Statement on the Resolution on the Protection of the Family at the UN Human Rights Council, 29th Session, Geneva
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In July 2015, Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW) delivered a Statement on the Resolution on the Protection of the Family at the UN Human Rights Council, 29th Session, Geneva.
ARROW’s statement, endorsed by 58 organizations …

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights in Iran: Analysis from Religious, Social, Legal and Cultural Perspectives
July 20, 2015 – 2:22 am | Comments Off on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights in Iran: Analysis from Religious, Social, Legal and Cultural Perspectives

(NEW YORK) – On Tuesday, July 14, the International Gay and Lesbian LGBTRightsInIran-1Human Rights
Commission (IGLHRC) releases a collection of eight articles that offer innovative and provocative approaches to advance acceptance and improve understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of Iran. With contributions from prominent international activists, lawyers and scholars from IGLHRC’s second conference held in Düsseldorf, Germany in 2014, the collection, “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights in Iran: Analysis from Religious, Social, Legal and Cultural Perspectives,” examines human rights for LGBT Iranians from legal, religious and socio-political perspectives, analyses and interpretations.

The publication includes a selection of the proceedings from the 2014 conference and is available in both English and Persian.

“This publication demonstrates the incredibly dynamic and layered approach of LGBT rights defenders in Iran,” said Jessica Stern, IGLHRC’s executive director. “We believe the wealth of information provided will raise new possibilities for Iranian LGBT activists and allies and provide a better understanding of the ongoing struggles of the community for those working in international solidarity.”

Among those who contributed to the publication are attorneys Mehrangiz Kar, Hossein Raeesi, and Mehri Jafari, who wrote legal papers about LGBT rights in Iran. Drs. Arash Naraghi and Mehrdad Alipour, both scholars, provided in-depth analyses of Islam and homosexuality. Rights activist Zeynab Alsadat Peyghambarzadeh and attorney Mani Mostofi presented papers that address the socio-political conditions for the Iranian LGBT community.

Mehrangiz Kar, a prominent Iranian lawyer and a human rights activist who attended the conference, said: “In the Dusseldorf gathering, we explored different aspects of sexual non-conformity. Through exchanging ideas from philosophical, religious, cultural, and human rights perspectives, we demonstrated that same-sex relationships existed as long as history can remember, although in recent years this subject has entered into policy-making and the theoretical sphere.”

Since 2012, IGLHRC’s Iran program has developed resources in Persian to help the LGBT community in Iran and their allies to advocate for basic rights and to promote greater understanding about sexual orientation and gender identity.

Dusseldorf2015“IGLHRC’s latest publication is a great addition to the growing number of Iran-related resources that we have developed over the past few years both in Persian and English,” said Hossein Alizadeh, IGLHRC’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, “IGLHRC’s publications in Persian are meant to counter the widespread censorship by the Iranian government on sexual orientation and same-sex relations. Our resources in Persian cover a wide variety of issues, from media training on LGBT rights for Iranian broadcasters to legal analysis for lawyers defending clients charged with same-sex activities.”

IGLHRC’s conference in Germany was hailed by participants as a significant opportunity to advance rights in Iran. “It has been a wonderful and very beneficial conference for me,” said Mehri Jafari, an Iranian-British lawyer and a long-time advocate for LGBT rights in Iran. “The chance to expose different ideas and research directions among experts was unique and highly valuable.”

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The Road from Antipinkwashing Activism to the Decolonization of Palestine
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The Road from Antipinkwashing Activism to the Decolonization of Palestine

The Road from Antipinkwashing Activism to the Decolonization of Palestine
by: Lynn Darwich, Haneen Maikey

In lieu of an abstract, here is an excerpt from the text: 

The Combahee River Collective Statement (1977) articulates a firm stand against …

Sufi Narratives of Intimacy: Ibn ‘Arabī, Gender, and Sexuality
July 9, 2015 – 10:21 am | Comments Off on Sufi Narratives of Intimacy: Ibn ‘Arabī, Gender, and Sexuality
Sufi Narratives of Intimacy: Ibn ‘Arabī, Gender, and Sexuality

Thirteenth-century Sufi poet, mystic, and legal scholar Muhyi al-Din ibn al-‘Arabi gave deep and sustained attention to gender as integral to questions of human existence and moral personhood.
Reading his works through a critical feminist lens, …

Policing Sexuality: Sex, Society and the State
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Policing Sexuality: Sex, Society and the State

Policing Sexuality takes a look at the question of why and how states impose restrictions on the sexual and gender expressions and identities of their citizens. Author Julien C. H. Lee was first drawn to …

Statement on the Resolution on the Protection of the Family at the UN Human Rights Council, 29th Session, Geneva
July 7, 2015 – 11:01 pm | Comments Off on Statement on the Resolution on the Protection of the Family at the UN Human Rights Council, 29th Session, Geneva
Statement on the Resolution on the Protection of the Family at the UN Human Rights Council, 29th Session, Geneva

In July 2015, Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW) delivered a Statement on the Resolution on the Protection of the Family at the UN Human Rights Council, 29th Session, Geneva.
ARROW’s statement, endorsed by 58 organizations …

UN Human Rights Council adopts Resolution to end child, early and forced marriage
July 6, 2015 – 5:29 am | Comments Off on UN Human Rights Council adopts Resolution to end child, early and forced marriage
UN Human Rights Council adopts Resolution to end child, early and forced marriage

Credit: UN/Jean-Marc Ferre
On Thursday 2 July, the United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously adopted a resolution co-sponsored by over 85 States to strengthen efforts to prevent and eliminate child, early and forced marriage, a practice …

Why I Painted a Rainbow Flag on Israel’s Apartheid Wall
July 3, 2015 – 10:10 am | Comments Off on Why I Painted a Rainbow Flag on Israel’s Apartheid Wall
Why I Painted a Rainbow Flag on Israel’s Apartheid Wall

Khaled Jarrar’s rainbow mural “Through the Spectrum” painted on the Israeli separation wall near Qalandiya checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. (Khaled Jarrar)
Earlier this week, I painted a section of the Israeli apartheid wall near …

In the Land Where Everyone’s God: Interview with Musdah Mulia
July 2, 2015 – 11:10 am | Comments Off on In the Land Where Everyone’s God: Interview with Musdah Mulia
In the Land Where Everyone’s God: Interview with Musdah Mulia

Professor Siti Musdah Mulia has taken part in many CSBR activities, including teaching at our Sexuality Institutes. Here’s an interview with her from August 2014, where she shares views on religious conservatism in Indonesia and the importance …

Milestones for the LGBTI Movement in Indonesia
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Milestones for the LGBTI Movement in Indonesia

The Jakarta Post recently featured a list of milestones of the LGBTI movement in Indonesia, which included the founding of CSBR member and current coordinating office Gaya Nusantara! Read the article below.

Milestones for the LGBT Movement in Indonesia
Indonesia’s …

Response to Illegal block of Istanbul Pride 2015
June 29, 2015 – 6:34 pm | Comments Off on Response to Illegal block of Istanbul Pride 2015
Response to Illegal block of Istanbul Pride 2015

The Istanbul LGBTI Pride Parade has been held for thirteen years. Yet this year the Istanbul Governor’s Office blocked the parade, citing the fact that it coincided with Ramadan. The use of Ramadan, the Islamic …

Resistance in the face of police violence at Istanbul Pride 2015
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Resistance in the face of police violence at Istanbul Pride 2015

Police attacked the LGBTI Pride Parade with water cannon and tear gas to disperse the participants at Istanbul Pride on Sunday 28 June 2015.

The participants as well as journalists were exposed to violence, the disproportionate use …

Response to the Zero-Draft of the Outcome Document of the Post-2015 Summit
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Response to the Zero-Draft of the Outcome Document of the Post-2015 Summit

During the 20-24 June 2015 intergovernmental negotiations, ARROW submitted a detailed response to the zero-draft of the Outcome Document of the Post-2015 Summit. The response was supported by 116 women’s groups and allied civil society …

Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) Melancarkan Laporan Keganasan Rumah Tangga 2015 dan Kempen Kesedaran Awam, “Bolehkah Anda Simpan Rahsia?”
June 23, 2015 – 7:48 pm | Comments Off on Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) Melancarkan Laporan Keganasan Rumah Tangga 2015 dan Kempen Kesedaran Awam, “Bolehkah Anda Simpan Rahsia?”
Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) Melancarkan Laporan Keganasan Rumah Tangga 2015 dan Kempen Kesedaran Awam, “Bolehkah Anda Simpan Rahsia?”

Kuala Lumpur, 23 Jun 2015 – Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) melancarkan laporan tahunan bertajuk “Berganding Bahu: Kajian Kes dalam Respons Keganasan Rumah Tangga, Laporan 2015”, sekaligus melancarkan pameran seni seramik bertajuk “Bolehkah Anda Simpan Rahsia?” …

WAO Reveals 2015 Domestic Violence Report & Launches Public Education Campaign “Can You Keep A Secret?”
June 23, 2015 – 7:45 pm | Comments Off on WAO Reveals 2015 Domestic Violence Report & Launches Public Education Campaign “Can You Keep A Secret?”
WAO Reveals 2015 Domestic Violence Report & Launches Public Education Campaign “Can You Keep A Secret?”

Kuala Lumpur, 23 June 2015 – Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) revealed their annual “Working Together: Case Studies in Domestic Violence Response, 2015 Report”, simultaneously launching their public education campaign with a ceramic art installation entitled, “Can …

LGBTI People Gain Ground on Rights Advocacy in Turkish Parliamentary Elections
June 11, 2015 – 10:33 am | Comments Off on LGBTI People Gain Ground on Rights Advocacy in Turkish Parliamentary Elections
LGBTI People Gain Ground on Rights Advocacy in Turkish Parliamentary Elections

June 10, 2015 (New York)- The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) welcomes the results of the June 7 parliamentary election in Turkey, which has seated an unprecedented 22 outspoken advocates for lesbian, …

Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition
June 7, 2015 – 9:38 am | Comments Off on Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition
Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition

In April 2015, MUSAWAH–the global movement for equality in the Muslim family–launched an exciting new book which “shows that the assumption that God gave men authority over women is a theological fiction that became a …

KOHL – A Journal for Body and Gender Research, Vol. 1
June 6, 2015 – 8:24 am | Comments Off on KOHL – A Journal for Body and Gender Research, Vol. 1
KOHL – A Journal for Body and Gender Research, Vol. 1

 
The first volume of Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research كحل: مجلة لأبحاث الجسد و الجندر is available in English here. Arabic version coming soon.

About Kohl:  Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research …

Ensuring Women and Girls’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in the Post-2015 Agenda
June 5, 2015 – 3:14 pm | Comments Off on Ensuring Women and Girls’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in the Post-2015 Agenda
Ensuring Women and Girls’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in the Post-2015 Agenda

This 28 May 2015, on the international day for action on women’s health, the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WNGRR) and partners launched a Call to Action to ensure that women and girls’ sexual and reproductive …

WLUML condemns the harassment of Sri Lankan activist Sharmila Seyyid
June 3, 2015 – 6:41 am | Comments Off on WLUML condemns the harassment of Sri Lankan activist Sharmila Seyyid
WLUML condemns the harassment of Sri Lankan activist Sharmila Seyyid

Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) condemns the backlash faced by Sri Lankan Human Rights Defender, Sharmila Seyyid, and calls for her security and freedom to be guaranteed.
In November 2012, Ms. Sharmia Seyyid stated during …