Solidarity Statement on Dekwaneh Abuse
May 3, 2013 – 11:18 am | 4 Comments

Solidarity with Demands for Justice Against the Abuse and Degradation of Non-heteronormative bodies by the Municipality of Dekwaneh, Lebanon
 
People across Lebanon have risen up against the injustice perpetrated by the Municipality of Dekwaneh last Saturday …

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In Solidarity Against India’s “Section 377” – No to the Criminalization of Non-Conforming Genders and Sexualities!
December 17, 2013 – 6:40 pm | One Comment

The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) is deeply disappointed with the December 11 ruling of the Indian Supreme Court reversing the 2009 Delhi High Court verdict that recognized same sex relationships between consenting adults to be outside the purview of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. This section criminalizes sexual acts “against the order of nature,” and has been used in the past to discriminate against those with non-conforming genders and sexualities. In dismissing the premise of the 2009 verdict and declaring it as “legally unsustainable,” the Supreme Court has contributed to the erasure of over two decades of organizing in India for the freedom of sexual and gender expression and protection from harassment and abuse on grounds of sexual difference.

We join our Indian colleagues in protesting the Court’s inability to recognize Section 377 as a colonial vestige that is not reflective of a homegrown culture. As contended in the Court, Section 377 was passed during the colonial period and reflects British values from the Victorian era. The Indian court’s torpor reflects its inability to disengage from colonial prejudices. We also protest the voices that have hailed the judgment as religiously and culturally appropriate. The multiple religious leaders uniting to express their dissent against homosexuality are in fact expressing hegemonic cultural values that surfaced during the colonial period, and are disregarding the role of sexual and gender minorities in shaping their own religions. Moreover, India is a multicultural country where no definition of “Indian” culture can represent the entire populace. India is also a secular country, where it is unconstitutional to allow hegemonies that originate from one or even several religions to shape legal proceedings.

We stand with our Indian colleagues in their continuing struggle against this and other denigrating laws that have been used to criminalize and discriminate against vulnerable communities on the basis of caste, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. Section 377, in declaring “carnal sex against the order of nature” to be unlawful, criminalizes all sexual acts except penile-vaginal penetration, and contrary to the claims made by the Supreme Court, infringes on the rights of large fractions of the Indian population.

We demand that the Indian government discuss Section 377 in the Parliament and in the spirit of inclusiveness promised in the Indian constitution repeal a law that has led to the marginalization and denial of the existence and expression of multiple forms of genders and sexualities.

This statement has been endorsed by the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslims Societies and the following organizations:

- AlQaws, for gender and sexual diversity in Palestinian Society (Palestine)
– GAYa NUSANTARA (Indonesia)
– Women’s Aid Organization (Malaysia)

5th CSBR “One Day, One Struggle”
November 9, 2013 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

November 9 2013 marks the 5th annual celebration of One Day, One Struggle. This time, every year, CSBR member organizations join forces to campaign locally and globally for sexual and bodily rights. Events will be …

Solidarity Statement on Dekwaneh Abuse
May 3, 2013 – 11:18 am | 4 Comments
Solidarity Statement on Dekwaneh Abuse

Solidarity with Demands for Justice Against the Abuse and Degradation of Non-heteronormative bodies by the Municipality of Dekwaneh, Lebanon
 
People across Lebanon have risen up against the injustice perpetrated by the Municipality of Dekwaneh last Saturday …

بيان تضامني ضد الإساءة في الدكوانة
May 3, 2013 – 10:31 am | 5 Comments
بيان تضامني ضد الإساءة في الدكوانة

بيان تضامن مع مطالب العدالة ضد الإساءة والإهانة للأجساد غير النمطية من قبل بلدية الدكوانة، لبنان
لقد احتج العديد من الناس ضد الظلم الذي مارسته بلدية الدكوانة يوم السبت الماضي في ٢٠ نيسان ٢٠١٣. أنطوان شختورة، …

Women’s Rights Activists Welcome UN Agreements on Ending Violence Against Women
March 16, 2013 – 1:39 am | 3 Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2013
Today, the UN Member States resoundingly committed to ending violence against women and girls, including strong agreements on promoting gender equality, women’s empowerment, and ensuring reproductive rights and access to …

بيان من الكتلة العربية المشاركة في أعمال الدورة السابعة و الخمسين للجنة وضع المرأة
March 15, 2013 – 6:10 pm | 13 Comments

نعربُ، نحن، ممثلو الكتلة العربية االمشاركة في أعمال الدورة السابعة و الخمسين للجنة وضع المرأة؛ من افراد و منظمات، عن قلقنا البالغ إزاء دور قيادات بلادنا في المفاوضات المفصلية المتعلقة بقضية العنف ضد النساء و …

A Call from the Arab Caucus at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women
March 14, 2013 – 6:14 am | 8 Comments

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, as represented in the Arab Caucus at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), are deeply concerned with the role of the leadership of our countries in …

One Day, One Struggle: Around the World!
November 4, 2012 – 1:32 pm | 6 Comments
One Day, One Struggle: Around the World!

 
November 9 2012 marks the 4th annual celebration of One Day, One Struggle. This time, every year, CSBR member organizations join forces to campaign locally and globally for sexual and bodily rights. Events will be …

Global Advocates: Family Planning Summit Must Put Women’s Human Rights First
June 20, 2012 – 8:40 am | 7 Comments

Five international organizations urge world leaders to prioritize women’s human rights and comprehensive health care for all women at July summit 
06/19/2012—(PRESS RELEASE) International human rights groups are urging world leaders attending next month’s global Family …

Turkey: Say No to Abortion Ban!
June 7, 2012 – 2:18 pm | 10 Comments

TO THE POLICIES OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE GOVERNMENT OF TURKEY THAT TARGET GENDER EQUALITY, WOMEN’S BODIES, REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS AND SEXUALITY, OUR RESPONSE IS A RESOUNDING “NO!”
We demand that the process to ban abortion …

Kuala Lumpur Call to Action: Asia and the Pacific NGOs Call for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Sustainable Development
May 12, 2012 – 8:24 am | 4 Comments

3rd May 2012; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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More than 120 activists, advocates and representatives from CSOs across movements and generations from 27 countries in Asia and the Pacific who gathered in Kuala Lumpur from 2-4 …