunisian group pushing for the decriminalization of homosexuality, has won its legal challengeagainst a government order that it suspend operations.
“Shams can resume normal activities, thanks to the decision of the court,” …

Call for Submissions: Chouftouhonna 2nd International Feminist Art Festival of Tunis
February 13, 2016 – 7:40 pm | Comments Off on Call for Submissions: Chouftouhonna 2nd International Feminist Art Festival of Tunis
Call for Submissions: Chouftouhonna 2nd International Feminist Art Festival of Tunis

Chouftouhonna is back! The 2nd International Feminist Art festival of Tunis will take place in 15, 16, 17 March 2016. The call for participation is open to women’s artists and creators, and all persons who identify …

Call for Action: Request for Protection for Kemal Ördek
February 5, 2016 – 8:38 pm | Comments Off on Call for Action: Request for Protection for Kemal Ördek
Call for Action: Request for Protection for Kemal Ördek

Reposted from AWID:
 
We call for action for Justice for Kemal and for all trans people and sex workers in Turkey!
 

1. Please kindly send your letters of protest to the Presidency, Prime Ministry, Ministry of Justice, …

LGBT group faces state persecution in Indonesia
January 25, 2016 – 10:59 pm | Comments Off on LGBT group faces state persecution in Indonesia

25 January 2016
Several public officials issued statements on the weekend opposing the presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students on university campuses following the cancelation of an event at the University of Indonesia …

“Jadal” Publishes New Articles about “Sexual Politics in Palestine”
January 12, 2016 – 5:16 am | Comments Off on “Jadal” Publishes New Articles about “Sexual Politics in Palestine”
“Jadal” Publishes New Articles about “Sexual Politics in Palestine”

العدد 24 من مجلّة جدل الالكترونية: “السياسات الجنسية والجندرية”
اصدر مركز مدى الكرمل العدد الرابع والعشرين من مجلّة جدل الالكترونية، بتحرير عرين هوّاري. يتناول المحور المركزي لهذا العدد من جدل السياسات الجنسية والجندرية بتقاطعها مع مباني …

The Philippine Shari’a Courts and the Code of Muslim Personal Laws
January 12, 2016 – 4:26 am | Comments Off on The Philippine Shari’a Courts and the Code of Muslim Personal Laws

Publication Date: 14 October 2014
The Philippine Shari’a Courts and the Code of Muslim Personal Laws
Isabelita Solamo-Antonio

Abstract

A survey, conducted by the PILIPINA Legal Resources Center (PLRC) in the Philippines, on the extent of usage of, and the attitudes, aspirations …