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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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!

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 Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR).

By highlighting the pressing political developments impacting sexual and bodily rights across our local and national contexts, the campaign demonstrates that sexuality is a site of political struggle and seeks to build solidarity across constituencies to support everyone’s right to choose freely on matters of sexuality, fertility, bodily autonomy, gender identity and self expression.

In 2018, actions will take place across Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia,  Pakistan, the Philippines, and Tunisia.

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See a brief listing below, and keep up with us on Twitter (@SexBodyRights, #OneDayOneStruggle, #ODOS) and Facebook (facebook.com/CSBRonline) on November 9th for  updates as the actions occur!

 

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BANGLADESH

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Bandhu Social Welfare Society is organizing a day-long workshop on Art Therapy for Self-Expression & Peer Support,  that will bring together young community members (aged 15 – 20) from the Youth & Transgender/Hijra network to explore the power of art therapy as a tool for self-expression, self-healing & self-discovery.

Art and the therapeutic creative process of creating art can be incredibly useful for young people who may have experienced bullying or trauma, as it can provide a safe sanctuary to share our feelings and emotions. Throughout the day, participants will explore various mediums, including different kinds of painting (watercolour, pastels, body paints) & craft-making–linking each activity to personal reflection around sexual and bodily autonomy.

Participants’ creations will be documented and shared within the network. Bandhu will host the workshop in collaboration with community artists & also representatives from UNICEF.

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INDONESIA

 

This month, Qbukatabu is hosting a series of live Instagram discussions on the theme of “Protect Yourself from Sexual Violence”As part of ODOS on 9 November, Qbukatabu will be in conversation about self-defense from sexual assaults & violence with Poedji Tan–a women’s rights activist, co-founder of  konde.co, and former Taekwondo athlete.

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You can join the live discussion on Instagram at: @qbukatabu at 7PM Jakarta time on 9 November.

Want to explore more about ending sexual violence against women & trans people with Qbukatabu? The collective is hosting two additional live Instagram discussions this month:

  • Prevent and Handle Sexual Violence towards Transgender Man, with Sam (Transman Indonesia). The discussion will take place on 20 November 2018, as part of campaigning on the International Transgender Day of Remembrance.
  • Safe Working Space to Eliminate Sexual Violence for Women Workers with Mutiara Ika (Perempuan Mahardika). The discussion will take place on 25 November 2018, as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

Also keep up with them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/qbukatabu, Twitter: @Qbukatabu and YouTube: Tim Qbukatabu.

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GN LogoBuilding on their use of video as a tool for community documentation & amplifying progressive narratives, for ODOS 2018 GAYa NUSANTARA Foundation is launching a short set of interviews with gay Muslims, that explore each persons’ individual struggles, challenges, and perceptions around queerness & Islam.

Follow GAYa NUSANTARA on Facebook: facebook.com/YayasanGAYaNUSANTARA/ and Twitter: twitter.com/gayanusantara to catch the videos.

 

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EGYPT

 

Nazra for Feminist Studies launches a conversation on “Non-Conforming” for ODOS 2018.

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“Non-Conforming” addresses the issue of bullying, with particular attention to the impacts on the psychological health of people bullied because they don’t conform to norms around gender and sexual binaries.

Throughout 9 November, Nazra will launch tools for discussion online, including a video which explores the impacts of bullying on mental health from the perspectives of psychosocial support workers; a set of short comics and infographics on various kinds of bullying and their impacts; and a series of blog posts by people who’ve experienced bullying exploring resilience and resistance.

Catch it all by following Nazra on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Nazra.for.Feminist.Studies/ and Twitter:  twitter.com/NazraEgypt

 

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Mesahat Foundation for Sexual and Gender Diversity joins the campaign with two posters, to celebrate “the resistance of bodies against the state’s entrapment and arrest of transwomen, queer men and queer sex workers,we stand against social prosecution of queer women and the exclusion of the LGBTQI+ in Egypt and Sudan.” #OurBodies_OurResistance

 

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MALAYSIA

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) joins ODOS 2018 to amplify the call of the on-going national level campaign in Malaysia to end child marriage, which will culminate on 13 November 2018 with national advocates delivering citizen petitions against child marriage to the parliament.

For ODOS, keep an eye on WAO’s social media–Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/womens.aid.org/ and Twitter: https://twitter.com/womensaidorg–and share/RT to help build momentum for the national action on 13 November.

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TUNISIA

L’Association Tunisienne des Femmes Democrates (ATFD) is hosting a national coalition workshop from 3-6pm at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Tunis, to strategize around the Tunisian’ state’s disengagement from providing safe, accessible and affordable sexual and reproductive care.

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Bringing together over 12 national level organizations, the conversation will explore what a citizen’s initiative can look like to promote & ensure the state meet’s its responsibilities and obligations on sexual & reproductive health care across Tunisia.

Collaborating civil society groups include: Groupe Tawhida, Association des Femmes Tunisiennes pour la Recherche et le Développement (AFTURD), Association BEITY, Association de Défense des Libertés Individuelles (ADLI), Ligue Tunisienne des Droits de l’Homme (LTDH), Association Tunisienne de Santé de la Reproduction (ATSR), Association Tunisienne de Lutte contre les Maladies Sexuellement Transmissibles et le Sida (ATL/MST/SIDA Tunis), Association de Prévention Positive (ATP+), Mawjoudin, Association Damj pour la justice et l’égalité, Association Tunisienne de Défense du Droit à la Santé (ATDDS), NESS, and CHOUF.

Follow updates live from Tunisia via ATFD’s Facebook page for the campaign, ‘Un Jour, Un Combat’: https://www.facebook.com/Un-Jour-Un-Combat-996099703765811 and the ODOS 2018 event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/285712255484481.

 

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PAKISTAN


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iVISION-PKs holding a discussion on the Transgender Persons (Protections of Rights) Act and its implementation, in conversation with members of the judiciary in Pakistan.

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Forum for Dignity Initiatives (FDI) is launching a campaign to raise awareness about the need for women, girls’ and trans people’s access to safe & clean public toilets in Pakistan.

 

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HOPE–Have Only Positive Expectationsis launching a blog piece about the importance of community organizing and creating safe spaces for marginalized communities. HOPE works to create safer spaces for trans men and LBQ women in Pakistan, using both virtual private spaces and physical places to get together, explore peer support and counseling, and build community.

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PHILIPPINES

PILIPINA Legal Resources Center (PLRC) builds upon 5 years of actions through ODOS to move forward the national level Anti-Discrimination legislation, with a round-table discussion to develop policy recommendations by women leaders in Davao City.

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The Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Bill (Senate Bill 948) seeks to penalize discriminatory practices based on age, racial or ethnic origin, religious belief or activity, political inclination or conviction, social class, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expressions, marital or relationship status, disability, HIV status, health status or medical history, language, physical features, or other status.

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Stay tuned by following us on social media as the campaign actions and events unfold on 9 November 2018!

CSBR on Facebook: facebook.com/CSBRonline , CSBR on Twitter: twitter.com/SexBodyRights

As always, our greatest appreciation to the efforts of the organizers and participants of the campaign!

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
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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 …

Regional Training Workshop on Sexual Rights – Amman, September 2017
November 1, 2017 – 1:19 pm | Comments Off on Regional Training Workshop on Sexual Rights – Amman, September 2017
Regional Training Workshop on Sexual Rights – Amman, September 2017

Through a private donation received in January 2017,  CSBR launched our first Participatory Seed Grant program for our members.
After a round of proposals, a collective review and decision-making process by our members,  the grant went to …