Apply for the 9th CSBR Sexuality Institute! Deadline 12 March 2017
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Applications Open!
Deadline for submissions:
12 March 2017

 
The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) is pleased to announce our Call for Applications for the 9th CSBR Sexuality Institute, to be held from 30 June – 7 …

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No Borders on Gender Justice
March 20, 2017 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

Letter to the Members of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

United Nations Economic and Social Council
The Commission on the Status of Women

6 March 2017

Dear Members of the UN Commission on the Status of Women,

We the undersigned organizations write to express our deep concerns about the latest restrictions on civil society participation at the 2017 UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meetings. This year’s CSW is taking place under the shadow of the United States’ escalated anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, and anti-Muslim policies, which are preventing some women from exercising their right to political participation at UN Headquarters in New York. The policies represent the latest in a long history of restrictive migration, refugee and asylum measures that subject women and their families to hate crimes, detention, deportation and family separation, while undermining core universal human rights regarding migrant and refugee rights, and worker protections. These circumstances emphasize the urgent need for women facing multiple discriminations to be at the center of conversations on human rights at CSW.

These restrictions on civil society participation are part of a much broader threat, not only to CSW, but also to the very foundations of multi-lateral cooperation, the rule of law and human rights. Governments across all continents have adopted laws and policies curtailing civil society participation in democratic spaces, making international space an even more critical site for civil society to confront and hold governments accountable. Civil society access to these spaces is necessary for the advancement of all human rights, including rights that ensure women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. It is also necessary for the work of the UN. The new UN Secretary General, António Guterres, has affirmed that “civil society is a key instrument for the success of today’s UN,” and that “dialogue and cooperation with civil society will…be a central aspect of the activities of the UN in the next few years.” For that to happen, civil society needs access to the UN, without discrimination on the basis of nationality, religion, income, migration status, or any other factor.

The latest obstacles to civil society participation at New York’s UN Headquarters will likely extend beyond this year’s CSW. Access to future CSW sessions, and to all UN decision-making spaces, including the Security Council and General Assembly, is also threatened. Year round, women and other gender justice advocates participate in critical convenings at UN Headquarters, including during the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in May, the Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security in October, negotiations for a new Global Compact on Refugees and a Global Compact on migration, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and LGBTIQ advocacy week in December. It is in New York that civil society advocates from across the globe engage with the world’s governments in order to shape national and international priorities.

Maintaining access for civil society, particularly women’s human rights defenders, to UN decision-making spaces is essential to the empowerment of women as envisioned in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the gender-responsive realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To this end, we respectfully request the Commission add the following paragraph to the draft Agreed Conclusions for CSW’s 61st session, calling on governments to remove all barriers that directly and indirectly inhibit women’s full, equal, and effective participation in decision-making at all levels:

The Commission calls upon Governments to support civil society access to the CSW and all UN decision-making spaces, recognizing that meaningful civil society participation is critical for increasing protections and advancements for women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.

We urge the Commission to call on governments to reverse the shrinking of civil society space at the United Nations during the CSW Ministerial segment and General discussion, so that we may fully contribute to the work of the Commission towards women’s human rights and gender equality, including the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Sincerely,

MADRE

Just Associates (JASS)

Center for Women’s Global Leadership

Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)

Urgent Action Fund

Women in Migration Network (WIMN)

Outright Action International

Global Justice Center

Amnesty International

Refugees International

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security

Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI)

International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)

Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)

Women’s Intercultural Network (WIN)

Gender at Work

Alianza por la Solidaridad

Women Thrive Alliance

World Federalist Movement-Insititute for Global Policy

Men Engage Alliance

Widows for Peace through Democracy (WPD)

SecurityWomen

Womankind Worldwide

Gender & Development Network

Women Peacemakers Program (WPP)

Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF), International

FEMUM-ALC latinamerican network of Women&Municipalities

Feminist Task Force

Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)

The Judith Trust

Uganda Youth Alliance For Family Planning And Adolescents Health –UYAFPAH

LatinoJustice PRLDEF

The Women’s Studies Center (CEM)

Free Women Writers

Iranian Circle of Women’s Intercultural Network (ICWIN)

Grupo Para o desenvolvimento da Mulher e Rapariga- (GDMR)

Muslims for Progressive Values Nederland

Sudanese Women Human Rights Defenders Project

FEMNET

Asia Safe Abortion Partnership

International Womens’ Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific

International Planned Parenthood Federation – Western Hemisphere Region

FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development

MYSU Mujer y Salud En Uruguay

International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations

Regions Refocus

RFSL – Swedish Federation for LGBTQ Rights

Akina Mama Wa Afrika

COC Nederland

Worker’s Information Center

Human Rights & Gender Justice Clinic, City University of New York Law School

Republika Libre

Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indigenas – FIMI / International Indigenous Women Forum

Enlace Continental de Mujeres Indígenas de las Américas – ECMIA

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR)

Tunisian Association of Democratic Women (ATFD)

Khadija Arfaoui, TUNISIA

Tharwa n’fadhma n’soumer

Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR)

GAYa Nusantara

PILIPINA Legal Resources Center

Southeast Indigenous Peoples’ Center

PEN International

Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR)

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To add your organization’s name to this letter, email csw61advocacy@madre.org.

Creeping Criminalisation: Mapping of Indonesia’s National Laws And Regional Regulations That Violate Human Rights of Women and LGBTIQ People
February 6, 2017 – 1:41 pm | Comments Off on Creeping Criminalisation: Mapping of Indonesia’s National Laws And Regional Regulations That Violate Human Rights of Women and LGBTIQ People
Creeping Criminalisation: Mapping of Indonesia’s National Laws And Regional Regulations That Violate Human Rights of Women and LGBTIQ People

“Creeping Criminalisation” is a timely new resource from OutRight International, co-written by CSBR Member Nursyahbani Katjasungkana.  The report maps national laws & regional regulations that violate the human rights of women and LGBTIQ people across …

Apply for the 9th CSBR Sexuality Institute! Deadline 12 March 2017
January 30, 2017 – 2:35 pm | Comments Off on Apply for the 9th CSBR Sexuality Institute! Deadline 12 March 2017
Apply for the 9th CSBR Sexuality Institute! Deadline 12 March 2017

Applications Open!
Deadline for submissions:
12 March 2017

 
The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) is pleased to announce our Call for Applications for the 9th CSBR Sexuality Institute, to be held from 30 June – 7 …

Resource: Musawah Knowledge Building Briefs
January 12, 2017 – 12:56 pm | Comments Off on Resource: Musawah Knowledge Building Briefs
Resource: Musawah Knowledge Building Briefs

Musawah has released two Knowledge Building Briefs that provide advocates with an accessible understanding of key concepts and ideas related to the Muslim legal tradition and family laws.

Issue One clears up confusion between Shari’ah, Fiqh …

Feminism & Women’s Rights In Turkey: An Interview With Denise Nanni
December 28, 2016 – 12:28 pm | Comments Off on Feminism & Women’s Rights In Turkey: An Interview With Denise Nanni
Feminism & Women’s Rights In Turkey: An Interview With Denise Nanni

 

File: Pro-Palestinian Turks rally against Israel’s ground operation in Gaza Strip, outside the residence of Israeli ambassador in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, July 20, 2014.

In 2014, Denise Nanni wrote a thesis at the Faculty of Political …

8 Years Running: Celebrating the One Day One Struggle Campaign
November 8, 2016 – 9:34 pm | Comments Off on 8 Years Running: Celebrating the One Day One Struggle Campaign
8 Years Running: Celebrating the One Day One Struggle Campaign

9 November 2016 marks the 8th year of the One Day One Struggle campaign, organized by the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR).
Each year, One Day One Struggle engages hundreds of …

ODOS 2016: Nazra for Feminist Studies hosts “My Own Body” – a discussion on Bodily Integrity & Autonomy
November 8, 2016 – 6:55 pm | Comments Off on ODOS 2016: Nazra for Feminist Studies hosts “My Own Body” – a discussion on Bodily Integrity & Autonomy
ODOS 2016: Nazra for Feminist Studies hosts “My Own Body” – a discussion on Bodily Integrity & Autonomy

For One Day One Struggle 2016, Nazra for Feminist Studies is hosting “My Own Body”, a public discussion to raise the question of women’s bodily autonomy and integrity through a feminist analytical lens. The event …

ODOS 2016: Towards a Gender Equality Act in Malaysia – Women’s Aid Organisation
November 8, 2016 – 5:38 pm | Comments Off on ODOS 2016: Towards a Gender Equality Act in Malaysia – Women’s Aid Organisation
ODOS 2016: Towards a Gender Equality Act in Malaysia – Women’s Aid Organisation

For One Day One Struggle 2016, Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) is raising awareness to end discrimination against women in the work force, with a particular focus on ‘pregnancy discrimination’. The mobilization is part of a …

ODOS 2016: Towards Ending Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Discrimination in the Philippines
November 8, 2016 – 3:18 pm | Comments Off on ODOS 2016: Towards Ending Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Discrimination in the Philippines
ODOS 2016: Towards Ending Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Discrimination in the Philippines

For One Day One Struggle 2016, PILIPINA Legal Resources Centre (PLRC) is taking forward advocacy for policy reform that ensures non-discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the Philippines. This marks the 3rd …

ODOS 2016 – Muntada’s Photovoice Portraits: Strength, Multiplicity and Resilience
November 8, 2016 – 2:42 pm | Comments Off on ODOS 2016 – Muntada’s Photovoice Portraits: Strength, Multiplicity and Resilience
ODOS 2016 – Muntada’s Photovoice Portraits: Strength, Multiplicity and Resilience

As part of One Day One Struggle 2016, MUNTADA is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with an evening of discussions and photography exhibits from their pioneering work using the participatory action research method of photovoice to …

ODOS 2016: EIPR submits open letter to WHO urging change of the Arabic definition of female circumcision/FGC/ FGM on its website to correspond with English and French definitions
November 8, 2016 – 1:45 pm | Comments Off on ODOS 2016: EIPR submits open letter to WHO urging change of the Arabic definition of female circumcision/FGC/ FGM on its website to correspond with English and French definitions
ODOS 2016: EIPR submits open letter to WHO urging change of the Arabic definition of female circumcision/FGC/ FGM on its website to correspond with English and French definitions

To mark the One Day, One Struggle campaign, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights submitted an open letter to the World Health Organization’s high-level Working Group for the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children …

Un Jour Un Combat, Contre Le harcèlement sexuel en Tunisie!
November 7, 2016 – 6:42 pm | Comments Off on Un Jour Un Combat, Contre Le harcèlement sexuel en Tunisie!
Un Jour Un Combat, Contre Le harcèlement sexuel en Tunisie!

For One Day One Struggle 2016, l’Association Tunisienne des Femmes Democrates (ATFD), Chouf, Mawjoudin, Waafi, and Shams, are continuing the campaign  to raise visibility and awareness on street sexual harassment.

via GIPHY
This year the campaign expanded …

ODOS 2016: VISION holds Street Theatre Performances on Sexual and Bodily Rights of Hijras in Pakistan
November 7, 2016 – 5:27 pm | Comments Off on ODOS 2016: VISION holds Street Theatre Performances on Sexual and Bodily Rights of Hijras in Pakistan
ODOS 2016: VISION holds Street Theatre Performances on Sexual and Bodily Rights of Hijras in Pakistan

For One Day One Struggle 2016, VISION will be hosting a street theatre performance on the sexual and bodily rights of hijras in Pakistan.
Previously held in 5 different areas, these performances were the culmination of …

More Than 70 Organisations Come Together To Support Maria Chin Abdullah
November 4, 2016 – 10:46 am | Comments Off on More Than 70 Organisations Come Together To Support Maria Chin Abdullah
More Than 70 Organisations Come Together To Support Maria Chin Abdullah

CSBR joins 70+ organizations calling on the Malaysian government to immediately investigate death threats against Malaysian human rights defender Maria Chin Abdullah. Read the press release from APWLD below.

*Demand immediate investigation of the death …

Nazra for Feminist Studies, Egypt, joins CSBR!
October 20, 2016 – 3:57 pm | Comments Off on Nazra for Feminist Studies, Egypt, joins CSBR!
Nazra for Feminist Studies, Egypt, joins CSBR!

We are so pleased to welcome Nazra for Feminist Studies as the newest member of the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies!
Nazra is a leading Egyptian civil society organization, who have most …

Response to the UN Women’s call on: “Consultation seeking views on UN Women approach to sex work, the sex trade and prostitution”
October 17, 2016 – 9:10 am | Comments Off on Response to the UN Women’s call on: “Consultation seeking views on UN Women approach to sex work, the sex trade and prostitution”

CSBR is one of 190 national, regional and international sex workers’ rights, women’s rights and human rights organizations/networks who submitted a joint response to UN Women’s Call for “Consultation seeking views on UN Women approach …

What’s behind Indonesian authorities’ desire to control LGBT sexuality?
October 10, 2016 – 12:40 pm | Comments Off on What’s behind Indonesian authorities’ desire to control LGBT sexuality?
What’s behind Indonesian authorities’ desire to control LGBT sexuality?

Indonesia’s LGBT community has been weathering “unprecedented attacks” through hateful public comments by top public officials since early this year.
But the biggest threat yet has come recently in a legal move by a conservative group, the Family Love …

Holding governments to account for the sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights of women and girls around the world
September 25, 2016 – 9:28 am | Comments Off on Holding governments to account for the sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights of women and girls around the world
Holding governments to account for the sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights of women and girls around the world

On the occasion of the 1st Anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), CSBR joined 60+ organizations and International Planned Parenthood Federation in writing to the UN General Assembly President and UN …

CSBR at the AWID Forum 2016!
September 4, 2016 – 10:00 pm | Comments Off on CSBR at the AWID Forum 2016!
CSBR at the AWID Forum 2016!

 
is GOING TO the AWID Forum!

 
Will you be attending the AWID Forum on Feminist Futures: Building Collective Power for Rights & Justice this week?
If so, come say hello!

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The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in …