Founded in 2001, CSBR is the only international solidarity network in Muslim societies working to promote sexual and bodily rights as human rights. CSBR has a multi-disciplinary character and is composed of a wide array of organizations and academic institutions from the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia, engaged in advocacy work including women’s human rights, human rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights or LGBT rights at the national, regional and international levels.
CSBR is founded on the fundamental principle that all people, regardless of their gender, citizenship, class, age, religion, marital status, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, mental and physical ability, have the right to bodily and sexual integrity and autonomy and the right to freely decide on all matters concerning their sexuality and fertility.
With members from Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, the Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen, the CSBR aims to advance a holistic approach to sexuality and sexual rights in member countries through advocacy, publications, training, research and campaigns.
From its founding until 2011, the coordination office of CSBR was located within Women for Women’s Human Rights, a leading organization in Turkey. In May 2011, after a highly successful decade of coordination, the General Assembly decided it was time for a shift to bring about new opportunities for the coalition’s work.
In 2011, Nasawiya, a feminist collective based in Beirut, Lebanon, was voted in as the new coordination office with a three-year term. The transfer of leadership to a younger generation of feminist leaders in the MENA region helped develop CSBR’s outreach and support for youth-led advocacy in international spaces, building an essential bridge across generations to support and sustain our movement building.
In 2015, the coordinating office moved for its new three-year term to GAYa Nusantara, in Surabaya, Indonesia. GAYa Nusantara is excited to continue CSBR’s work of creating & deepening progressive discourses/spaces to advance sexual, bodily and reproductive health rights.