Statement on the Resolution on the Protection of the Family at the UN Human Rights Council, 29th Session, Geneva
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In July 2015, Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW) delivered a Statement on the Resolution on the Protection of the Family at the UN Human Rights Council, 29th Session, Geneva.
ARROW’s statement, endorsed by 58 organizations …

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When sexuality meets faith in Indonesia
August 25, 2015 – 5:58 am | No Comment

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In March 2010, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Organisation Conference was set to go ahead in Surabaya, Java. A group of conservative Muslims, some of them members of the Front Pembela Islam (Islamic Defenders Front), occupied the hotel where Conference participants were staying. The police ordered that the conference be cancelled for reasons of public safety. Later that year the same group of conservative Muslims attacked an international gay film festival in Jakarta. In response to these events, a group of ten young people came together to create the Youth Interfaith Forum on Sexuality (YIFOS).

Four years later, during the summer of 2014, I meet Yulia and Vica, two of the organisation’s members, in a café in Malioboro Street, Yogyakarta. Both have come from Jakarta to discuss ideas with Yogyakarta-based activists working on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the city. Yulia and Vica seem excited to talk about their project. While having an ice cream, with some Arabic-style Indonesian songs playing in the background, we speak about sexuality and faith in Indonesia, and the work of YIFOS.

Creating safe spaces

YIFOS began as a community-based organisation bringing together members of Muslim, Catholic and Buddhist communities. The organisation’s goal was to foster exchange between members of different religions about faith and sexuality. ‘In Indonesia we never have the chance to discuss our own sexuality,’ Vica points out. The lack of safe spaces for young people to speak freely about sexuality and faith was what prompted YIFOS’s establishment.

From its conception, YIFOS has aimed to involve religious leaders in its efforts. ‘So we invited religious leaders to talk at local groups and discuss sexuality and faith.’ Yulia explains that people of all religions are welcome to join this discussion, providing they are willing to bring an open mind. The focus of YIFOS dialogues is always to put young people first, allowing them to search out grounds of commonality, negotiating religious values and issues of concern around sexuality and the LGBT community, without fear of judgement.

The inclusion of religious authorities in debates on sexuality is a new phenomenon in Indonesia. The country has seen the emergence of interfaith organisations such as Interfidei in Yogyakarta in 1991, or the Regional Interfaith Youth Network formed in Ambon in 2005. However, YIFOS is the first space in which simultaneous discussions on sexuality and faith are encouraged. Unlike other groups working in a single city or region, YIFOS has operated across the country since 2011. For Catholic communities, the organisation has visited centres where regular discussions among youth regarding sexuality were already in place. With participants already in place, all that YIFOS needs to provide are materials. YIFOS also works with Islamic youth organisations on university campuses.

The participants express their feelings after one of the sessions. Yulia Dwi AndriyantiThe participants express their feelings after one of the sessions. Yulia Dwi Andriyanti

Before the arrival of YIFOS, reflects Yulia, ‘it was quite difficult to talk about sexuality within faith groups; but also when we went to LGBT groups, they were quite reluctant to speak about God.’ By creating safe spaces where young people can feel comfortable speaking about their sexual and religious identities, the participants in YIFOS dialogues are able to realise what they have in common as young people, instead of focusing on their differences.
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As sex workers, we welcome Amnesty International’s policy — it will help empower us
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As sex workers, we welcome Amnesty International’s policy — it will help empower us

Sex workers around the world face diverse challenges: stigma, discrimination, violence – including state violence – harassment, criminalisation, isolation, marginalisation and a lack of adequate health services.
Sadly, few people want to talk about these issues.Moral …

Not A Crime
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Not A Crime

“Not a Crime” is a comic by Malaysian cartoonist, animator and illustrator Kazimir Lee, on the persecution and resistance of mak nyah in Malaysia.

The comic documents the arrest of 17 trans women at a wedding …

1100 Organizations & Individuals ask Amnesty International to support decriminalization of sex work
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1100 Organizations & Individuals ask Amnesty International to support decriminalization of sex work

CSBR joined over 200 human rights organizations from across the world to support the open letter by the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE), which urges Amnesty International Board of Directors to support …

Imagine a Feminist Internet
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Imagine a Feminist Internet

CSBR is excited to join the Association for Progressive Communications (APC)’s ongoing creative conversation that asks us to #ImagineAFeministInternet. 
The first Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality, & the Internet was held in May 2014 in Malaysia, …

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights in Iran: Analysis from Religious, Social, Legal and Cultural Perspectives
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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights in Iran: Analysis from Religious, Social, Legal and Cultural Perspectives

(NEW YORK) – On Tuesday, July 14, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights
Commission (IGLHRC) releases a collection of eight articles that offer innovative and provocative approaches to advance acceptance and improve understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual …

The Road from Antipinkwashing Activism to the Decolonization of Palestine
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The Road from Antipinkwashing Activism to the Decolonization of Palestine

The Road from Antipinkwashing Activism to the Decolonization of Palestine
by: Lynn Darwich, Haneen Maikey

In lieu of an abstract, here is an excerpt from the text: 

The Combahee River Collective Statement (1977) articulates a firm stand against …

Sufi Narratives of Intimacy: Ibn ‘Arabī, Gender, and Sexuality
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Sufi Narratives of Intimacy: Ibn ‘Arabī, Gender, and Sexuality

Thirteenth-century Sufi poet, mystic, and legal scholar Muhyi al-Din ibn al-‘Arabi gave deep and sustained attention to gender as integral to questions of human existence and moral personhood.
Reading his works through a critical feminist lens, …

Policing Sexuality: Sex, Society and the State
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Policing Sexuality: Sex, Society and the State

Policing Sexuality takes a look at the question of why and how states impose restrictions on the sexual and gender expressions and identities of their citizens. Author Julien C. H. Lee was first drawn to …

Statement on the Resolution on the Protection of the Family at the UN Human Rights Council, 29th Session, Geneva
July 7, 2015 – 11:01 pm | Comments Off on Statement on the Resolution on the Protection of the Family at the UN Human Rights Council, 29th Session, Geneva
Statement on the Resolution on the Protection of the Family at the UN Human Rights Council, 29th Session, Geneva

In July 2015, Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW) delivered a Statement on the Resolution on the Protection of the Family at the UN Human Rights Council, 29th Session, Geneva.
ARROW’s statement, endorsed by 58 organizations …

UN Human Rights Council adopts Resolution to end child, early and forced marriage
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UN Human Rights Council adopts Resolution to end child, early and forced marriage

Credit: UN/Jean-Marc Ferre
On Thursday 2 July, the United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously adopted a resolution co-sponsored by over 85 States to strengthen efforts to prevent and eliminate child, early and forced marriage, a practice …

Why I Painted a Rainbow Flag on Israel’s Apartheid Wall
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Why I Painted a Rainbow Flag on Israel’s Apartheid Wall

Khaled Jarrar’s rainbow mural “Through the Spectrum” painted on the Israeli separation wall near Qalandiya checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. (Khaled Jarrar)
Earlier this week, I painted a section of the Israeli apartheid wall near …

In the Land Where Everyone’s God: Interview with Musdah Mulia
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In the Land Where Everyone’s God: Interview with Musdah Mulia

Professor Siti Musdah Mulia has taken part in many CSBR activities, including teaching at our Sexuality Institutes. Here’s an interview with her from August 2014, where she shares views on religious conservatism in Indonesia and the importance …

Milestones for the LGBTI Movement in Indonesia
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Milestones for the LGBTI Movement in Indonesia

The Jakarta Post recently featured a list of milestones of the LGBTI movement in Indonesia, which included the founding of CSBR member and current coordinating office Gaya Nusantara! Read the article below.

Milestones for the LGBT Movement in Indonesia
Indonesia’s …

Response to Illegal block of Istanbul Pride 2015
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Response to Illegal block of Istanbul Pride 2015

The Istanbul LGBTI Pride Parade has been held for thirteen years. Yet this year the Istanbul Governor’s Office blocked the parade, citing the fact that it coincided with Ramadan. The use of Ramadan, the Islamic …

Resistance in the face of police violence at Istanbul Pride 2015
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Resistance in the face of police violence at Istanbul Pride 2015

Police attacked the LGBTI Pride Parade with water cannon and tear gas to disperse the participants at Istanbul Pride on Sunday 28 June 2015.

The participants as well as journalists were exposed to violence, the disproportionate use …

Response to the Zero-Draft of the Outcome Document of the Post-2015 Summit
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Response to the Zero-Draft of the Outcome Document of the Post-2015 Summit

During the 20-24 June 2015 intergovernmental negotiations, ARROW submitted a detailed response to the zero-draft of the Outcome Document of the Post-2015 Summit. The response was supported by 116 women’s groups and allied civil society …

A lesson in body positivity for Pakistan
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A lesson in body positivity for Pakistan

6 December 2014

Luavut Zahid is Pakistan Today’s Special Correspondent. Her work places an emphasis on conflict and disasters, human rights, religious and sexual minorities, climate change, development and governance. She also serves as the Pakistan …

Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) Melancarkan Laporan Keganasan Rumah Tangga 2015 dan Kempen Kesedaran Awam, “Bolehkah Anda Simpan Rahsia?”
June 23, 2015 – 7:48 pm | Comments Off on Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) Melancarkan Laporan Keganasan Rumah Tangga 2015 dan Kempen Kesedaran Awam, “Bolehkah Anda Simpan Rahsia?”
Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) Melancarkan Laporan Keganasan Rumah Tangga 2015 dan Kempen Kesedaran Awam, “Bolehkah Anda Simpan Rahsia?”

Kuala Lumpur, 23 Jun 2015 – Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) melancarkan laporan tahunan bertajuk “Berganding Bahu: Kajian Kes dalam Respons Keganasan Rumah Tangga, Laporan 2015”, sekaligus melancarkan pameran seni seramik bertajuk “Bolehkah Anda Simpan Rahsia?” …