To empower queer women towards greater involvement and presence in the community
Advocacy for LBTQ women's rights at CEDAW
Sayoni was at the United Nations in Geneva in October 2017 to bring Singapore LBTQ women's issues to the forefront. The CEDAW Committee heard our concerns and raised recommendations related to LBTQ women in their Concluding Observations for the Singapore government.
Sayoni is a Singapore-based feminist, volunteer-run organisation that works to uphold human rights protections for queer women, including lesbian, bisexual and transgender women. We organise and advocate for equality in well-being and dignity regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and sex characteristics.

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The United Nations experience has been particularly uplifting for us. Most moving of all for us is to see the UN CEDAW committee’s efforts to understand the issues of discrimination against women in every country. They asked us thoughtful questions about our social, political and cultural context.  There were times that they went out of their way to be encouraging to us knowing how difficult things can be.

Moving around the United Nations allowed us to catch a glimpse of the many atrocities committed against fellow human beings. We were horrified to see the state of the human condition and the cruelty committed by perpetrators.

At the same time our presence here now is a result of the seed planted by other human rights defenders. Back in 2007, IGLHRC lobbied a committee member to ask the Singapore government about discrimination against homosexuals. The replied came back as there was none. When we saw that, we were outraged. This single act of activism and question became the impetus of our 3 years journey into CEDAW. With much optimism, we hope that our efforts will spark off initiatives back home.


Follow our tweets on the Singapore govt's response to the CEDAW committee on the 22nd of July 10pm to 5am. (Singapore time)

22nd of July 10am - 5pm (New York City time)

See our media advisory to learn more about CEDAW, the Committee’s questions and the State’s responses.

For updates on Sayoni’s participation in CEDAW, visit:

1. the website at
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3. Twitter at _sayoni



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