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

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), …

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Hope without Fear amidst Suffering with HOPE (Have Only Positive Expectations)
November 9, 2018 – 5:35 am | Comments Off on Hope without Fear amidst Suffering with HOPE (Have Only Positive Expectations)

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The situation of LBQT people in Pakistan is complex, as most of them face fundamental survival challenges. HOPE is one of those very few non-profit organizations which are providing safe spaces to sexual and gender minorities for socialization. Currently, HOPE is working on building a sense of community through mini get-togethers in a private household, which will allow community members to feel psychologically at ease by sharing their struggles and traumatic experiences with one another. Moreover, in these get-togethers HOPE also plans to hold various fun activities, for example, gaming, watching movies etc. which will further add to the positive psychological effect.

The idea of advancement of psychological health within community brings to the second most important point—which is, taking necessary steps for the treatment of mental health issues directly. HOPE are living in a society where it is difficult to find medical service provider who are even sympathetic to the situation of LBQT people. But from own experiences in transitioning, and through some other relevant connections, HOPE have finally come up with a list of reliable private doctors (including psychiatrists and psychologists) who are friendly and sympathetic to our situation.

HOPE also intends to provide emergency funds to those members of the community who, for example, do not have money to access government or private health care services. It is important to note here that the reason why most of the transgender people do not afford private healthcare services is because they are dysphoric and hence jobless. Their dysphoria, mainly, results from the fact that whatever society deems as normal is all imposed on them. This includes the requirement of dressing in feminine or masculine clothes, non-provision of resources to finish education, restriction on mobility, coercion into early marriages etc. Under these conditions, providing them with emergency funds, short-term shelter or a safe space and a livelihood (by hiring them) is a form of activity in itself.  In short, HOPE wants to provide LBTQ people with a healthy lifestyle—leading to self-acceptance and eventually self-confidence. It wants to provide transgender persons with maximum choices they can pick out of in terms of their physical transition. Moreover, it also aims to provide psychological support to lesbians, bisexual and queer individuals.

At government level, HOPE—the members of HOPE—have been part of The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2018. HOPE have been part of meetings held for the drafting of the Act in order to highlight the presence and struggles of transgender men in a country where transgender women are very vocal about their rights unlike transgender men who have remained nearly invisible in the public domain, perhaps because of the fears of female body that society instills into them. The purpose of our efforts had been provision of basic human rights to transgender men in particular and lesbians, queer and bisexual women in general.

In sum, HOPE strongly believes in creating safer spaces for gender and sexual minorities which is extremely important in Pakistan. Our situation constantly reminds us of the fact that HOPE live in a third world country with immense security challenges faced especially by lesbians, bisexual and queer women and transgender people. Hence, it is important to create a safe space for them where they can discuss their issues and socialize in peace. A safe space will not only be of great use to the community activity but will also work as an emergency shelter to the people who are in vulnerable situation and need a place for short stay. Moreover, it will add to the psychological health of the community by providing essential tools to help its people cope with their situation.

Art therapy, Communities of Care, Safe & Accessible SRHR, Self-Defense and ending Bullying–One Day One Struggle 2018 kicks off!
November 8, 2018 – 7:08 am | Comments Off on Art therapy, Communities of Care, Safe & Accessible SRHR, Self-Defense and ending Bullying–One Day One Struggle 2018 kicks off!
Art therapy, Communities of Care, Safe & Accessible SRHR, Self-Defense and ending Bullying–One Day One Struggle 2018 kicks off!

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 …

Statement: Feminists for A Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations
October 17, 2018 – 4:46 am | Comments Off on Statement: Feminists for A Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations
Statement: Feminists for A Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations

CSBR joins over 230 feminist organizations and networks in calling for a binding treaty on transnational corporations. See the statement below. Sign onto the statement here: http://bit.ly/F4BTStatement

 

We the undersigned feminists, women’s rights groups and civil …

Letter to President Essebsi of Tunisia
October 5, 2018 – 5:54 am | Comments Off on Letter to President Essebsi of Tunisia
Letter to President Essebsi of Tunisia

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

 

6 September 2018
 
Your Excellency Mr. Beji Caid Essebsi President of the …

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 …

Affirming UN Agencies Positions on Sex Work
March 22, 2018 – 6:48 am | Comments Off on Affirming UN Agencies Positions on Sex Work
Affirming UN Agencies Positions on Sex Work

At the start of CSW 62, CSBR joined over 230 organizations from across the world to call on the UNSG to reaffirm support for UN Agencies’ long-standing position on sex work, which has been developed with …

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
December 10, 2017 – 5:45 am | Comments Off on LBTQ Caucus Statement – 8 December 2017 – Phnom Penh
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 …