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CSBR at International Platforms (2001-2009)

During our first decade (2001-2009), the lack of representation of activists from Muslim societies at the international arena was a core driving force for CSBR to actively partake in United Nations processes, as well as participate in other international meetings.

Given the conservative global atmosphere and the conventionally limited NGO participation from these regions at the UN, CSBR strived both to counter the conservative alliances between governments from the region and the right wing forces from North, and to render visible the progressive views and efforts on sexual and reproductive health and rights in Muslim societies.


Global NGO Forum on ICPD+15
2-4 September, 2009, Berlin, Germany
The delegation of the Coalition included 7 network representatives from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Palestine and Turkey, who contributed to the final “Call for Action”


19th Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health
21-25 June, 2009, Goteborg, Sweden
CSBR organized a panel entitled “Nonformal Sexual Rights Education and Sexual Pleasure” with Coalition representatives from Lebanon and Turkey.


VII. Conference of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS)
15-18 April, 2009, Hanoi, Vietnam
CSBR organized a panel session on “Remapping Sexualities in Muslim Societies” with presentations from Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey offering an insight to the CSBR International Comparative Research study.


Musawah for Equality in the Family Conference
13-17 February, 2009, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The delegation of the Coalition included network representatives from Malaysia, Morocco, Indonesia, Tunisia and Turkey.


Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) Forum: The Power of Movements
14-17 November, 2008, Cape Town, South Africa
The delegation of the Coalition included 16 network representatives from Algeria, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Lebanon, Malaysia, Palestine, Tunisia and Turkey. CSBR also organized two panels at the Forum. First panel entitled “Building a diverse and inclusive movement to break new ground: The Experience of CSBR” featured presenters from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Lebanon, Tunisia and Turkey. The second panel entitled “Movements for social change and law reform in Muslim societies: Mobilizing for sexual rights amidst increasing political turmoil, militarization and conservatism” discussed the CSBR International Comparative Research featuring presenters from Indonesia, Lebanon and Malaysia.


51st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
26 February – 9 March, 2007, New York, USA
The delegation of the Coalition included network representatives from Bangladesh, Egypt, Pakistan, Tunisia and Turkey with WWHR-New Ways on official government delegation. The meeting was a great success for the Coalition as well as other NGOs as the commission included progressive demands with a human rights and gender equality perspective.


UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS (UNGASS)
28 May – 2 June, 2006, New York, USA
The delegation of the Coalition included 14 network representatives from Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Tunisia and Turkey. In addition to advocacy and lobbying efforts our delegation organized two panels entitled Sexuality and HIV/AIDS in South/Southeast Asia and Sexuality Education in Muslim Majority Countries and the Fight against HIV/AIDS.


Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)
Forum: How Does Change Happen?

27-30 October, 2005, Bangkok, Thailand
CSBR organized the panel session on “Gender, Sexuality and Law Reform in Muslim Societies” with presentations from Indonesia, Morocco and Turkey on recent law reforms concerning sexual rights.


International Women’s Health Meeting (IWHM)
21-25 September, 2005, New Delhi, India
CSBR organized the panel session on “Sexual Health and Rights in Muslim Societies: Emerging Challenges” with presentations from Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Turkey.


Beijing+10: 49th Special Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
27 February – 11 March, 2005, New York, USA
The delegation of the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies, coordinated by WWHR – New Ways, consisted of 18 prominent activists from eight countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South/Southeast Asia: Bangladesh, Egypt, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Philippines, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen. The delegation delivered one of the most progressive NGO statements during the session.


ESCWA Arab Population Forum
19–21 November, 2004, Beirut, Lebanon
The Arab Population Forum, co-organised by UNESCWA, UNFPA and LAS, was the final regional meeting within the scope of ICPD+10. CSBR members from Lebanon and Turkey participated at the Forum and issued an NGO statement. Endorsed by 30 leading NGOs from the region, the statement was the first of its kind issued in a regional meeting in the Arab region, declaring sexual rights as human rights and calling on governments to take concrete step to overcome violations.