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CSBR at the AWID Forum 2016!

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AWID Forum 2016


Will you be attending the AWID Forum on Feminist Futures: Building Collective Power for Rights & Justice this week?

If so, come say hello!



The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) is hosting two sessions at the forum:


DAY 2: 09 September, 11:30 am – 13:00 pm


Teaching participatory video: A hands-on workshop in using cellphilms for sexual rights advocacy.

Whats a Cellphilm _ Casey Burkholder

What’s a cellphilm you ask? Come find out!

Participatory visual methodologies have much to offer feminist movements for social change, especially in the realm of sensitive/ taboo topics that sexual rights often encompass. In this interactive session, participants will create short videos using cellphones to explore the theoretical and practical aspects of participatory video for community advocacy (Limited Space: 20 pax).

Co-organized by: the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR), Unit for Visual Methodologies for Social Change (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa), Participatory Cultures Lab (McGill University, Canada)

Facilitators: Rima Athar (CSBR), Jennifer Radloff (APC)

Location: Ala Mar – Lobby



DAY 3:  10 September, 14:30 – 16:00.


Successful Strategies for Sexual Rights Advocacy: Building our Collective Power in Muslim Societies and Beyond


PLRC_ODOS2015_KayeHow can we learn from successful initiatives to strengthen our collective power around sexual rights advocacy? From trailblazing Anti-Discrimination legislation for LGBTI rights in the Philippines, to transnational organizing for women factory-workers in Bangladesh, to evidence-based inter-faith advocacy across MENA and Asia-Pacific, we’ll explore WHRD’s successful strategies to find out.

A talk show with : Mary Kristine Antonio (PILIPINA Legal Resources Centre) • Mangala Namasivayan (ARROW) • Dina Siddiqi (BRAC University). Rima Athar (CSBR)

Location: Ala Mar – Gran Bahia 2


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Additionally, members from the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) are part of a number of exciting actions at the forum, including:

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07 September, 9:00 – 5:00. Imagine A Feminist Internet!

Organized by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).

APC_ImagineAFeministInternet-AWID2016This Pre-Forum event will bring together 90 participants to discuss the evolving Feminist Principles of the Internet, and how we can collectively strengthen our movements for autonomy, access, privacy, and more through a look at feminism and technology. Read the blog post here:  http://www.forum.awid.org/forum16/posts/recoding-power-hacking-occupying-and-creating-feminist-internet

If you are interested in learning more about the Feminist Principles of the Internet, check out APC’s website: http://feministinternet.net/

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08 September, 10:00 – 17:00: Solidarity with detained feminist scholar Homa Hoodfar

Organized by Shirkat Gah


A renowned anthropologist, Professor Hoodfar has published widely on gender and development, Islamic family law, refugees, informal economies, Muslim dress codes, and women’s political participation. She has conducted fieldwork in multiple countries across the Middle East and North America.

Since her arbitrary arrest on 6 June 2016, Homa Hoodfar has been kept in solitary confinement, denied access to essential medicines and been unable to contact her lawyer and family. She was recently hospitalized, and remaind in Evin prison with her health is rapidly deteriorating.

Come to the WHRD Hub throughout the day (8 September) for flashtalks and solidarity actions organized by Shirkat Gah and the Free Homa Hoodfar campaign. For more details on Homa Hoodfar’s arrest, health and ways to get involved, see: homahoodfar.org.

View the latest press release from the family here: http://www.homahoodfar.org/press-release-30-august-2016

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9 September, 7:50 am – 8:50 am: Donor/Activist Engagement Lab

What does a rights-based funding approach to challenging religious fundamentalisms and advancing women’s rights look like? Surfacing issues, challenging assumptions, finding opportunities

This interactive and informal session will bring activists and donors together to engage in critical analysis of the present moment faced with the rise of religious fundamentalisms and the challenges and opportunities of funding feminist activism in all diverse contexts facing backlash by religious fundamentalist actors.

Location: Ala Terra, Bahia 03, Feminist Resource Mobilization (FRM) Hub


9 September, 1:20 – 2:30 PM: Caucus–Gender Justice and International Human Rights

Location: Al Agua – Canario

9 September, 14:30 – 16:00 Pt. 1; 16:30 – 18:00 Pt. 2: Umbrella Session on Reclaiming Democratic Spaces!

Through the influence of feminist and other social justice movements, our understanding of “democracy” has evolved. More than a system of governance, democracy is a framework guiding human relationships and practices in a wide range of institutions, including in the private sphere. However, in recent years, democratic spaces and human rights norms have been rapidly eroded through a variety of economic, social and political processes. This session will explore how to reclaim these shrinking democratic spaces and claim new ones.

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10 September, 11:30 am – 1 pm: What does solidarity look like? A cross-movement dialogue on challenging religious fundamentalisms

Organized by AWID

Come and hear a candid and provocative discussion with activists from different movements on the challenges they face working together in the context of the sharp rise of religious fundamentalisms and their innovative ideas and proposed actions on what is needed to strengthen solidarity and a more cohesive response.

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Day 4


11 September, 09:00 am – 12:00 pm

BDS and the intersection of feminism and national liberation struggle

Through joint cross-movement engagement and transnational feminist BDS_feminism_liberation_AWID2016solidarity, this 3-hour session will spotlight ripe opportunities for anti-colonial, feminist and queer engagement with Palestine and the global movement for the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).

The BDS campaign against Israel serves as one manifestation of resistance to colonialism and imperialism and towards envisioning an alternative future. We will map the movement’s victories and successful local and international campaigns, and examine the different challenges and dilemmas encountered in organizing. Finally, this session will advocate for concrete cross-movement solidarity that can result in more and better collaborative action for Palestine.


11 September, 1:20 – 2:30pm: Caucus–Gender Justice & International Human Rights Pt. 2


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Across the three days, check out the numerous events from the Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs) working group members: http://oursplatform.org/2016/09/01/awid-forum-2016/, and get in touch if you would like to be involved!


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If you want to keep up with CSBR’s news at & after the forum, follow us on Twitter (@SexBodyRights), Facebook (@CSBROnline), and/or sign up to our public listserve by emailing coordinator@csbronline.org with “Newsletter” in the subject line.

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