CSBR Sexuality Institute
Please find attached and below the open call for applications for the CSBR Sexuality Institute (August 16-23, 2008). Thanks to everyone who sent applications early, they will ha priority. There are still a few open spaces available, so those interested, please make sure to send an application by May 15. Please circulate the call to those who may be interested. The application is also available online at http://www.wwhr. org/news. php?detay= 25.
Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR)
Sexuality Institute 2008
16-23 August 2008, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
***Deadline for Applications: May 15, 2008***
The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) is pleased to announce the CSBR Sexuality Institute 2008 to be held between August 16th and 23rd 2008 in Malaysia. The Institute will bring together leading NGO representatives, researchers, practitioners and policymakers for a holistic interdisciplinary program combining history, theory and politics of sexuality with applications of advocacy, and fieldwork. The CSBR Sexuality Institute is designed as a comprehensive curriculum on sexuality and sexual rights in Muslim societies with an in depth discussion of sexual and reproductive health and rights at the global level.
The realization of sexual and reproductive health and rights is an integral part of gender equality, development and social justice. However, sexuality continues to be a contested domain and site of political power struggles across the globe. Increasing global militarism, conservatism, and nationalism over the last decades provoked a serious backlash on sexual and reproductive health and rights, both at the United Nations level, as well as on national contexts. In Muslim societies, many issues around sexuality remain a taboo, while human rights violations in the domain of sexuality continue to be legitimized through the misuse of religion, tradition, and culture. The post 9/11 context, with increased Islamophobia and the rise of political Islam, poses further challenges for researchers, practitioners and advocates in Muslim societies.
As a Coalition actively working to promote sexual, reproductive and bodily health and rights in Muslim societies, the experience of CSBR has revealed that the limited erudition and expertise on sexuality issues in our contexts constitute an obstacle to advancements in this field. Given the current debates and polarizations, it is more pertinent than ever to strengthen critical insight into historical and contemporary aspects of the power struggles around sexuality, enhance knowledge and capacity on sexual health and rights, and build an inclusive and affirmative discourse on sexuality in Muslim societies. As such, the CSBR Sexuality Institute provides a unique opportunity to create a better understanding of sexuality in Muslim societies and further the efforts to advance sexual, reproductive and bodily health and rights.
The Institute is designed to advance participants’ knowledge, understanding and advocacy skills for sexual, reproductive and bodily health and rights, while strengthening their theoretical background and analysis of sexuality in Muslim societies and introducing CSBR’s holistic and affirmative discourse on sexuality.
To this end, the aims of the CSBR Sexuality Institute are:
To develop a deeper theoretical understanding of sexuality through a historical overview and analysis of current issues and debates at the global level;
To provide a comprehensive and holistic understanding of sexuality in Muslim societies through a discussion of the history, legal frameworks, current discourses and issues;
To enhance participants’ sexual rights advocacy skills on national and international levels;
To increase participants’ capacity as leading advocates, practitioners and researchers on sexuality issues at national, regional and international levels
About the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR)
Founded in 2001, the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) is an international solidarity network of organizations, researchers and academics working to promote sexual, bodily and reproductive rights as human rights in Muslim Societies. CSBR includes members from Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yemen. Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR) – New Ways (www.wwhr.org), the co-founder of the Coalition, acts as the international coordination office of CSBR. As the only international network working on sexual and bodily rights in Muslim societies, CSBR has played a pivotal role in terms of advocacy, activism and research on sexual and bodily health and rights in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.
CSBR has succeeded in creating an alternative discourse and progressive spaces around sexuality and sexual rights in Muslim societies. Advocating to eliminate customary practices and discriminatory attitudes related to women’s sexuality, such as honor crimes, sexual violence, marital rape, sexual harassment, discrimination based on sexual orientation, restrictions on women’s mobility, forced/early marriages, CSBR has catalyzed and supported advocacy efforts on national levels, such as supporting campaigns for penal and civil code reform in countries like Turkey, Morocco and Palestine, while also working at international platforms and the UN. CSBR has pioneered the very first international meetings on sexual and reproductive rights in countries such as Lebanon and Tunisia, where previously sexuality was not an issue for discussion, and launched international campaigns and actions on sexual rights and freedoms, human rights violations, reproductive rights, and the right to
organize in many countries, including Malaysia, Lebanon, Egypt, Pakistan, Palestine, and Iran.
More information on CSBR is available at http://www.wwhr. org/csbr. php.
Organization of the Institute & Faculty
The Institute is designed as an intense 6 day participatory training with 20 participants. The language of the Institute will be English. Travel and accommodation costs for the participants will be covered by the Institute.
Issues addressed will include a conceptual and historical framework of sexuality; contemporary discourses and debates around sexuality and sexual rights in Muslim societies; shariah and sexuality; sexual diversities; sexuality and human rights; sexual health; sexual health and rights advocacy. The Institute will also incorporate sessions focused on application and experience-sharing including a session on CSBR; a roundtable featuring presentations and discussions of participants’ work on sexuality; and a panel with Malaysian activists.
The faculty will consist of CSBR members with expertise on given topics, and internationally renowned experts in the field of sexuality.
To apply please complete the application form below and return it with a C.V. to liz.amado@wwhr. org by May 15, 2008.
CSBR Sexuality Institute 2008
16-23 August 2008, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
***Application deadline: May 15, 2008***
Please return the completed form and a C.V. to liz.amado@wwhr. org
Requirements for Application:
Eligible applicants for the Institute must:
Have a minimum of 2 years experience working in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights;
Have a commitment to undertake efforts to promote sexual and bodily health and rights at national and international levels;
Represent an organization/ institution engaged in sexual and reproductive health and rights advocacy, research or fieldwork;
Be fluent in English;
Please attach your CV.
The Institute will be limited to 20 participants, as it is designed as participatory group training. The applications will be reviewed by the CSBR Training Committee.
Mobile Phone Number:
1) Please state your position and title in your organization:
2) How many years have you been working with this organization?
3) Please describe your professional background, interests and the work that you do in relation to sexuality and sexual rights, including experience at national, regional and international levels (maximum 200 words).
4) Please briefly describe if/how you and your organization are familiar with CSBR and if you have had previous involvement with CSBR (maximum 100 words):
5) Please explain why you want to participate in the CSBR Sexuality Institute. What you expect to gain from and contribute to the Institute? (maximum 200 words)
6) Please describe your future plans and aspirations in terms of your work on sexuality. What efforts do you plan to undertake in this field in the future? (maximum 150 words)
7) Please discuss one or two main emerging issues around sexuality in your national contexts and Muslim societies. What do you perceive as challenges and as opportunities in this field? (maximum 200 words)
8) Please provide the name and contact details for 2 reference people:
Reference Person #1
Reference Person #2
Thank you! Please return the completed form and a C.V. to liz.amado@wwhr. org
by May 15, 2008.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR) – New Ways
Email: newways@wwhr. org / sgoknur@gmail. com
Tel: +90 212 251 00 29
Fax: +90 212 251 00 65
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