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Hillary Clinton Pledges Support for Global LGBT Rights
Articles - LGBT Rights, Politics & World News
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 23:47

This is the video and transcript of United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech on LGBT rights for Human Rights Day. The Obama Administration is calling for protection of LGBT rights worldwide, including combating violence and abuse, and has committed US$3 million to support international civil rights organisations.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 January 2012 15:14
 
Seksualiti Merdeka: Stop inciting hatred against us! We are citizens of Malaysia
Articles - LGBT Rights, Politics & World News
Written by sayoni   
Saturday, 05 November 2011 18:39

STOP INCITING HATRED AGAINST US! WE ARE CITIZENS OF MALAYSIA


Press Statement by the Organisers of Seksualiti Merdeka 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: seksualiti.merdeka@gmail.com

Date: 5 November 2011

 

We are saddened that many Malaysians, including people’s elected representatives, have seen fit to relentlessly persecute, stigmatise and discriminate all those who have found a safe space to dialogue and share information and knowledge on human rights during Seksualiti Merdeka’s events.

 

We are Malaysian citizens who are being denied our rights to our identity and self-determination. The false allegations and ill-intended remarks made to incite hate towards us are completely unjustified. They have further marginalized a group of Malaysians that have long suffered severe marginalization in society. As a United Nations Human Rights Council member, the Malaysian government should be ashamed for endorsing and encouraging such intimidation and scare tactics.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 January 2012 15:12
 
Online Petition for LGBT Rights at Commonwealth Meeting
Articles - LGBT Rights, Politics & World News
Written by sayoni   
Thursday, 27 October 2011 00:35

We would like to call on our readers to sign this petition, addressed to the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, to support his message of decriminalising homosexuality.

Leaders of 54 Commonwealth nations, including PM Lee, will be meeting in Perth from Oct 28-30 for the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Reports say that human rights will be an important focus of the summit, with news surfacing that there will be a push for these ex-British colonies to repeal their homophobic laws. The issue on people's minds will be the continuing relevance or irrelevance of the Commonwealth as an institution.

 

Link to petition:

http://www.allout.org/en/actions/wearenotillegal

 

Latest news:

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2011/10/26/commonwealth-secretary-general-backs-gay-rights/

Speaking in Perth, Australia, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting, Mr Sharma said Commonwealth countries should “embrace difference” and commit to “tolerance, respect and understanding”.

He said: “We recall the 2009 Affirmation of Commonwealth Values and Principles, which includes a clear commitment to tolerance, respect and understanding. This means we embrace difference, and that includes sexual identity.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2011 01:44
 
Be a Sayoni Volunteer
Articles - Announcements
Saturday, 01 October 2011 18:08

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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:

 

To apply to become a volunteer, please complete our Volunteer Application Form. We will be in touch within 14 days.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 May 2013 16:54
 
Looking for a Good Lesbian Movie (or Two)?
Articles - Entertainment
Thursday, 29 September 2011 22:51

This post is by guest writer Dee Mason, who tells us exactly which LBT movies she would recommend to queer women. Guest posts are the personal views of the writers and may not represent those of Sayoni. Please also note that there will be light spoilers for these movies.



There is something comforting about watching a good lesbian movie. Some of them are weakly plotted and badly acted, but there have been some in recent years which not only have good scriptwriting, but were well-acted and -directed too. In the reviews below I have given a short guide to the plot and some of my own feelings about the movies. Obviously they are my own opinions, but I can’t say I don't hope to influence you into watching them!

 

The Kids Are Alright (2010)

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 02:57
 
Report of s377A Hearing at the Court of Appeal, Singapore
Articles - LGBT Rights, Politics & World News
Written by sayoni   
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 18:09

This article is written by Indulekshmi Rajeswari, one of our active contributors and original founders of Sayoni. She is a law graduate who is currently getting her qualification for the bar. She has been actively involved in the case since last year and is currently the only person on M Ravi's legal team.

Writer's note: As I am intimately involved with the case, it would not be appropriate of me to give my personal thoughts on the matter, especially since the judgment is not out yet. However, a factual account is still warranted.


27th Sept was a fairly historic day. For the very first time, the Court of Appeal in Singapore heard a case relating to sexual orientation. Judgment has been reserved till a later date.

 

The journey to get here has been long and filled with sleepless nights, but I personally am glad I sacrificed sleep (and some sanity).

 

Sayoni has reported on this legal saga that started last year, with M Ravi filing a constitutional challenge against s377A in the name of Tan Eng Hong, someone who was caught for public sex with another man and charged under s377A. The charge was later dropped and substituted with s294(a), concerning an obscene act in public. Subsequently, the AGC filed to strike out the constitutional challenge and eventually, the motion came all the way to the Court of Appeal.

 

The hearing today focused on whether the plaintiff (the Appellant in this case) had the right to even bring the challenge. Both sides had voluminous written arguments. The AGC team was lead by Chief Prosecutor Aedit Abdullah.  It must be noted that Aedit Abdullah is a well-respected Deputy Public Prosecutor who was a former Senior District Judge. He had three assisting counsel, including Teo Guan Siew, whose resume is also fairly impressive. The Appellant's team was led by M Ravi, who is known for having brought various constitutional challenges. At the time of this article, I was the sole person on his legal team.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2011 11:27
 
Congrats to our very own Jean Chong for being shortlisted in the AWARE Heroine award!
Articles - Activism
Written by sayoni   
Monday, 26 September 2011 20:23

 

We are proud to announce that our very own Jean Chong has been shortlisted for the AWARE Heroine Award 2011!
 

 

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The nominations for Singapore’s first gender equality awards were made by members of the public, as

well as members of AWARE. Each nominee has made a significant contribution to promoting gender

equality. For the judges, the key factors for deciding of the shortlist were the effort and impact of the

nominee’s contribution and the nominee’s identification with gender equality.


The judging panel comprised: AWARE board member and education entrepreneur Lindy Ong, playwright Eleanor Wong, journalist Ong Soh Chin, academic Philip Holden
and ambassador-at-large Professor Tommy Koh.

The winners will be unveiled at AWARE's Big Ball fundraising gala on October 17.

 

Further details at http://www.aware.org.sg/2011/09/the-aware-awards-here-are-the-nominees/


Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2011 10:41
 
Concerns at UN Review of Singapore's Gender Equality
Articles - LGBT Rights, Politics & World News
Written by jean   
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 14:07

Concerns at UN Review of Singapore's Gender Equality

AWARE, the Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (H.O.M.E.), Sayoni and the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) express concerns at the UN review of Singapore’s gender equality.


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From left: Vanessa Ho from Sayoni, IWRAW intern Kari Rotkin, Malathi Das from SCWO, Braema Mathi from AWARE, Jean Chong from Sayoni, Nadzirah Samsudin from AWARE, Kelly Then from Sayoni, and Laura Hwang from SCWO

 

1. Gender equality experts from the CEDAW Committee asked more than 100 questions during an intense, five-hour Constructive Dialogue with Singapore’s State delegation at the 49th CEDAW session on 22 July 2011, in the New York headquarters of the United Nations.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 October 2011 15:59
 
Sayoni Sports Weekend
Articles - Announcements

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From 5th to 7th August, Sayoni is hosting a Sports Weekend for all sports enthusiasts and anyone who just wants to play games! Activities range from bowling, basketball, badminton to volleyball and ultimate frisbee. Form your own teams or just sign up and get ready to engage in some healthy fun!

 

Sign up now: http://tinyurl.com/sayonisports

 

About Indignation 2011
http://indignationsg.wordpress.com/2011/06/19/7th-singapore-pride-season-2011-proud-to-be/

 


 
Our CEDAW journey - Oral Statement to CEDAW committee on the 18th of July
Articles - LGBT Rights, Politics & World News
Written by sayoni   
Thursday, 28 July 2011 21:53

 

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Editor's note: This is the oral statement by Sayoni, delivered by Kelly, before the UN last week. Our team has completed their duties at CEDAW, and we await their return from New York so that we can congratulate them on a job well done.

 

Madam Chair,

I am from Sayoni and represent women in Singapore on sexual orientation and gender identity. The State has said that there is no discrimination against homosexuals in Singapore. Our research and experience show otherwise. The most pressing issues are:

In the Law

Legislation inherited from the British criminalises sexual intercourse between men. This criminalisation sets the stage and cascades. It condones discrimination against lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, and it prevents equality of access, opportunities and outcomes for us in public policy.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2011 03:13
 
Our CEDAW journey - Journal 4
Articles - LGBT Rights, Politics & World News
Written by jean   
Monday, 25 July 2011 20:42

 

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There were tears when I contemplated on all the things we have done at the eve of the Singapore government's session with the CEDAW committee. They were not of sadness or regret but a crescendo of the many emotions that swept us daily throughout the last week.


We spoke about the victims of violence we know of and the silence that surrounds invisible women. Or the many gay men and women we know that lingers at the edge of existence. We tried to put a name to the shame and pain that tortures our community endlessly and the insistent ignorance of those who claimed that they understand but know nothing. And did nothing.


With determination flashing in her eyes Kelly quietly said to me, "We have to make this happen. We must." That was the deciding tone when we raced down the stairways and corridors in the United Nations every day.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 July 2011 23:31
 
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