Since 2008, there were many moments that were difficult for us. Because this was a first time involvement, we soon found out that there was widespread ignorance of the issues at hand. Much of the surprises came from seasoned activists in women’s groups and gay people themselves. We realised that all alike has been unable to connect the dots on the multiple institutionalised discrimination across numerous platforms in our government system. We were horrified at what we found and the understanding on how it will impact us at every stage of our lives was chilling. It dawned upon us quickly that there is much work to be done.
One of my most dramatic memories related to our 3 years work on CEDAW was being under siege by extremists in Surabaya. Trapped in my hotel room with death threats looming below the building. Azusa from Japan patiently shared with us her experience at the United Nations. On hindsight, the intolerance and violence we experienced strengthened our resolve to do whatever is necessary to address this injustice.
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