Resource: Rights at Risk – New report from Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs)
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The trend is unmistakable and deeply alarming:

In international human rights spaces, religious fundamentalists are now operating with increased impact, frequency, coordination, resources, and support.
Anti-rights actors are chipping away at the very content and structure of …

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Responding to Rape: Keep it Silent? Break the Silence! (Video)
July 28, 2017 – 4:47 pm | Comments Off on Responding to Rape: Keep it Silent? Break the Silence! (Video)

During this year’s 9th Sexuality Institute in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, we held a 3-hour workshop on the use of Participatory Visual Methods for sexual & bodily rights research.

The workshop focused on “cellphilms”—i.e. the use of cell phones to make short  1 minute films–as a relatively accessible and dynamic tool that can be used by communities to document and advocate for change, particularly on sensitive & often taboo topics such as gender-based violence and trauma.


Exploring Participatory Visual Methods

Prior to the workshop, participants were provided background reading materials and case studies that would ground our opening conversations on some of the theoretical and ethical considerations around using visual methods for qualitative research, especially on gender-based violence.

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Together we considered the advantages or limitations–in terms of accessibility, ease of use, sustainability, autonomy and community ownership–of various forms of information communication technologies (ICTs) that can be used to make films; the benefits of participatory methods in supporting & strengthening communities-led change; and strategic ways to use the outputs/visual products to advocate for social change and policy change.

From there participants dove straight in to a hands-on approach, exploring and practicing the method by creating films during the workshop.

With a dynamic group of over 20 participants from across 16 countries, there were quite a few topics people wanted to work on, including looking at restrictions on women’s sexual autonomy, narratives and conceptions around sexual pleasure, finding a common language on sexual & bodily rights issues.

 

Opening a Conversation on Rape

For one group, the key question was how can we open conversations about accountability, redress and support for survivors of rape?

The workshop proved to be a powerful forum for experience sharing on social responses to rape survivors across country and social contexts, from the level of individual experiences, to community organizing, to policy and law focused advocacy for change.

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Synthesizing the key commonalities and considerations of the small group discussions, participants then collaboratively developed the prompts, storyboard, scripts and narratives of the cellphilms. The films were created using only a cellphone, the space of the workshop, and on the basis of a “no-editing required” / “one shot” take.

 

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The first film, “Keep It Silent???”, documents all too common responses victims & survivors of rape experience when trying to reach out for help, which increase isolation, anxiety, shame, fear and stigma. The second film, “Break the Silence!”, moves the conversation towards proactive steps and possibilities for support.

 

A Resource for Awareness & Advocacy

After the workshop, we screened the films together–creating a forum for feedback and continued discussion about the process, content and opportunities for advocacy.

 

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The two cellphilms that explored social responses to rape generated a lot of discussion amongst the audience.

Many participants affirmed they faced similar challenges to those highlighted in the films: from victim blaming, to the lack of accountability of first responders to treat rape survivors with dignity & respect, to a lack of trust between communities and law enforcement.

The films also introduced the importance of thinking of forms of social support and redress mechanisms beyond criminal law enforcement. Emotional support, psychological support, affirmation of the person’s experience, active listening, and accompaniment on the journey of recovery were all highlighted as perhaps often overlooked part of the conversations around how to respond to sexual assault and rape.

For those in the producing group, members also shared it was the first time they had been able to have a proactive discussion and actually create a narrative about support for survivors–a process that was affirming and cathartic.

The creators share the films here in the hopes they may be a resource for those seeking to have conversations about accountability, redress, and support for survivors of sexual assault and rape.

 

 

Resource: Rights at Risk – New report from Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs)
June 23, 2017 – 12:31 pm | Comments Off on Resource: Rights at Risk – New report from Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs)
Resource: Rights at Risk – New report from Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs)

The trend is unmistakable and deeply alarming:

In international human rights spaces, religious fundamentalists are now operating with increased impact, frequency, coordination, resources, and support.
Anti-rights actors are chipping away at the very content and structure of …

International Coalition Calls for Public Support to End Increasing Persecution of LGBT People in Indonesia
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International Coalition Calls for Public Support to End Increasing Persecution of LGBT People in Indonesia

The undersigned organisations and individuals (35 in total) support the following statement:
We appeal to the people of Indonesia and our friends and supporters around the world to help protect the rights and health of all …

التسجيل للورشة الاقليمية حول جنسانية الفرد والأسرة
May 23, 2017 – 4:03 am | Comments Off on التسجيل للورشة الاقليمية حول جنسانية الفرد والأسرة
التسجيل للورشة الاقليمية حول جنسانية الفرد والأسرة

التسجيل للورشة الاقليمية حول جنسانية الفرد والأسرة
يسرنا في منتدى الجنسانية أن نعلن عن فتح باب التسجيل للورشة التدريبية حول جنسانية الفرد والأسرة، والتي نسعى من خلالها إلى خلق “مجموعة عمل” مهنية تتبادل فيما بينها الخبرات …

Resource: FDI Legal Analysis of Transgender Persons Protection Bill 2017
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Resource: FDI Legal Analysis of Transgender Persons Protection Bill 2017

Forum for Dignity Initiatives-FDI is a research and advocacy forum working for the human rights of most marginalized groups both gender and sexual minorities in Pakistan. FDI is closely working at policy level evidence based …

Resource: Sariyani | Kapal Perempuan | (video)
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Resource: Sariyani | Kapal Perempuan | (video)

As part of ODOS 2016, Kapal Perempuan developed a video campaign, documenting the re-thinking on gender & sexual norms, and the deepening appreciation of human rights, as experienced by graduates of their Sekolah Perempuan (Women’s …

Reclaiming the Universality of Rights @ CSW61 (video)
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Reclaiming the Universality of Rights @ CSW61 (video)

CSBR joined co-working group members of the Observatory on the Universality of Rights for a CSW61 event on “Reclaiming the Universality of Rights: Gender, Economic Justice and Anti-Rights Threats”.

About: Rising (mis)use of religion, culture, tradition, …

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

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 …

Creeping Criminalisation: Mapping of Indonesia’s National Laws And Regional Regulations That Violate Human Rights of Women and LGBTIQ People
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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
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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 …

ODOS 2016: Holding State Actors to Account in Indonesia – GAYa NUSANTARA screens CALALAI: In-Betweenness
November 8, 2016 – 9:05 am | Comments Off on ODOS 2016: Holding State Actors to Account in Indonesia – GAYa NUSANTARA screens CALALAI: In-Betweenness

For One Day One Struggle 2016, GAYa NUSANTARA is hosting a film screening and discussion on the documentary CALALAI: In-Betweenness. The documentary was produced by the Ardhanary Institute in 2015, and explores historical and contemporary …