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CSBR Member Organizations
- AAHUNG – Pakistan
Aahung is a non-profit organization that advocates for an enabling environment where every individual′s sexual rights are respected, protected and fulfilled as an inalienable human right.
- Ahfad University for Women – Sudan
Ahfad University for Women (AUW) is a private, non-sectarian university for women located in Omdurman, Sudan. The goal of AUW is to prepare women to assume informed leadership roles in their families, communities and the nation. AUW works to achieve this goal by offering high quality instruction with emphasis on strengthening women′s roles in national and rural development and achieving equity for women in Sudanese society.
- alQaws – Palestine
alQaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society is a group of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ) Palestinian activists and allies collaboratively working to transform Palestinian society’s perspectives on gender and sexual diversity and struggling for broader social justice. An open space, alQaws inspires and engages its community to disrupt sexual and gender-based oppression and challenge regulation, whether patriarchal, capitalist or colonial, of our sexualities and bodies.
- Association Marocaine pour les Droits des Femmes (AMDF) – Morocco
AMDF is an independent NGO which was founded in1992 in Morocco. The group focuses on issues including women′s rights, women′s safety from violence, and gender equality in Magreb.
- The Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW) – Malaysia
ARROW’s vision is for women in Asia and the Pacific to be better able to define and control their lives, particularly in the area of women′s health and rights. Since 1993, ARROW has been able to make significant progress towards this vision.
- Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM) – Morocco
ADFM is an autonomous, non-profit feminist NGO, which aims to promote women′s rights in order to increase women′s power and influence in the juridical, political, economic and social spheres to build an egalitarian society based on democracy and sustainable development.
- Association Tunisienne des Femmes Démocrates (ATFD) – Tunisia
Formally created in 1989, the Association Tunisienne des Femmes Démocrates is an autonomous activist women′s organization dedicated to the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, the transformation of patriarchal attitudes, the defense of women′s acquired rights, and the participation of women in all aspects of political and civil rights.
- Bandhu Social Welfare Society – Bangladesh
Bandhu Social Welfare Society (Bandhu) started its journey in 1996, and works toward the well-being of sexual minorities by facilitating sexual and reproductive health services and supporting human rights, dignity and livelihoods of their choices.
- Bishkek Feminist Initiative – Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek Feminist Initiatives (BFI) is a feminist group of activists in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, based on the principles of collective emancipation, solidarity, mutual support and equal decision-making, and non-violence. Our priorities are (1) feminist movement-building in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia, including security and wellbeing of activists; (2) feminist multi/media/arts and writing; (3) sexual and bodily rights, integrity and autonomy education and mobilization.
- BRAC University – Bangladesh
From a modest beginning almost thirty years ago, BRAC has today grown into one of the largest non-government development organizations in the world. It works in a number of closely related areas such as poverty alleviation, rural health care and non-formal education among many others to bring about socio-economic changes for a large number of our people, mostly women and children, whose lives are dominated by extreme poverty, illiteracy, disease and malnutrition.
- Egyptian Inititative For Personal Rights (EIPR) – Egypt
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) is an independent Egyptian human rights organization which was established in 2002 to promote and defend the personal rights and freedoms of individuals.
- GAYa NUSANTARA – Indonesia
Gaya Nusantra is an LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) organization in Indonesia which provides personal contacts, HIV/AIDS counselling, community outreach and gay awareness workshops. The group also publishes a monthly magazine under the same name.
- HELEM – Lebanon
HELEM is a leading LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) organization that carries out a peaceful struggle for the liberation of the LGBT community in Lebanon from all sorts of legal, social and cultural discrimination.
- Indonesian Women′s Association for Justice (APIK) – Indonesia
The Indonesian NGO, APIK has been providing legal support for women as well as campaigning for the recognition of their legal rights for many years. Established in 1995 by the prominent feminist lawyer, Nursyahbani Katjasungjkana, APIK combines legal aid, research and advocacy. To date, APIK has helped thousands of women in need of legal aid particularly in the areas of domestic violence, sexual harassment, marital and family problems, inheritance and property rights.
- International Women′s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP) – Malaysia
IWRAW Asia Pacific s an international women′s human rights organisation. Since 1993, we have worked to contribute to the progressive interpretation and realisation of the human rights of women through the lens of the UN Convention on the Elimination Against All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and other international human rights treaties. We promote the domestic implementation of international human rights standards by building the capacity of women and human rights advocates to claim and realise women′s human rights.
- Jordanian Women′s Union (JWU) – Jordan
The Jordanian Women’s Union is a local non-governmental membership organization dedicated to abolishing all forms of gender discrimination, and to promoting human rights. With thirteen branches in communities across Jordan, membership exceeds ten thousand individuals and includes representation from all parts of Jordanian society. Through national and regional advocacy campaigns, research, and rights-based programming, the JWU targets women and their children, specializing in women victims of violence/survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. the Jordanian Women′s Union has been empowering and educating women on the issue of honor killings; it now runs a hotline and shelter for survivors of violence.
- KAOS-GL – Turkey
Kaos Gay and Lesbian Cultural Researches and Solidarity Association (Kaos GL) aims to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans individuals in embracing libertarian values, realizing their own existence, and in cultivating themselves in order to contribute to the development of social peace and welfare together with the development of their individual, social and cultural life and behavior.
- LambdaIstanbul – Turkey
LambdaIstanbul is a Turkish LGBT organization run by volunteers. Lambda promotes a society free from all kinds of discrimination while particularly focuing on heterosexism.
- MADA al-CARMEL – Arab Centre for Applied Social Research – Palestine
Using theoretical and applied social research and policy analysis, MADA aims to enhance the human and national development of the Palestinians in Israel, advance the cause of democratic citizenship, and become a hub of knowledge and critical thinking about Palestinians in Israel, equal citizenship, and democracy.
- MEEM – Lebanon
Meem is a community of and for LBTQ women in Lebanon. LBTQ is defined as women who self-identify as lesbian, bisexual, transgender (including male-to-female and female-to-male), queer, in addition to women questioning their sexual orientation. We believe in diversity. Meem is based on values of equality, support, confidentiality, and respect.
- Muntada – Arab Forum for Sexuality, Education and Health – Palestine
Muntada is a national organization committed to the social development of Palestinian society, by addressing educational and counseling needs as they relate to sexuality and reproductive health. Regarded locally as a major professional and intellectual nexus in the field of human sexuality, Muntada is also dynamically building connections with Arab and international networks in this field that share the principles of universal human rights and sustainable development.
- New Woman Foundation – Egypt
The aims of the New Woman Foundation is the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women in society, whether economic, socio-cultural, political or legal.
- PILIPINA Legal Resources Center (PLRC) – Philippines
PLRC is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that uses the law for the empowerment and development of women and disadvantaged communities. PLRC undertakes various researches on the issues of women′s rights, development, and social justice.
- RAHIMA – Indonesia
Rahima, the Centre for Education and Information on Islam and Women′s Rights Issues is a non-government organisation that focuses on the empowerment of women with an Islamic perspective. Rahima has developed in response to the need for information regarding women′s rights issues within Islam.
- Sisters in Islam (SIS) – Malaysia
Sisters in Islam (SIS) is a group of Muslim women committed to promoting the rights of women within the framework of Islam. Our efforts to promote the rights of Muslim women are based on the principles of equality, justice and freedom enjoined by the Qur’an as made evident during our study of the holy text.
- VISION – Pakistan
Vision is a non-governmental organization based in Lahore, specializing in several key areas of Public Health and Human Rights. They involve communities in our projects because only by doing so do they feel they can address their issues in a holistic manner.
- Women′s Center for Legal aid and Counseling (WCLAC) – Palestine
WCLAC was established by a small group of women in Jerusalem in 1991 as a Palestinian, independent, non-governmental, non-profit organisation. It addresses women’s needs in the context of occupation and militarised oppression of the community, realising the connections between militarised patriarchy and an increase in women’s oppression in private and public spheres.
- Women Against Violence (WAV) – Palestine
Women Against Violence (WAV), a resource on women′s issues, has been dedicated to the advancement of Palestinian women in Israel for over 15 years. Established in 1992 by a group of Arab women professionals, who took it upon themselves to voice the needs of Palestinian women after seeing a need lacking in social welfare services for Arab women survivals of violence and began by providing support services as well as empowerment, raising awareness, and advocacy programs that would lift the status of Palestinian women.
- Women for Women′s Human Rights (WWHR)-New Ways – Turkey
WWHR-New Ways is a women’s and human rights NGO established in Turkey in 1993. Our mission is to promote women’s human rights and to support the active and broad participation of women as free individuals and equal citizens in the establishment and maintenance of a democratic and peaceful order at national, regional and international levels.
- Women′s Aid Organisation (WAO) – Malaysia
WAO is an independent, non-religious, non-governmental organisation, committed to confronting violence against women, to promote and create respect, protection and fulfillment of equal rights for women. To work towards the elimination of discrimination against women, and to bring about equality between women and men.
- Women′s Health Foundation – Indonesia