Digital Storytelling: Stories of Faith & Sexuality [Videos]
May 14, 2018 – 12:14 pm | Comments Off on 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 …

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Statement: Feminists for A Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations
October 17, 2018 – 4:46 am | No Comment

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


 

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We the undersigned feminists, women’s rights groups and civil society allies from all over the world call on governments to support the legally-binding instrument on transnational corporations and human rights. The negotiations at the United Nations is the very chance for Member States to demonstrate political will to put economic justice, environmental justice, gender justice and accountability to people above corporate interests.

The time is now for UN Member States to finally fulfill their obligation to respect, promote and protect human rights and the environment, and put an end to corporate impunity.

The scale and impact of corporate operations across the world is causing great harm to millions of people and the environment: from land-grabbing and displacements to the contamination of water and soil, to the loss of lives of women human rights defenders protecting their fundamental human rights, livelihoods, freedoms and territories. Thousands of trade and investment agreements safeguard corporate interests, without any respect for the free, prior and informed consent, consultation of affected communities, nor any corresponding regulatory framework to protect human rights and the environment from corporate abuse.

We, women, girls and people of all gender, age, racial and ethnic identities experience rights violations, violence and discrimination by corporations. Patriarchy, racism and capitalism work together in oppressing women, particularly in the Global South and in marginalised communities:

● We produce most of the food in the world and yet are the most likely to suffer from extreme level of poverty, hunger, malnutrition, loss of land, water and livelihoods.

● We are employed in the most precarious working environments with least labour protection (e.g. informal sector & rural women workers), earn the lowest wages and shoulder the vast majority of the world’s unpaid care work.

● We experience massive violations of labour rights, attacks to our right to organise and freedom of association, and sexualised violence at work.

● We are most affected by land-grabbing, community displacements and massive extraction of natural resources, yet denied of access to land and excluded from decision-making, compensation and access to justice.

● We bear the brunt of militarised corporate activities, which enable multiple cases of rape by public and private security forces and attacks against women human rights defenders.

● We are most affected by all forms of tax injustice and the privatization of public services, often driven by trade and investment agreements and austerity policies imposed by international financial institutions.

● We are most significantly affected by climate change and extreme weather events fuelled by the fossil fuel industries and Global North countries. Women are more likely to be killed during disasters and face an increased risk of gender-based and sexual violence during disasters.

● We face threats, criminalisation, repressions, gender-based and sexual violence and even killings because of our work to resist corporate abuses in defense of human rights, fundamental freedoms and accountable democracy.

We recognize that the current global economic system is built to prioritise profit over people’s lives and the environment. Transnational corporations in particular, are able to escape accountability because of legal loopholes that enable impunity at multiple levels, undermining democracy and the rule of law. The unprecedented level of power transnational corporations enjoy through trade and investment agreements’ investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clauses are particularly concerning. They grant one-sided power to corporations to nullify national laws and policies if they reduce ‘investors’ expected profits. States’ legitimate regulatory space to establish public social policies, protect human rights and hold corporations accountable is fundamentally undermined by growing corporate power, corporate capture and the power structures that further cements this.

Transnational corporations exploit ideas of feminism and gender equality to improve their image in some countries, while systematically abusing women’s human rights in other parts of the world. We note with significant concern that women’s empowerment, once a radical feminist idea of transforming society, has been manipulated and reduced to individualistic focus on self-esteem, entrepreneurship, and consumerism.

We reject these propaganda of “corporate feminism” and “corporate social responsibility”. An agenda limited to work-life balance, having more women in managerial positions or parental leaves fails to tackle the systemic corporate abuse against women. These neoliberal and corporate versions of feminism fundamentally reinforce the exploitative nature of women’s labour under capitalism, fail to challenge patriarchy and white supremacy, and advance the belief that women’s liberation can be achieved within the existing economic model.

We insist that an instrumental approach to gender equality as a means to achieve economic growth, while ignoring corporate human rights abuses, will only further entrench gender discrimination, poverty, labour exploitation and result in growing inequalities between countries, the rich and the poor and between men and women.

We know that business interests interfere with political decisions. Corporations today hold more economic power than many States. Their political influence and the corporate capture of decision-making threaten women’s human rights and gravely undermine decisions that should be made in the public interest, not for corporate profits.

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See the full list of signatories here

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

CSBR joins Tunisian civil society and the Alliance of Inclusive Muslims in signing 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

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 …

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 …

EIPR demands the immediate release of detainees and warns against violations in detention EIPR calls on the media to halt its hate speech and incitement against LGBTQI individuals
October 6, 2017 – 1:55 am | Comments Off on EIPR demands the immediate release of detainees and warns against violations in detention EIPR calls on the media to halt its hate speech and incitement against LGBTQI individuals
EIPR demands the immediate release of detainees and warns against violations in detention EIPR calls on the media to halt its hate speech and incitement against LGBTQI individuals

Press Release
متوفر بالعربية

Wednesday, 4 October, 2017

 
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) condemns the ongoing crackdown targeting LGBTQI individuals, or those perceived to be, that began on September 22 after some audience members at a …