Webinar: Resist fundamentalisms and fascisms in Asia-Pacific
January 29, 2019 – 6:40 am | Comments Off on Webinar: Resist fundamentalisms and fascisms in Asia-Pacific

Four activists from Asia Pacific share their analysis of the advances of fundamentalist and fascist forces across the region. Listen to the audio below:

 
This discussion addresses the following questions:

How are anti-rights forces operating in Asia-Pacific? …

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Tajassodat: Conversations to Advance Trans Rights and Justice in Muslim Societies
March 4, 2019 – 5:18 am | Comments Off on Tajassodat: Conversations to Advance Trans Rights and Justice in Muslim Societies
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Applications are open Tajassodat: Conversations to Advance Trans Rights and Justice in Muslim Societies (26-30 May 2019), which is a joint program by Qorras and CSBR.

The call is open to transgender & non-binary people living and organizing across the MENA and SSEA regions. Please see full details below, and please do share the call with your networks.

 

Application link: Call for Collaborators-Tajassodat

Deadline to apply: 20 March 2019 (23:59 IST)

 

Please email the Tajassodat team if you have any questions: tajassodat@gmail.com

 


 

ABOUT TAJASSODAT

Tajassodat is a 5-day strategic convening set to take place on 26 to 30 May 2019, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The goal of the convening is to create the space for trans activists from the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) and South Asia & Southeast Asia (SSEA), to come together and strategize around trans experiences and needs, strategies for proactive networking, resource development and mobilization in support of trans led organizing, and joint-collaborations amongst trans activists and their allies to advance trans rights and justice.

We aim to bring together 25 collaborators, from Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Algeria, Morocco, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Gulf Countries, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and India.

 

BACKGROUND

Who is organizing Tajassodat?

 Tajassodat is a collaborative initiative launched by Qorras and the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR), supported by HIVOS and Astraea Foundation.

Qorras aims to work on knowledge relating to the issues of gender and sexuality in the MENA region. Qorras focuses on collecting, producing, and disseminating crucial knowledge in the broader sense of the word, all other approaches come to feed this main goal. While acknowledging that the work Qorras does is mostly inspired and based in a more Levantine, Lebanese context.

CSBR is an international solidarity network of over 30 member organizations across 16 countries in MENA, SSEA and Central Asia. CSBR supports the integration of a holistic approach to sexual and bodily rights as human rights across Muslim societies, through feminist knowledge building, strategic convenings, and activist capacity building.

In December 2018, the Steering Committee driving the process of Tajassodat, and made up of 6 activists working to advance trans rights across the regions, through various routes of community organizing, human rights advocacy, and legislative policy at national and international levels, came together.

The Steering Committee Members: Iyan Hyadi (Palestine), Maya Zaman (Pakistan), Rebecca Nyuei (Indonesia), Satya Rai Nagpaul (India), Elisabeth Strandberg (Algeria/Sweden), Zakaria Nasser (Lebanon)

 

What can we expect from the meeting?

General Method

The convening will take place over five days, exploring the three core themes of (a) Personal embodiments, health & well being; (b) Language, culture & histories; and (c) Legal human rights advocacy & trans movement building.

In the first three days, collaborators will create the space to share personal experiences and contextual histories on trans organizing; map out common trends and obstacles across national contexts, as well as unique opportunities for advocacy; The way trans activists build understanding & solidarity to advance human rights, will also be documented.

In the last two days, these reflections will be shaped into a collective visual zine, documenting collaborators’ experiences on bodily autonomy, self-determination and community organizing. We will also explore networking & solidarity questions with allies, to strategize around greater support and resources for trans led organizing across the regions.

 

Expected Outcomes

The expected outcomes are:

  • a collectively made publication, documenting trans lived experiences and the conversations from the meeting;
  • a stronger network of activists connecting their human rights work across the MENA & SSEA regions, and the wider global South;
  • practical follow-up steps and priority strategies to support community level change at home.

 

Language of Participation: The primary language of the convening will be English.

Who Can Participate?

Call for Collaborators

We are sharing an open call for collaborators who want to come together and co-create the space with us. The call for participation is open to transgender and non binary individuals with experiences in the medical and legal systems; artists, writers, organizers, workers focused on community support; as well as individuals who have experience with community outreach, networking, and physical and online security.

 

Individuals should be living or organizing across the MENA and SSEA regions. This includes: Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Algeria, Morocco, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Gulf Countries, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and India.

 


APPLY NOW


Please apply using this link. The information will be kept confidential. 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Applications should be submitted by 20 March 2019 (23:59 IST Time UTC+05:30)

 

Scholarships: Selected collaborators will be provided scholarships to attend the convening, including economy return airfare, local transportation to/from the airport and home, cost of visa to Nepal, accommodation on a shared (twin) basis, meals during the convening, and basic travel emergency health insurance.

 

Important Dates: The Call for Collaborators is open from 1 March – 20 March 2019. Applications will be reviewed by the Steering Committee, and we expect to announce acceptances by 10 April 2019.

Tajassodat will take place from 26 to 30 May 2019.

Webinar: Resist fundamentalisms and fascisms in Asia-Pacific
January 29, 2019 – 6:40 am | Comments Off on Webinar: Resist fundamentalisms and fascisms in Asia-Pacific
Webinar: Resist fundamentalisms and fascisms in Asia-Pacific

Four activists from Asia Pacific share their analysis of the advances of fundamentalist and fascist forces across the region. Listen to the audio below:

 
This discussion addresses the following questions:

How are anti-rights forces operating in Asia-Pacific? …

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)
Hope without Fear amidst Suffering with HOPE (Have Only Positive Expectations)

 
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 …

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 …