Panel On the Sexual & Bodily Rights Of Refugee Women and LGBTI people in Turkey
November 17, 2015 – 6:43 am | Comments Off on Panel On the Sexual & Bodily Rights Of Refugee Women and LGBTI people in Turkey

The international campaign for sexual and bodily rights titled “One Day, One Struggle” organized simultaneously by the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) member organizations every year on November 9 was …

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LGBT group faces state persecution in Indonesia
January 25, 2016 – 10:59 pm | Comments Off on LGBT group faces state persecution in Indonesia

25 January 2016

Several public officials issued statements on the weekend opposing the presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students on university campuses following the cancelation of an event at the University of Indonesia (UI).

Research, Technology and Higher Education Minister M. Nasir said that LGBT communities could taint the nation’s morality if “the guardians of morality [do not] promote decency and the noble values of Indonesia”, as quoted by Antara news agency.

Lawmaker from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), Muhammad Nasir Djamil, also commented. “LGBT groups cannot be allowed to thrive and be given space. Especially considering that they have entered campuses through academic discussion,” lawmaker Nasir said.

Sociologist and gay-rights activist Dede Oetomo told The Jakarta Poston Sunday that he would be generous and forgiving in his response, calling the statements of both Nasirs demonstrative of “limited knowledge in general, in particular on sexuality and human rights”.

“We have to understand that even the international world and the United Nations have recognized the rights of LGBT [communities] only recently,” he said. Therefore, he would not be offended by the statements. “They simply never learn anything new,” he went on.

He said, however, that he had concerns about the welfare of LGBT communities on campuses after the weekend witch-hunt for the minority group.

Conservative Islamic newspaper Republika ran the headline “LGBT poses serious threat”, on its front page. The article quoted sources that slammed LGBT people for “tainting the nation’s morality”, citing links between LGBT communities and promiscuity. Some other media outlets also presented LGBT issues as a threat, using terms such as “deviant sexual behavior”.

The statements were made in response to the Support Group and Resource Center on Sexuality Studies (SGRC) at UI coming under the spotlight due to its “appropriation” of UI’s name and logo.

An unofficial poster for the LGBT Peer Support Network, a counseling service provided by SGRC-UI in cooperation with melela.org, a website that provides a platform for LGBT people to share their stories and experiences as a way of improving the public’s understanding of these minority groups, went viral on social media last week, triggering controversy among social media users.

Many social media users posted comments on #dukungSGRCUIvoicing their support for the community’s activities. Meanwhile, a number of messages circulated encouraging people to initiate anti-LGBT movements on UI’s campus.

The controversy prompted UI authorities to issue a statement saying that the university was not responsible for the organization’s activities because the organization had not registered as a university student society and had not obtained a permit from the university to carry out its activities.

The university has asked SGRC-UI to remove the university’s name and symbol from the its logo.

“It’s important to note that SGRC is not a campus organization and UI has never given any permit to the community [to use UI’s name and logo],” said Rifelly Dewi Astuti, UI’s head of public relations and public information.

SGRC-UI is a community comprised of UI graduates, students and lecturers. The group focuses on gender and sexuality studies. The group was founded on May 17, 2014, by three UI graduates: Ferena Debineva, Arief Rahadian and Nadya Karima Melati. The organization often conducts activities on UI’s campus in Depok.

Nadya said they had never had any problems with UI before, despite having conducted LGBT-related events previously. “UI never addressed our past activities, and they even published information on our seminars on their website uiupdate.ui.ac.id,” she said.

She added that the university had only reacted strongly when the unofficial poster suddenly appeared online.

She said that the group’s organizers were still discussing the project when the poster was published online.

“We are a study group that focuses on gender and sexuality issues. We firmly reject the notion that our broad scope of study is in fact small and limited because SGRC-UI is an LGBT community,” a press release from the community stated.

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Reposted from: The Jakarta Post,

“Jadal” Publishes New Articles about “Sexual Politics in Palestine”
January 12, 2016 – 5:16 am | Comments Off on “Jadal” Publishes New Articles about “Sexual Politics in Palestine”
“Jadal” Publishes New Articles about “Sexual Politics in Palestine”

العدد 24 من مجلّة جدل الالكترونية: “السياسات الجنسية والجندرية”
اصدر مركز مدى الكرمل العدد الرابع والعشرين من مجلّة جدل الالكترونية، بتحرير عرين هوّاري. يتناول المحور المركزي لهذا العدد من جدل السياسات الجنسية والجندرية بتقاطعها مع مباني …

The Philippine Shari’a Courts and the Code of Muslim Personal Laws
January 12, 2016 – 4:26 am | Comments Off on The Philippine Shari’a Courts and the Code of Muslim Personal Laws

Publication Date: 14 October 2014
The Philippine Shari’a Courts and the Code of Muslim Personal Laws
Isabelita Solamo-Antonio

Abstract

A survey, conducted by the PILIPINA Legal Resources Center (PLRC) in the Philippines, on the extent of usage of, and the attitudes, aspirations …

Kohl: The Non-Exotic Erotic – Questions of Desire and Representation
January 4, 2016 – 7:50 am | Comments Off on Kohl: The Non-Exotic Erotic – Questions of Desire and Representation
Kohl: The Non-Exotic Erotic – Questions of Desire and Representation

The winter edition of Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research, Vol. 1, No.2 is available in English and Arabic.

THE NON-EXOTIC EROTIC
Questions of Desire and Representation
Editorial
The Erotic, the Exotic, and the Space(s) in Between: …

Sisters in Islam denounces Malaysian MP’s suggestion that marriage would stop statutory rape
January 4, 2016 – 6:45 am | Comments Off on Sisters in Islam denounces Malaysian MP’s suggestion that marriage would stop statutory rape
Sisters in Islam denounces Malaysian MP’s suggestion that marriage would stop statutory rape

2 January 2016
PAS’s ulama council information chief has made a mockery of Islam with his suggestion that marriage would solve a high percentage of underage rape cases in the country, Sisters in Islam (SIS) said …

Saudi Arabia commutes Sri Lanka Domestic Workers’ sentence of execution to imprisonment
December 24, 2015 – 4:22 am | Comments Off on Saudi Arabia commutes Sri Lanka Domestic Workers’ sentence of execution to imprisonment
Saudi Arabia commutes Sri Lanka Domestic Workers’ sentence of execution to imprisonment

23 December 2016
The life of a Sri Lankan maid due to be stoned to death in Saudi Arabia for adultery has been spared, Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry says.
She will instead be imprisoned, Sri Lankan Deputy …

Documentary: The Reformer of Wringin Sukowono (Indonesia)
December 8, 2015 – 7:03 am | Comments Off on Documentary: The Reformer of Wringin Sukowono (Indonesia)
Documentary: The Reformer of Wringin Sukowono (Indonesia)

This video, created by Institute for Women’s Empowerment, tells the story of the struggles of Najma Milla and her husband Nurul to establish an Islamic boarding school (pesantren) which is at the same time a …

Take All Possible Measures To Revoke Death Sentence On Sri Lankan Domestic Worker: Sri Lankan CSOs Tell Govt
December 4, 2015 – 6:04 am | Comments Off on Take All Possible Measures To Revoke Death Sentence On Sri Lankan Domestic Worker: Sri Lankan CSOs Tell Govt
Take All Possible Measures To Revoke Death Sentence On Sri Lankan Domestic Worker: Sri Lankan CSOs Tell Govt

3 December 2015
185 Civil Society activists and 40 organisations have today urged the respective authorities to take all possible measures to revoke the death sentence and ensure the migrant worker’s safe return to Sri Lanka.
A 45 …

URGENT ACTION: Call on Saudi Arabia to Stop Execution by Stoning of Sri Lankan Domestic Worker
December 1, 2015 – 4:18 pm | Comments Off on URGENT ACTION: Call on Saudi Arabia to Stop Execution by Stoning of Sri Lankan Domestic Worker

UPDATE on 23 December 2015:
Saudi Arabian court has commuted the sentence of death by stoning to an imprisonment term.

Excerpts from various news:

BBC: The life of a Sri Lankan domestic worker due to be stoned to …

Indigenous Responses to Homonationalism, from Pakistan and Sweden
November 29, 2015 – 5:35 am | Comments Off on Indigenous Responses to Homonationalism, from Pakistan and Sweden
Indigenous Responses to Homonationalism, from Pakistan and Sweden

As part of the One Day, One Struggle, a global campaign by members of the Coalition of Sexual & Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR), Drag It to the Top in Pakistan, organized a focused …

Organizations from 31 Countries support Women & LGBTI People’s call for Peace in Turkey
November 27, 2015 – 7:35 pm | Comments Off on Organizations from 31 Countries support Women & LGBTI People’s call for Peace in Turkey

99 Organizations from 31 Countries Support Women & LGBTI People’s Call for Peace in Turkey
27 November 2015
Violence in the Middle East and Turkey escalates with each passing day. While the world’s eyes turn to the …

Urgent Call for Support & Solidarity from Women’s and LGBTI Organizations in Turkey
November 20, 2015 – 8:35 am | Comments Off on Urgent Call for Support & Solidarity from Women’s and LGBTI Organizations in Turkey

19 November 2015
Violence in the Middle East and Turkey escalates with each passing day. While the world’s eyes turn to the tragic attacks in Paris, what we are experiencing at present in our country is …

Panel On the Sexual & Bodily Rights Of Refugee Women and LGBTI people in Turkey
November 17, 2015 – 6:43 am | Comments Off on Panel On the Sexual & Bodily Rights Of Refugee Women and LGBTI people in Turkey
Panel On the Sexual & Bodily Rights Of Refugee Women and LGBTI people in Turkey

The international campaign for sexual and bodily rights titled “One Day, One Struggle” organized simultaneously by the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) member organizations every year on November 9 was …

GISWATCH 2015: Sexual Rights and the Internet
November 16, 2015 – 9:44 am | Comments Off on GISWATCH 2015: Sexual Rights and the Internet
GISWATCH 2015: Sexual Rights and the Internet

GISWatch 2015 is out, with a focus on Sexual Rights & the Internet. This edition brings together 57 country reports on a wide array of sexual rights issues, including:

– Restrictions for Sexual Rights Activists in Sudan

– Internet rights, …

A Look at Muslim Family Law in Malaysia
November 12, 2015 – 5:11 am | Comments Off on A Look at Muslim Family Law in Malaysia
A Look at Muslim Family Law in Malaysia

1 November 2015
Dark Days for the Fairer Sex 
Malaysia used to have one of the most progressive Muslim family laws in the world but by 2003, we are right there at the bottom, thanks to amendments to …

Update: Hossam Bahgat has been released, unclear if charges still pending
November 10, 2015 – 1:33 pm | Comments Off on Update: Hossam Bahgat has been released, unclear if charges still pending

Update from Mada Masr
Hossam Bahgat was released from military intelligence at midday on Tuesday after he signed a document stating, “I, Hossam Bahgat, journalist at Mada Masr, declare that I will abide by legal and security …

CALL TO ACTION: Egyptian Journalist & Human Rights Defender Hossam Bahgat Must Be Released
November 9, 2015 – 11:22 pm | Comments Off on CALL TO ACTION: Egyptian Journalist & Human Rights Defender Hossam Bahgat Must Be Released
CALL TO ACTION: Egyptian Journalist & Human Rights Defender Hossam Bahgat Must Be Released

9 November 2015
Call to Action: Egyptian Journalist & Human Rights Defender Hossam Bahgat Must Be Released
The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) calls for the immediate release of Hossam Bahgat, and …

ATFD & Partners host Actions on Sexual Harassment in the Streets
November 9, 2015 – 11:25 am | Comments Off on ATFD & Partners host Actions on Sexual Harassment in the Streets
ATFD & Partners host Actions on Sexual Harassment in the Streets

For One Day One Struggle 2015, l’Association Tunisienne des Femmes Démocrates (ATFD), in collaboration with ATL, Chouf, Groupe tawhida bechikh, Mawjoudin, Rojainu, Waii and Withour Restrictions are hosting two events looking at sexual harassment in …

VISION hosts Poster Exhibition to Deconstruct Stigma & Marginalization
November 9, 2015 – 9:29 am | Comments Off on VISION hosts Poster Exhibition to Deconstruct Stigma & Marginalization
VISION hosts Poster Exhibition to Deconstruct Stigma & Marginalization

For One Day One Struggle 2015, VISION is organizing a poster exhibit on sexuality rights in Pakistan, focusing on personal reflection and self-discovery as a starting point to deconstruct stigma and discrimination.
For VISION, this is a continuation of long-standing programming …