Connections, Possibilities and Joy: Reflections from the Healing Circles (2020)
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“Collective healing spaces are hard for me to do on my own. Sometimes you need collective motivation. This really helps me work on my well being” – Saleha. [A quote from the Healing Circles, hosted …

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#OneDayOneStruggle 2021
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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, coordinated by the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR).

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose unprecedented challenges to all of us, 2021 has been a tough year for human rights movements, many of which face setbacks unique to their communities. In the spirit of acknowledging this struggle, for this year’s One Day One Struggle campaign, all member organizations will focus on themes that they deem important and most pressing respectively.

See a brief listing of the planned actions below, and keep up with us using on Twitter (@SexBodyRights, #OneDayOneStruggle), Instagram (@csbrsexbodyrights) and Facebook (facebook.com/CSBRonline) on November 9th for updates as the actions occur!

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TURKEY

WWHR-New Ways and Kaos GL from Turkey, have been organizing these events since 2019 to emphasize the importance of the struggle of feminists and LGBTI+s together against anti-gender movements and discourses, and to develop new strategies.

This year, they wanted to consider all these debates which arose again around the withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, and to rethink the concepts of gender and gender equality. For this purpose, their panel titled  “Gender: from Feminism to Queer Theory”, which will be online on November 9, will discuss how and when gender has become one of the key concepts of the LGBTI+ rights struggle, theoretical and historical transformations that paved the way for the emergence of trans exclusionary feminist views and their increasing visibility in years, the reflections of these debates in the feminist movement in Turkey, the historical alliances between the Turkey’s feminist and LGBTI+ movements and the possibilities of alliances in the near future. 

After the panel, they continue with an online party. 

The event will be Turkish. If you still want to participate, you can register via this link.

Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/CVzzJ9QgFV7/?utm_medium=share_sheet

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BANGLADESH

Inclusive Bangladesh and its EQUAL partner organizations (Prantoz Foundation, Pothchola Hijra Shongho, and Shree) will be jointly celebrating this year’s ODOS, highlighting the day-to-day struggle of Non-Binary people in the context of Bangladesh. The celebration will be a month-long program where the organizations will hold online and offline events such as ten digital poster publications, one art campaign, one webinar with nonbinary people, and a virtual dance show. This year ODOS will be celebrated under the hashtag #DOTOKOTA, a Bengali term that reflects upon something that has the power of creation, mixing with others. This highlights the power of non-binary people who shades lights on the unknown aspects of diverse gender in one singular body.

Event logs will be available from 1st November onwards on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/INCLUSIVEBD/ and on twitter https://twitter.com/Inclusivebangla

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INDONESIA

GAYa NUSANTARA Foundation, one of the first national LGBTIQ+ organisations in Indonesia, will be uploading 15 video/audio series of religious narrations delivered with love by young friends with Islamic & Christian backgrounds. They will be uploaded gradually through the GAYa NUSANTARA YouTube channel from November 8, 2021 to November 12, 2021.

Da’wah in Love, the title for this campaign, delivers religious narratives that calm, reassure and embrace diversity in gender and sexuality, so that religion can increasingly appear in a friendly face and uphold justice and equality for all mankind.

It is hoped that the doors of love or mercy can be opened wider in a religious framework that no longer judges, oppresses and hurts, but is instead open to accepting those who are often labeled as sinners and are limited in their safe spaces even in the context of religion which should be a place of worship and shade for sweat bearers; those who continue to be attacked and hated in such a way simply because they have a different sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or sex characteristics from the majority group.

Below is the list of the videos.

November 8, 2021

1) Developing Islam Rahmatan Lil Alamin – audio (Surya Alam Maulana);

2) Love Wins (Yasinta Fatmawati);

3) Creating a Safe Space for All (Agus R Nugraha);

November 9, 2021

4) Conversion Therapy: Coercion in the Name of God (Felix);

5) Religion and Justice for the Oppressed – audio (Miftahul Huda);

6) Judging Others (Amar Alfikar);

November 10, 2021

7) Gender Diversity in Religion (Ratna Triwulandari);

8) Highlighting Labeling of Gender Identity and Sexuality (Han);

9) Self-Acceptance as Part of Faith (Mohamad Safiq Niam);

11 November 2021

10) Religious Da’wah that Embraces not Clobbers (Ratna Dewi Palupi).

11) Religion and Humanity (Arimbi);

12) Worship in Diversity (Agetta Putri Awijaya).

12 November 2021

13) God’s Judgment Doesn’t See Gender Identity and Sexuality (Fikri Abdillah);

14) Gender and Sexuality Based Violence (Masruroh);

15) Interpreting the Story of the People of the Prophet of Lut or Sodom & Gomorrah – audio (Kelphin Jeremiah T)

Sign up! Summer Course on Gender & Feminism
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Sign up! Summer Course on Gender & Feminism

We’re excited to offer a new summer reading and discussion course, offered by Noshaan Shahid of PRAQSIS, in collaboration with CSBR. Full details and application form here: https://bit.ly/CSBR_FGSS. Sign up by July 9th 2021!

Course Dates:  Saturdays, UTC …

HRC47 Side Event: Using Faith and Tradition to support an inclusive understanding of Gender and Sexuality
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HRC47 Side Event: Using Faith and Tradition to support an inclusive understanding of Gender and Sexuality

CSBR is a co-sponsor of the side event, “Using Faith and Tradition to support an inclusive understanding of Gender and Sexuality“, taking place on 8 July 2021, at the upcoming 47th Session of the UN …

2021 Rights at Risk: Time for Action!
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2021 Rights at Risk: Time for Action!

In collaboration with the members of the Observatory on the Universality of Rights, we are proud to launch the new 2021 Rights at Risk: Time for Action report! Each day anti-rights actors have more money and more …

Connections, Possibilities and Joy: Reflections from the Healing Circles (2020)
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Connections, Possibilities and Joy: Reflections from the Healing Circles (2020)

“Collective healing spaces are hard for me to do on my own. Sometimes you need collective motivation. This really helps me work on my well being” – Saleha. [A quote from the Healing Circles, hosted …

CSBR Statement of Solidarity for Freedom of Assembly & Association, and the Rights of LGBTIQ+ Peoples in Turkey
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CSBR Statement of Solidarity for Freedom of Assembly & Association, and the Rights of LGBTIQ+ Peoples in Turkey

Read the full statement below, and download the PDF to share here:

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4 February 2021

The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) expresses our solidarity with the people of Turkey who are …

Apply by 3 February: Life Cycles & Ritual Leadership
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Apply by 3 February: Life Cycles & Ritual Leadership

We are excited to open the call for the latest in CSBR’s series of community spaces for Queer Muslims, this time on Life Cycles & Ritual Leadership!

Over eight weeks we’ll explore basic Muslim rituals, distinctively …

The Signs in Ourselves: Exploring Queer Muslim Courage
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The Signs in Ourselves: Exploring Queer Muslim Courage

Cover Image of “The Signs in Ourselves: Exploring Queer Muslim Courage”, written and compiled by Liy Yusof, with art and design by Dhiyanah Hassan. Cover image shows a rainbow with clouds on either end, with …

Together We Must Protect and Support WHRDs in Middle East and North Africa: Urgent Call to Action
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Together We Must Protect and Support WHRDs in Middle East and North Africa: Urgent Call to Action

To mark international Human Rights Day, and the close of the 16 Days Of Activism 2020, we share this urgent call to action, for the protection and support of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in …

Inclusive Bangladesh joins CSBR!
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Inclusive Bangladesh joins CSBR!

“At Inclusive Bangladesh, we envision to create an inclusive Bangladeshi society where every citizen will be a resource for safe-guarding each-other’s human rights and peaceful living. Our work and effort circulate in promoting gender equality, …

#SupportWHRDs for #16Days 2020
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#SupportWHRDs for #16Days 2020

Government crackdown against women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has consistently intensified during 2020. Governments have systematically restricted civic space & shut down organizations, and they’re increasingly …

Plastic Etude #OneDayOneStruggle
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Watch this improvised contemporary performance exploring authentic body movement and self expression. How does it speak to you?

This video was created by feminist activists across Central Asia who are exploring embodiment as part of …

#OneDayOneStruggle ~ Cyber Hygiene is a Priority!
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#OneDayOneStruggle ~ Cyber Hygiene is a Priority!

Cyber Hygiene (or digital hygiene) is a term that can be defined as a set of good simple daily routine practices, which individuals undertake to ensure the correct use of any devices that are connected …

#OneDayOneStruggle 2020: Exploring touch, collective security, community fundraising, intersex rights, poetry as resistance, love in a pandemic, and solidarity beyond borders!
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#OneDayOneStruggle 2020: Exploring touch, collective security, community fundraising, intersex rights, poetry as resistance, love in a pandemic, and solidarity beyond borders!

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, coordinated by the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily …

Open letter to WHO: Including LGBTIQ Communities in World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Response
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Open letter to WHO: Including LGBTIQ Communities in World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Response

“Rest assured that we have heard your important message, and as we update our guidance and approach to COVID-19, we will ensure that the specific challenges of LGBTQI communities will be recognized and addressed“. – …

Befriending the Quran Community Course – Surah Maryam
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Befriending the Quran Community Course – Surah Maryam

CSBR has opened the call for application for the third in our series of “Befriending the Quran” community courses for queer Muslims, this time on Surah Maryam

Apply by 16 October here: http://bit.ly/QQ3_SurahMaryam

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Istanbul Convention Is Ours!
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In solidarity with the women’s movement in Turkey, and feminist efforts all over to prevent, address and end violence against women and girls.

Watch this animated video from Women for Women’s Human Rights — New …

Gender, Sexuality, Islam & Science
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Gender, Sexuality, Islam & Science

CSBR is pleased to offer a new discussion-based course on “Gender, Sexuality, Islam & Science”, for those keen to bridge philosophical, academic and personal perspectives on these themes to advance a holistic understanding of faith …

Creating CARE and Sustaining Well-Being: Reflections from Queer Organizing across South & Southeast Asia
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Creating CARE and Sustaining Well-Being: Reflections from Queer Organizing across South & Southeast Asia

We are so excited to share with you Creating CARE and Sustaining Well-Being: Reflections from Queer Organizing across South and Southeast Asia!

A collaborative endeavor by Rima Athar, Liy Yusof and Sonaksha Iyengar–this publication illustrates …