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Sayoni Camp 2016
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Friday, 17 June 2016 00:32


Sayoni Camp is back! Our self-development getaway will run from 6-8 August 2016. Make new friends, have fun in the sun, and enjoy a journey of discovery!


We aim to provide a fun-filled and meaningful experience for all campers. Our goal is to promote self-development and growth.


We welcome all queer women to join us for an unforgettable weekend getaway. Limited early bird rate ends 30 June.


More details at www.sayoni.com/camp2016.

 

 
Job Opportunity: Sayoni Program Executive
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Written by sayoni   
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 12:03

 

hiring

 

Founded in 2007, Sayoni is a community of queer women, including lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, who organize and advocate for equality in well-being and dignity regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. We are looking for a full- or part-time staff member to drive our programs and start new ones. Fresh graduates are welcome – we promise you will learn a lot on the job!


Responsibilities

The Program Executive helps to conceptualize, manage and execute programs for Sayoni, including the following duties:

  • Run programs and organize events in line with strategic plan
  • Support advocacy for Sayoni's programs and other related issues at the local and international levels
  • Engage with relevant state- and non-state stakeholders
  • Assist in drafting materials (e.g. for human rights reports)
  • Coordinate internal and external meetings
  • Create presentations to market programs and proposals
  • Provide support for relevant programs as required

Description

  • Work part-time for 3–4 days a week OR full-time from home
  • Pay package will be commensurate with your experience and qualifications

Qualifications

  • Singaporean or PR
  • Identifies as queer and feminist, and shares Sayoni’s values
  • Interest in/knowledge of SOGIE (LGBTIQ) rights/human rights mechanisms preferred
  • Interest in social sciences and humanities research a plus
  • Excellent interpersonal and event management skills
  • Able to communicate fluently in English
  • Willing to travel overseas
  • Motivated and able to work independently
  • Tertiary qualifications preferred

 

How to apply

Interested? Email [email protected] with your resume/CV and a cover letter about your skills and background by 29 February 2016.

If you have the right skills, passion and politics, we want to hear from you. Please mention ‘Program Executive’ in the subject line.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016 22:31
 
Court of Appeal’s Verdict on 377a Constitutional Challenge: A Missed Opportunity
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Written by sayoni   
Thursday, 30 October 2014 17:25

Joint Statement by Singapore’s LGBT Community Groups

SINGAPORE, Thursday, October 30, 2014 –
We are greatly shocked and disappointed by the Court of Appeal’s ruling against appeals brought forth by Kenneth Chee, Gary Lim, and Tan Eng Hong, thereby upholding the constitutionality of Section 377a of the Penal Code criminalising sex between men.

Despite the authorities’ claim that this law will not be enforced, the existence of Section 377a has a wide-ranging effect not just on Singapore’s Gay men, but also its Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities.

It gives carte blanche for discrimination and reinforces prejudice, leading to censorship in the media and the aggravation of negative stereotypes, and impacting the health and wellbeing of a significant segment of society.

While we appreciate the Court’s position that it cannot assist in providing a judicial remedy to what it views as a legislative issue, we cannot accept its narrow interpretation of the constitution in this regard, and its view that this is an ‘insistence by a particular group or individual that its/his values be imposed on other groups or individuals’.

It is not an imposition for a segment to seek the same rights as the rest of society. To be viewed as equal in the eyes of the law, to feel safe at home, and to be protected against discrimination, mistreatment, even physical and emotional harm, is a right to which every Singaporean should be entitled, and not denied on the basis of whom they love.

With this verdict, an opportunity to showcase Singapore as a truly accepting, open and inclusive society – and a great place to live, work and play – has been missed. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 02:56
 
Mass Hysteria Relapsed
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Tuesday, 05 August 2014 04:38

Mass Hysteria Relapsed

 

AmOk Collective
Indignation SG
and Sayoni presents:

Mass Hysteria Relapsed


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Attention: Health Notice

Mass Hysteria has spread beyond detention and secondary school graduation. There are no expiry dates, no LUGs, but some spectres continue to haunt.

Shrugging off uniforms and habits, the queerdos set their sights on the world outside, to re-act and negotiate the hysterical and the historical, great tropes and expectations, memory and homophobic violence, nightmarish dyke drama and the life cycles of lezbo love.

Come quantify the insanity. Come queer the jealousy. Just come.


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Showtimes:
24th August, 3pm
24th August, 8pm

Rating: M18 (IDs WILL be checked)

More info -- and the freshest updates -- from the Facebook event!

Get your tickets at the Arts House box office, at the door, or reserve them through this link (opens in new window).

 
Are You LBTQ? Experienced Violence or Discrimination?
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Monday, 09 June 2014 04:40


Have you been teased, bullied or physically locked up or harassed – because you are lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer in some other way? Have you had trouble in school, finding a job or flat, or getting the healthcare services you needed?

Some of us shrug off these daily discriminations as everyday happenings. Others have never spoken about the pain we have suffered. Authority figures can be cold and lack understanding of LBTQ people. Our family members may have turned our backs on us.

Do you have a story of your own to share?

Sayoni is conducting a study on LBTQ experiences of violence and discrimination in Singapore. We are looking for people who identify as women across the LBTQ spectrum who are willing to sit down with us to answer some questions. You should also be 18 and above and have lived in Singapore for more than a year.

Your participation is important to help people understand the real situation on the ground. It will drive Sayoni's advocacy work and shed light on the community's needs.

We will keep your data anonymous and do our utmost to protect the privacy of interviewees. To find out more about our study, please email us at hrd[at]sayoni.com.



Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 21:47
 
Civil society statement on racism and xenophobia
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Wednesday, 28 May 2014 13:30

We, the undersigned, are alarmed by the recent surge of racism and xenophobia in Singapore.  They threaten the human rights of all (especially migrants) and the health of our political conversation.

The key to addressing the economic frustrations felt by many Singaporeans is to amend the economic policies and structures that cause worsening economic inequality and marginalisation.  These inequitable policies were not instituted by migrants and will not automatically disappear if the migrant population decreases.  We urge for the energies of civil society to be directed toward creating a fairer, more equal society for all, including universal labour rights and employment protections.

Focusing on immigrants does not contribute to these structural changes and instead creates an unsafe and divisive society.  We see the widespread use of racist, aggressive and militarised rhetoric on social media, as well as a trend of blaming foreigners for social ills.  Ordinary people have been threatened in public spaces with nationalist and/or anti-foreigner language.  To identify “true blue Singaporeans”, people appeal to prejudices about race, class, skin colour, names, accent, language, and other markers of difference, creating an oppressive society where people constantly discriminate against one another. This supports various forms of discrimination, not just against non-Singaporeans but also among Singaporeans – for example, on the basis of gender, age, disability, class, ethnicity, descent and other characteristics.

This anti-foreigner approach also stifles constructive political discussion.  Some elevate pink identity cards or National Service to sacred emblems of belonging and entitlement, which cannot then be discussed openly and inclusively.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 03:43
 
ASEAN SOGIE Caucus Media Release
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Friday, 14 March 2014 04:39

Media release
March 13, 2014
For immediate release


The ASEAN SOGIE Caucus’ Affirms ‘We Are #ASEANtoo’
& Calls States And People to Support Inclusion of SOGIE in the ASEAN



March 13, 2014 - The ASEAN SOGIE Caucus (ASC) yesterday launched its ‘We are #ASEANtoo’ campaign on its social media sites in the lead up to the ASEAN People’s Forum that will take place in Burma from 21 to 23 March 2014. The social media campaign calls online users to show their support for the inclusion of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression (SOGIE) in the ASEAN by using the hashtag #ASEANtoo as they send supportive tweets and Instagrams.


In addition, the ASC released a summary of laws that discriminate against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans*, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) persons in the ASEAN. This is accompanied by online posters of the ASC’s recommendations to the ASEAN to promote and protect the rights of LGBTIQ persons. The posters can be found in eight major languages used in the ASEAN – Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian, Khmer, Malay, Tamil, Thai, and Vietnamese. The full recommendations can be found on the website.


“The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness regarding the ASC’s recommendations, which address some of the pressing issues concerning LGBTIQ persons in the ASEAN. The ASC calls the government of all ASEAN countries to repeal laws that discriminate against LGBTIQ persons and to comply with human rights standards, establish national level ASEAN mechanisms and review existing human rights instruments, and depathologize SOGIE,” said Hla Myat Tun, of Colors of Rainbow, Myanmar.

 
Come Out Come Home, a Sayoni initiative
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Written by sayoni   
Monday, 05 August 2013 04:23

CouCH

 

Every movement starts with the few who step out a little further than the rest, and change happens from there. By coming out and being visible as an LGBTQ person or ally, we encourage others to step out of their closets, too.

COuCH, which stands for Come Out Come Home, is a Sayoni community initiative to encourage and support LGBTQ persons and allies to come out or be more out than they already are. In particular, we hope to reach LGBTQ persons who are or are trying to be ready to come out.

The movement was inspired by studies which have shown that there are many positive effects when LGBTQ persons come out. This is also about celebrating the people – families, friends, and/or peers – who love, accept and support us, and thus encourage us to be out. COuCH aims to empower and provide visibility to the LGBTQ community and our allies. This helps the world understand that we are part of and play many different roles in society.

From 3 August 2013, genuine stories about Singaporeans coming out, as a queer person or ally, will be published and streamed online through a dedicated website (COuCH.sg) and its Facebook Page.

As one of Sayoni’s founders, Jean Chong, said at the launch of the movement at Indignation 2013 on Saturday, “We often talk about the need to dialogue with those on the opposing side... But the dialogue needs to start in our homes, with our community, with our friends, and most importantly with ourselves.”

We call on all LGBTQ persons and allies who can come out, wish to come out or feel they are ready to, to participate by sharing your photos and stories, uploading a video, making a pledge with us to come out, or contributing funds to support the initiative. The campaign peaks on 11 Oct, International Coming Out Day, with a special event.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

READ
Website: www.couch.sg
Facebook: www.facebook.com/couch2013

JOIN IN
Share, upload, pledge or contribute: www.couch.sg/participate

LINKS TO RESOURCES

Sayoni's Coming Out Guide: In PDF format / Hard copy format


 
Sayoni at IndigNation 2013
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Sunday, 14 July 2013 01:16


As part of IndigNation 2013, Sayoni will be hosting two events. "Same-Sex Parenting: Raising New Standards" features a special afternoon with queer parents, while "Southeast Gaysia!" casts the spotlight on the little-known revolution happening in Asia.

We will also mark the launch of our new campaign, "Come Out Come Home", a movement to support all queer/LGBTIQ persons who wish to come out or be more out, and which celebrates and supports the allies who enable their LGBTIQ family, friends and colleagues to come out.

Here's the latest schedule. More info - and event links - can be found on the IndigNation Facebook page.


SATURDAY 3 AUG // 5PM
IndigNation 2013 Opening - Faith in the Future

SUNDAY 4 AUG // 2-6PM
Same-sex Parenting: Raising New Standards

FRIDAY 9 AUG // 5PM till late
Pink Picnic

SATURDAY 10 AUG // 8PM
I Will Survive with Music

THURSDAY 15 AUG // 8PM
Gaylien Invasion: A Night of LGBT Science Fiction

SUNDAY 18 AUG // 2-6PM
Be With Me: An OC Women workshop for women who love women

FRIDAY 23 AUG // 8PM
Akka (அக்கா): a reading of Singapore’s first queer Tamil play

SUNDAY 25 AUG // 3PM
Transcending Gender

SATURDAY 31 AUG // 4PM
Southeast Gaysia!

SATURDAY 31 AUG // 7:30PM
ContraDiction: an evening of LGBT literature


ABOUT INDIGNATION
IndigNation, an annual showcase of the Singapore LGBT community’s diversity, is now in its 9th edition.

Over the last eight years, IndigNation has showcased many facets of Singapore's LGBT community. From talks to film screenings, art exhibitions to illicit mass runs and flash mob picnics, Singapore’s homegrown Pride season has celebrated the visible and not-so-visible aspects of our country’s sexual minorities.

This year, our theme is "Faith in the Future", looking ahead to what possibilities there are for the LGBT community - not just about LGBT rights, but how we envision our future as LGBT people in Singapore.

Come and dream and hope together - because the only future we can have is the one we dare to dream of.


 
Participants Wanted for Sayoni's Youth Focus Group
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Tuesday, 11 June 2013 03:50

participants-wanted-for-focus-group

 

Following on our first successful session, Sayoni is hosting a 3-hour group discussion to understand queer/LGBTQ youth experiences in the family environment. The information collected will not be identifiable.

If you are of an age below 18 and would like to participate, please register here.

Your participation will inform future advocacy by Sayoni.



 
Be a Sayoni Volunteer
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Saturday, 11 May 2013 16:33

volunteer_with_sayoni

 

Do you like doing your part for a meaningful cause? Do you feel that you have something to give to the community? Would you like the chance to grow through valuable working experiences? Would you like to make a difference to someone's life — someone like you?

Sayoni is actively seeking volunteers to contribute to our growing needs. A wide range of opportunities are available, covering skills as diverse as copywriting, event organisation and academic research. You may volunteer for a one-off/short-term project or for a longer effort.

Whether you are a seasoned volunteer or completely new to volunteerism, we welcome you to apply with us and have a conversation.

Examples of our past and ongoing projects include:

We are currently not accepting volunteers. You may continue to write to us at [email protected] for regular queries.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 September 2013 00:11
 
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