Digital Storytelling: Stories of Faith & Sexuality [Videos]
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CSBR hosted the first national digital storytelling workshop in Indonesia, on the theme of “Faith & Sexuality”, in partnership with the Youth Interfaith Forum on Sexuality (YIFoS), Kampung Halaman, and GAYa NUSANTARA.

The workshop brought together …

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Letter to President Essebsi of Tunisia
October 5, 2018 – 5:54 am | No Comment

CSBR joins Tunisian civil society and the Alliance of Inclusive Muslims in signing this letter to President Essebsi of Tunisia, calling for equal inheritance rights.


6 September 2018

Your Excellency Mr. Beji Caid Essebsi President of the Republic of Tunisia,

The Alliance of Inclusive Muslims (AIM), and the undersigned organizations and individuals from across Muslim societies, full-heartedly support and praise Tunisia for the report of COLIBE and its recommendations, particularly on equality of inheritance between men and women, that are aligned with gender equality and universal human rights principles.

By doing so you have taken a strong lead in the Muslim world and will encourage Muslims around the world to follow in instituting political and juridical reform, and adopting a form of Islam that more accurately reflects the principles of al ‘adālah (justice) and al maslaḥah (social needs). It is important to protect women from economic disadvantages and empower them to contribute fully in the human, political, social, economic, and cultural development of the society, shoulder to shoulder with men.

We fully understand the challenges that Muslim-majority countries face in implementing democratic reforms, especially in matters pertaining to women in Islam. Reforms will not be effective without public awareness; they must go hand in hand with amplifying counter narratives through education, thereby breaking long-held mindsets promoted by fundamentalist individuals and groups.

We condemn the negative and hateful campaign against the members of COLIBE by those who claim to speak in the name of Islam. Islam, after all, does not promote injustice and discrimination. We affirm that Tunisia does not stand alone; like-minded community and religious leaders, academics and civil societies around the world can formally assist in counter-narrative initiatives. This includes developing fiqh al mu’aṣirah al taqaddumiah (progressive Islamic jurisprudence) and educating the general public and vulnerable groups with an intersectional Islamic understanding of gender equality and universal human rights values.

We applaud the exemplary progressive steps Tunisia has taken and wish for other Muslim-majority countries to quickly follow suit. With these positive developments in Tunisia, we hope your country be granted with consistent political, social, economic stability and prosperity. We would be very pleased to work with Tunisia on strategies to ensure that the recommendations made by COLIBE come to fruition.

Respectfully,

Alliance of Inclusive Muslims


كوالا لامبور10 سبتمبر2018

فخامة الرئيس الباجي قائد السبسي، رئيس الجمهورية التونسية
نكتب إليكم بالنيابة عن منظمة تحالف المسلمين الغير اقصائيين (AIM) ، والأفراد والمنظمات من الموقعين والموقعات من مختلف المجتمعات الإسلامية.

إن الموقعين والموقعات على هذه الرسالة، وبعد دراسة متأنية لتقرير لجنة الحريات الفردية والمساواة وتوصياتها، ولا سيما بشأن المساواة في الميراث بين الرجال والنساء ، يعلنون عن دعمهم وتأييدهم وثنائهم لتونس لإطلاقها قوانين وسياسات تتماشى مع مبادئ المساواة بين الجنسين والمبادئ العالمية لحقوق الإنسان.

إن خطوتكم هذه قدمت مثلاً ونموذجاً رائدا قياديا داخل العالم الإسلامي وسوف تشجع المسلمين والمسلمات في جميع أنحاء العالم على السعي قدماً في ترسيخ القواعد المؤسسية للإصلاح السياسي والقانوني، واعتماد شكل من أشكال الإسلام الذي يعكس بشكل أكثر دقة مباديء العدالة والمصالح المجتمعية المتضمنة في جوهره. إنه من الأهمية بمكان توفير الحماية للمرأة من التمييز الاقتصادي وتَمكينهن، كي يساهمن بشكل كامل في التنمية البشرية، والسياسية، والاجتماعية، والإقتصادية والثقافية للمجتمع، جنباً إلى جنب مع الرجال.

وبَوصفنا منظمة إسلامية عالمية شاملة ، فإننا نفهم تماماً التحديات التي تواجهها البلدان ذات الأغلبية المسلمة في تنفيذ الإصلاحات الديمقراطية ، لا سيما في الأمور المتعلقة بالمرأة في الإسلام. وندرك أيضاً ان هذه الإصلاحات لن تكون فعالة بدون نشر وعي عام، يسير جنبا إلى جنب مع نشر رؤى وتفسيرات تنويرية من خلال التعليم ، وبالتالي كسر العقليات التي تروج لها منذ فترة طويلة الجماعات الأصولية المتطرفة.

نحن ندين بقوة الحملة السلبية وخطاب الكراهية الموجة ضد عضوات و أعضاء لجنة الحريات الفردية والمساواة من قبل من يدَّعون التَحُدث بإسم الإسلام. لاسيما وأن الإسلام لا يروج للظلم والتمييز. ونود هنا أن نؤكد أن دولة تونس لاتقف وحدها؛ إذ يمكن لمن يشاركونها موقفها من المجتمع المحلي والأكاديميين والمجتمعات المدنية والقادة الدينيين في جميع أنحاء العالم أن يساعدوا بشكل رسمي في تقديم الدعم بمبادرات رسمية للرؤى والتفسيرات التنويرية الإصلاحية؛ وهذا يشمل تطوير الفقه الإسلامي التقدمي وتثقيف الجمهور والجماعات المهمشة مع فهم إسلامي متقاطع للمساواة بين الجنسين والقيم العالمية لحقوق الإنسان.

إننا وإذ نُحيي الخطوات التقدمية النموذجية التي اتخذتها تونس، نأمل أن تحذو الدول الأخرى ذات الأغلبية المسلمة حذوها سريعاً. ومع هذه التطورات الإيجابية في تونس ، نرجو ان تحظى دولتكم بالرفاهية والإستقرار السياسي والإجتماعي والإقتصادي المتواصل. وسنكون سعداء للغاية بالعمل مع تونس على وضع استراتيجيات كي تٌؤتي التوصيات التي قدمتها لجنة الحريات الفردية والمساواة ثمارها.

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CSBR Statement – International Coalition of Rights Groups across Muslim societies condemns whipping of two women in Malaysia
September 5, 2018 – 2:52 am | Comments Off on CSBR Statement – International Coalition of Rights Groups across Muslim societies condemns whipping of two women in Malaysia
CSBR Statement – International Coalition of Rights Groups across Muslim societies condemns whipping of two women in Malaysia

For immediate release:

International coalition of civil society groups across Muslim societies–from Algeria, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mali, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey and beyond–condemn the whipping of two women for “attempted sexual relations” which was carried out …

CSBR hosts Project CARE: A regional program on holistic well-being & the sustainability of queer, trans and intersex activism in Asia
July 9, 2018 – 9:52 am | Comments Off on CSBR hosts Project CARE: A regional program on holistic well-being & the sustainability of queer, trans and intersex activism in Asia
CSBR hosts Project CARE: A regional program on holistic well-being & the sustainability of queer, trans and intersex activism in Asia

In February 2018, CSBR launched Project CARE: Continuous and Responsive Empowerment through well-being initiatives for LGBTI human rights defenders in SSEA–a regional program in partnership with Asia Pacific Trans Network (APTN), ASEAN SOGI Caucus (ASC), …

Digital Storytelling: Stories of Faith & Sexuality [Videos]
May 14, 2018 – 12:14 pm | Comments Off on Digital Storytelling: Stories of Faith & Sexuality [Videos]
Digital Storytelling: Stories of Faith & Sexuality [Videos]

CSBR hosted the first national digital storytelling workshop in Indonesia, on the theme of “Faith & Sexuality”, in partnership with the Youth Interfaith Forum on Sexuality (YIFoS), Kampung Halaman, and GAYa NUSANTARA.

The workshop brought together …

Forum for Dignity Initiatives (FDI) Pakistan joins CSBR!
March 2, 2018 – 12:35 pm | Comments Off on Forum for Dignity Initiatives (FDI) Pakistan joins CSBR!
Forum for Dignity Initiatives (FDI) Pakistan joins CSBR!

CSBR is excited to welcome our newest member, Forum for Dignity Initiatives (FDI), from Pakistan!
FDI’s mission is to improve the human rights situation of invisible and marginalized sexual and gender minority groups, specifically transgender people, …

A petition to United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
February 20, 2018 – 7:58 am | Comments Off on A petition to United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

CSBR joined ARROW and over 194 organisations to send a petition to the UNESCAP calling on governments to fulfil their committments to the ICPD as key to achiving the SDGs in Asia Pacific.
Text of …

Sexual Politics in Muslim Societies: Studies from Palestine, Turkey, Malaysia and Indonesia
December 20, 2017 – 12:08 pm | Comments Off on Sexual Politics in Muslim Societies: Studies from Palestine, Turkey, Malaysia and Indonesia
Sexual Politics in Muslim Societies: Studies from Palestine, Turkey, Malaysia and Indonesia

“Why have Muslim majority states become increasingly conservative over time, acting to reverse many hard won advances on women’s rights and those concerning gender diverse populations? How has this happened despite vigorous efforts by activists, …

LBTQ Caucus Statement – 8 December 2017 – Phnom Penh
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LBTQ Caucus Statement – 8 December 2017 – Phnom Penh

CSBR had the pleasure of joining ASEAN SOGIE CAUCUS, Sayoni, UN Women Asia Pacific & Justice for Sisters to organize and facilitate a 2-day forum on lesbian, bisexual and queer women’s issues from 4-5 December …

Students hit the road to fight street harassment in Kuala Lumpur – in pictures
December 8, 2017 – 5:34 am | Comments Off on Students hit the road to fight street harassment in Kuala Lumpur – in pictures
Students hit the road to fight street harassment in Kuala Lumpur – in pictures

On a global day of action for sexual and bodily rights in Muslim societies, Malaysian students stood against harassment in public spaces.

The organising team from Sisters in Islam sported shirts reading “Muslim Women Speak.” Credit: …

Joint Statement: EU must ensure its humanitarian aid to war victims upholds their right to non-discriminatory medical care in line with IHL
November 30, 2017 – 2:51 am | Comments Off on Joint Statement: EU must ensure its humanitarian aid to war victims upholds their right to non-discriminatory medical care in line with IHL

CSBR joined over 90 international NGOs to call for the provision of non-discriminatory medical and sexual & reproductive health services in conflict settings under international humanitarian law (IHL), including access to safe abortion. Read the …

Video: Sustainable Development Goals & LGBTI+ Organizing in Turkey – WWHR & Lambdaistanbul
November 22, 2017 – 9:14 am | Comments Off on Video: Sustainable Development Goals & LGBTI+ Organizing in Turkey – WWHR & Lambdaistanbul
Video: Sustainable Development Goals & LGBTI+ Organizing in Turkey – WWHR & Lambdaistanbul

Want to understand more about the intersections between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and gender equality? Then take a look at Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR)–New Ways’ new video series on the topic: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnsmoVllXaROEw1KJWSr7Ow!
WWHR launched …

CSBR at the RRRAP Summit: Rights, Resources and Resilience in Asia Pacific
November 17, 2017 – 7:01 am | Comments Off on CSBR at the RRRAP Summit: Rights, Resources and Resilience in Asia Pacific
CSBR at the RRRAP Summit: Rights, Resources and Resilience in Asia Pacific

CSBR was at the Rights, Resources and Resilience in Asia Pacific (RRRAP) Summit,  hosted by APCOM in Bangkok from 13-15 November 2017.  The RRRAP Summit was an opportunity to reflect on the gains and shifts …

Stress management, burnout prevention, and self-care – Reflections from Nazariya, a Queer Feminist Resource Group | ODOS2017
November 9, 2017 – 2:00 pm | Comments Off on Stress management, burnout prevention, and self-care – Reflections from Nazariya, a Queer Feminist Resource Group | ODOS2017
Stress management, burnout prevention, and self-care – Reflections from Nazariya, a Queer Feminist Resource Group | ODOS2017

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9 November 2017
 
Reflections on Stress Management, Burnout Prevention, and Self-Care
Context
Mental illness is a growing area of interest in India, where about 60 million people are estimated to struggle with some form of mental illness.[1] In …

One Day One Struggle 2017 – Bigger & Brighter than ever!
November 8, 2017 – 4:50 pm | Comments Off on One Day One Struggle 2017 – Bigger & Brighter than ever!
One Day One Struggle 2017 – Bigger & Brighter than ever!

Every 9 November communities around the world come together in celebration of sexual and bodily rights as human rights, as part of the One Day One Struggle! campaign (ODOS), coordinated by the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily …

Toppling Walls, Building Bridges: The Rise & Prospects of New Global Feminism
November 7, 2017 – 8:07 am | Comments Off on Toppling Walls, Building Bridges: The Rise & Prospects of New Global Feminism
Toppling Walls, Building Bridges: The Rise & Prospects of New Global Feminism

CSBR is honoured to have been able to connect with our sisters in Turkey, and those from around the world as far as Peru, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Ireland and more–for an important and timely conversation …

Regional Training Workshop on Sexual Rights – Amman, September 2017
November 1, 2017 – 1:19 pm | Comments Off on Regional Training Workshop on Sexual Rights – Amman, September 2017
Regional Training Workshop on Sexual Rights – Amman, September 2017

Through a private donation received in January 2017,  CSBR launched our first Participatory Seed Grant program for our members.
After a round of proposals, a collective review and decision-making process by our members,  the grant went to …

EIPR demands the immediate release of detainees and warns against violations in detention EIPR calls on the media to halt its hate speech and incitement against LGBTQI individuals
October 6, 2017 – 1:55 am | Comments Off on EIPR demands the immediate release of detainees and warns against violations in detention EIPR calls on the media to halt its hate speech and incitement against LGBTQI individuals
EIPR demands the immediate release of detainees and warns against violations in detention EIPR calls on the media to halt its hate speech and incitement against LGBTQI individuals

Press Release
متوفر بالعربية

Wednesday, 4 October, 2017

 
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) condemns the ongoing crackdown targeting LGBTQI individuals, or those perceived to be, that began on September 22 after some audience members at a …

Human rights and freedom of expression in Egypt – trapped between security services and the media
October 4, 2017 – 12:24 pm | Comments Off on Human rights and freedom of expression in Egypt – trapped between security services and the media
Human rights and freedom of expression in Egypt – trapped between security services and the media

Human rights and freedom of expression in Egypt:
Trapped between security services and the media
Following the escalating violent attempts to suppress and divide civil society organizations, restrict their resources, and increase security measures to silence advocates …

“Stories of Faith & Sexuality” – CSBR hosts national level Digital Story Telling Workshop in Indonesia
September 25, 2017 – 1:19 pm | Comments Off on “Stories of Faith & Sexuality” – CSBR hosts national level Digital Story Telling Workshop in Indonesia
“Stories of Faith & Sexuality” – CSBR hosts national level Digital Story Telling Workshop in Indonesia

… and we’re off!
CSBR is partnering with YIFoS (Youth Interfaith Forum on Sexuality), Kampung Halaman and GAYa Nusantara for our first national Digital Storytelling Workshop in Indonesia, running this week from 25 – 29 …