"My Land, Space, Body and Sexuality: Palestinians in the Shadow of the Wall"
babelmed - 24/11/2009
The main aim of “ One Day One Struggle ” campaign organized by the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) , held on the 9th of November 9 is to try to break the “walls” of silence on daily violations of sexual and bodily rights in Palestinian society. The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies is a network founded in 2001, following the “Women, Sexuality and Social Change in the Middle East and Mediterranean Symposium” organized by Women for Women’s Rights in Istanbul, Turkey. The network includes 38 organizational members from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen and Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and the Philippines.
The objective of the campaign was to highlight Israeli structural and legal violations of sexual, bodily, psychological, social and economic rights of Palestinians in a patriarchal social context, restraining individual freedoms, perpetuating women’s inferior status and imposing silence on physical, psychological and sexual violations committed against women.
This day was organized in 11 Arab and Muslim countries with the participation of more than 20 organizations.
Sexuality and bodily rights are an integral part of human rights and essential to understanding the effect of militarization in conflict situations.
During the past years these rights have been frequently violated in several countries by the enactment of laws that undermine reproductive and sexual rights. An example is the “nationality” law in Israel affecting people’s right to choose their partners. In conflict ridden areas, young girls and women are suffering serious violations of their bodily, sexuality and reproductive rights such as unsafe abortions, imposed child marriage and other kinds of violence against women.
The campaign " My Land, Space, Body and Sexuality: Palestinians in the Shadow of the Wall ", highlights the need to intensify efforts aiming at protecting Palestinian men and women and to struggle against all forms of physical, sexual, psychological, political and social prejudice, oppression, discrimination and violence.
For more info :
Mada Al-Carmel – Mr. Nawaf Athamneh – +972- 052-665-3226 or +972 04-855-2035 firstname.lastname@example.org
Muntada – Sexuality Forum – Ms. Safa Tamish – +972 054-330-2209 email@example.com
Information gathered by Elizabeth Grech