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Our CEDAW journey - Journal 3
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Written by jean   
Friday, 22 July 2011 20:29

 

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We have had so little time to write about our CEDAW journey here due to the frantic pace. I believe if we try, most of our sentences will be incoherent anyway due to the fatigue level we’re experiencing.


But we soldier on. We are doing everything we can because so many people are depending on us to speak up for them. The joke between us is that we have only seen a two-block radius of New York between the hotel and the United Nations.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 July 2011 01:13
 
Our CEDAW journey - Journal 2
Articles - LGBT Rights, Politics & World News
Written by jean   
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 09:53

 

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In this series, our CEDAW team over at UN will be sharing with our readers the journey they are undertaking, in order to present the Sayoni CEDAW Shadow Report. They have already presented their report before the CEDAW Committee, and are now awaiting the government's presentation to the Committee. You may read the Government's report here.

We had the most difficult flight while on the way to New York. With multiple wailing babies on a long flight, we were convinced it was the government’s way of torturing us for the audacity of writing a country shadow report in CEDAW highlighting the plight of sexual minority women.


People often asked us why we are always dreaming the impossible. There were criticisms on the effectiveness of this human rights treaty and that better focus should be put on grassroot movements. At the same time, there was also a tremendous amount of support from the community and international friends.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 July 2011 01:16
 
Our CEDAW journey - Journal 2
Articles - CEDAW
Written by jean   
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 09:53

 

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In this series, our CEDAW team over at UN will be sharing with our readers the journey they are undertaking, in order to present the Sayoni CEDAW Shadow Report. They have already presented their report before the CEDAW Committee, and are now awaiting the government's presentation to the Committee. You may read the Government's report here.

We had the most difficult flight while on the way to New York. With multiple wailing babies on a long flight, we were convinced it was the government’s way of torturing us for the audacity of writing a country shadow report in CEDAW highlighting the plight of sexual minority women.


People often asked us why we are always dreaming the impossible. There were criticisms on the effectiveness of this human rights treaty and that better focus should be put on grassroot movements. At the same time, there was also a tremendous amount of support from the community and international friends.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 July 2011 01:16
 
Our CEDAW journey - Journal 1
Articles - LGBT Rights, Politics & World News
Written by Kelly   
Monday, 18 July 2011 20:49

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In this series, our CEDAW team over at UN will be sharing with our readers the journey they are undertaking, in order to present the Sayoni CEDAW Shadow Report  We wish all the luck to Jean, Kelly and Vanessa, for their presentation before the UN.

 

Sometimes, a little thing you start can take a life of its own. Sayoni's CEDAW project was one of those.


CEDAW is an international Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, for which States and NGOs make periodic reports about their countries. It is significant because it is one of only two international human rights treaty that Singapore has ratified and the State has asserted consistently that it would only ratify conventions that it is prepared to implement.


In 2008, AWARE started a series of workshops to prepare their CEDAW shadow report. Jean and I attended their training. Initially, we had planned to include our concerns as lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in AWARE's report. However, we later decided to prepare our own report in order to give the issues due prominence.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 July 2011 01:15
 
Our CEDAW journey - Journal 1
Articles - CEDAW
Written by Kelly   
Monday, 18 July 2011 20:49

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In this series, our CEDAW team over at UN will be sharing with our readers the journey they are undertaking, in order to present the Sayoni CEDAW Shadow Report  We wish all the luck to Jean, Kelly and Vanessa, for their presentation before the UN.

 

Sometimes, a little thing you start can take a life of its own. Sayoni's CEDAW project was one of those.


CEDAW is an international Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, for which States and NGOs make periodic reports about their countries. It is significant because it is one of only two international human rights treaty that Singapore has ratified and the State has asserted consistently that it would only ratify conventions that it is prepared to implement.


In 2008, AWARE started a series of workshops to prepare their CEDAW shadow report. Jean and I attended their training. Initially, we had planned to include our concerns as lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in AWARE's report. However, we later decided to prepare our own report in order to give the issues due prominence.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 July 2011 01:15
 
Singapore LBT's concerns debut at United Nations review (CEDAW)
Articles - LGBT Rights, Politics & World News
Written by jean   
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 02:46

Media advisory


13 July 2011

 

Singaporean lesbian, bisexual and transgender women’s concerns debut at UN review

 

On 22 July 2011, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women will review Singapore’s progress with eliminating discrimination against women during the 49th CEDAW session at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

The State of Singapore and Non-Governmental Organisations have submitted reports and during the session, will engage in dialogue with the Committee. The Committee will then make its Concluding Observations, which identifies areas of concern and makes recommendations for progress.

For the first time, the concerns of lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LBT) women are represented by Sayoni during this process. Sayoni will highlight prevalent and systematic discrimination against women based on sexual orientation and gender identity across social, cultural, political and economic spheres of Singapore.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2011 20:58
 
Singapore LBT's concerns debut at United Nations review (CEDAW)
Articles - CEDAW
Written by jean   
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 02:46

Media advisory


13 July 2011

 

Singaporean lesbian, bisexual and transgender women’s concerns debut at UN review

 

On 22 July 2011, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women will review Singapore’s progress with eliminating discrimination against women during the 49th CEDAW session at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

The State of Singapore and Non-Governmental Organisations have submitted reports and during the session, will engage in dialogue with the Committee. The Committee will then make its Concluding Observations, which identifies areas of concern and makes recommendations for progress.

For the first time, the concerns of lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LBT) women are represented by Sayoni during this process. Sayoni will highlight prevalent and systematic discrimination against women based on sexual orientation and gender identity across social, cultural, political and economic spheres of Singapore.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2011 20:58
 
Sign the petition to protest discrimination in football
Articles - LGBT Rights, Politics & World News
Written by sayoni   
Saturday, 25 June 2011 09:52

We would like to call on our readers to support this petition to protest the discrimination against lesbian football players: click here

 

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FIFA: Call Out this Foul Play

Even before the Women's World Cup kicks off this Sunday, June 26, the rules have already been broken. 

For the past two years the Nigerian Football Federation has conducted a witch-hunt to kick women off the national team who were suspected of being gay. And the team's coach just bragged to the New York Times that she has dealt with “the big problem” of lesbianism. 

FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, has a powerful record of fighting discrimination. Now as Nigeria takes the field in the Women's World Cup opening game, FIFA needs to give coach Uche the red card: publicly condemn systematic discrimination and take the necessary steps to end homophobia in the league.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 June 2011 09:56
 
Pinkdot 2011
Articles - Events
Written by sayoni   
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 18:25

 

In exactly one month, on 18 June 2011, Singaporeans will, for the third year running, gather at Hong Lim Park to form a human pink dot in support of the belief that everyone deserves the freedom to love.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 June 2011 09:51
 
Breaking News: s377A appeal fails at High Court (Singapore)
Articles - LGBT Rights, Politics & World News
Written by sayoni   
Saturday, 19 March 2011 00:18

This is breaking news: no other news media outlet has reported this at the time of publishing. Sayoni is able to report this based on our own sources closely involved in the case. At the time of writing, the judgment has not been published in Singapore Law Review, or been reported on Singapore Law Watch. The citation of the case, for those interested, is Tan Eng Hong v Attorney General, [2011] SGHC 56. However, Sayoni has obtained a scanned copy of the judgment, which we are glad to attach for the perusal of our readers. Once it has been reported on the Singapore Law Watch, we will be glad to provide that link for our readers.

 

The High Court of Singapore has dismissed the appeal against the decision of the Registrar to strike out the constitutional challenge to s377A, lodged by Mr Tan Eng Hong. The challenge to s377A arose out of the arrest of Mr Tan Eng Hong and another man in a public toilet months ago, as we reported then. He was initially charged under s377A.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 March 2011 00:36
 
Woman pleads guilty to sex act on girl (Singapore)
Articles - LGBT Rights, Politics & World News
Written by Indu   
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 15:58

This news was first published on Channelnewasia.

Sayoni strongly condemns sex with minors, whether they be gay, straight or lesbian. 


Woman pleads guilty to sex act on girl

By Shaffiq Alkhatib | Posted: 16 March 2011 1434 hrs

 

SINGAPORE: A 22-year-old woman pleaded guilty on Wednesday to two counts of performing a sexual act on an underage girl, in what's believed to be the first case of its kind in Singapore.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 March 2011 09:29
 
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