"One Day, One Struggle" to Promote Human Rights Across Muslim Societies: Second Round

Advocates in Twelve Countries Gather for Milestone in History of Sexual and Reproductive Rights Movement
IGLHRC believes that a vital part of our mission is supporting the work of activist organizations and allies by disseminating important information on human rights issues affecting LGBT communities worldwide. To this end we are posting this article from "One Day, One Struggle."

On November 9, 2010, a diverse group of nongovernmental organizations will stage bold actions in 12 countries to promote human rights. As part of the historic international campaign "One Day One Struggle" organized by the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR), over 40 organizations will hold simultaneous public demonstrations and events to assert that sexual and reproductive rights are universal human rights based on the inherent freedom, dignity and equality of all human beings.

"One Day One Struggle" is designed to raise awareness of how human rights—including sexual and reproductive rights—have been under attack in Muslim societies. Rising conservatism fueled by militarism, increasing inequalities, the politicization of religion and Islamophobia have strengthened patriarchal and extremist religious ideologies that use sexuality as a tool of oppression. This has manifested itself in various forms over the last year, be it as the revocation of the permit for the permit for the regional Asia Conference of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association by the police in Indonesia, or the harassment of conference participants by radical Islamic groups, or political pressure on a women’s group promoting women’s rights in Islam in Malaysia, or women like Sakineh Ashtiani being sentenced to death by stoning in Iran, or killings of hundreds of women and transsexuals in Turkey under the pretext of honor.

During the 1-Day Campaign that promises to be a milestone event in the history of the sexual and reproductive rights movement, hundreds will hundreds will gather at panels, workshops, video and film screenings, theater performances, photo exhibitions and press release hearings in Bangladesh, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan, Palestine, Sudan, Tunisia and Turkey to assert that sexual and reproductive rights are universal human rights based on the inherent freedom, dignity and equality of all human beings.

CSBR is a globally renowned solidarity network of progressive NGOs and premier academic institutions in the Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, working to promote sexual and bodily rights as human rights in Muslim societies. www.wwhr.org/csbr.php

For more information, please contact Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR) - New Ways at: sezen.yalcin@wwhr.org - Tel: +90 212 251 00 29

More information on campaign events and press release will be available next week.

You can contact following organizations for further details on select campaign events:

LEBANON

BANGLADESH

EGYPT

GHANA

  • RUWACDA (Rural Urban Women and Children Development Agency): bbabdulai.ruwacda@gmail.com
  • Partners In Development
  • Ashaiman Network of NGOs (ANNGO)

INDONESIA

MALAYSIA

  • Sisters In Islam (SIS): nazreen@sistersinislam.org.my
  • Women’s Aid Organisation
  • All Women’s Action Society (AWAM)
  • Pink Triangle (PT) Foundation

PALESTINE

PAKISTAN

TUNISIA

TURKEY
In Turkey, the Campaign actions will take place in 9 cities, these are namely; Istanbul, Van, Diyarbakır, Canakkale, Mugla, Ankara, Izmir, Antalya and Hatay.

  • Istanbul - Women for Women’s Human Rights – New Ways: zeynep.ozdal@wwhr.org
  • Istanbul - Ümraniye: Atasehir Municipality
  • Istanbul - Gazi: Gazi Society Center
  • Van: Van Women Association (VAKAD)
  • Diyarbakir: Dikasum, Epidem, Selis, Kardelen, Ceren, Bağlar Women Cooperative
  • Canakkale: Barbaros-Toria-Esenler Society Center, Elder - Women Support Center, Çanakkale Municipality Social Works Department
  • Mugla/Marmaris: Marmaris Women Support Association
  • Ankara: Directorate of Social Services and Protection of Children Mamak Society Center
  • Izmir: Izmir Metropolitian Municipality’s City Council Women Assembly, Izmir Human Rights Education Program (HREP) Groups
  • Antalya: Akdeniz University
  • Hatay: Human Rights Education Program (HREP) Groups