16 Days of Activism

CTDC has participated in the 16 Days of activism campaign aiming to raise awareness about violence against all women, including trans and lesbian women. 1morecup in collaboration with Mosaic and in partnership with Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beirut, Intersos, Centre for Transnational Development and Collaboration, Mawjoudin We Exist and Mesahat for Sexual and Gender Diversity, produced two video products narrating the stories of two women, who experiences sexual and gender based violence in Lebanon.

Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) are still a problem all women face, including gender conforming and gender non-conforming women. Trans and lesbian women face multiple discriminations, not only because of they are women but also because of their gender identity and sexual orientation. The videos aim to show first hand experiences of two women, aiming to raise awareness about the severity of the issues they face.

Videos:

#TRANS speaks about #ViolenceAgainstWomen#HumanRightsDay #16Days of #Activism to End #ViolenceAgainstWomen #ALL_WOMEN #OragneTheWorld #TRANS #humanrights this production was fully supported by 1morecup in collaboration with Mosaic and in partnership with Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beirut, Intersos, Centre for Transnational Development and Collaboration, Mawjoudin We Exist and Mesahat for Sexual and Gender DiversityNotwithstanding the severity of SGBV against all women which includes both gender conforming women and women with non-conforming gender and/or sexual orientations, this video, first and foremost, hopes to underline firsthand experiences of women with non-conforming gender and/or sexual orientations living in Lebanon. Trans*Women face harsh discrimination on a daily basis, from physical violence to verbal abuse, from mockery to exclusion, not to mention the threats of bloodshed that they encounter.As part of our fight against SGBV, it is time for ALL women to challenge the standard prevailing narrative.على الرغم من شدّة العنف الجنسي والقائم على النوع الاجتماعي،الموجّه ضد كل النساء، والذي يشمل النساء المطابقات للنوع الاجتماعي كما المخالفات للأدوار الاجتماعية و/أو التوجّهات الجنسية، على حد سواء، يأمل هذا الفيديو، أولاً وقبل كل شيء، بأن يسلّط الضوء على التجارب المباشرة للنساء المقيمات في لبنان، اللواتي لا يتقيّدن بالتوجهات الجنسية والأدوار الاجتماعيةالسائدة في المجتمع. فقد هيمنت المؤسسات الرسمية والاجتماعية والتعليمية،كما وأصحاب المهن الطبية، وحتى العائلات، وحدّت الاحتمالات لاستفادة هؤلاء النساء من فرص متكافئة في حياة حرّة وكريمة. تواجه متغيرات الجنس التمييز القاسي على أساس يومي ، من العنف الجسدي للإساءة اللفظية ، من سخرية للإقصاء ، عوضاً عن التهديدات بسفق الدماء في إطار كفاحنا ضد العنف الجنسي والقائم على النوع الاجتماعي، “لا بد من إسماع أصوات كل النساء من أجل تحدّي السردية النموذجية السائدة في الوقاية من العنف”.

Posted by Mosaic on Thursday, December 10, 2015

16Days of Activism to end #ViolenceAgainstWomen#16Days of #Activism to End #ViolenceAgainstWomen #ALL_WOMEN this production was fully supported by 1morecup in collaboration with Mosaic and in partnership with Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beirut UNHCR Lebanon Intersos Centre for Transnational Development and Collaboration Mawjoudin We Exist Mesahat for Sexual and Gender DiversityNotwith standing the severity of SGBV against all women, which includes both gender conforming women and women with non-conforming gender and/or sexual orientations, this video, first and foremost, hopes to underline firsthand experiences of women with non-conforming gender and/or sexual orientations living in Lebanon. These women’s prospects for an equal opportunity at a dignified and free living have been controlled and limited by state, social, and educational institutions, medical professionals, and even their own families. على الرغم من شدّة العنف الجنسي والقائم على النوع الاجتماعي،الموجّه ضد كل النساء، والذي يشمل النساء المطابقات للنوع الاجتماعي كما المخالفات للأدوار الاجتماعية و/أو التوجّهات الجنسية، على حد سواء، يأمل هذا الفيديو، أولاً وقبل كل شيء، بأن يسلّط الضوء على التجارب المباشرة للنساء المقيمات في لبنان، اللواتي لا يتقيّدن بالتوجهات الجنسية والأدوار الاجتماعيةالسائدة في المجتمع. فقد هيمنت المؤسسات الرسمية والاجتماعية والتعليمية،كما وأصحاب المهن الطبية، وحتى العائلات، وحدّت الاحتمالات لاستفادة هؤلاء النساء من فرص متكافئة في حياة حرّة وكريمة.Nonobstant la gravité des VSBG envers toutes les femmes, qui comprend à la fois les femmes conformes aux genres et celles aux orientations non conformes, cette vidéo, d’abord et avant tout, espère souligner les expériences de première main des femmes vivant au Liban, avec des orientations non conformes de genre et / ou de sexualités. Les prospectives de ces femmes, pour des chances égales à une vie digne et libre, ont été contrôlées et limitées par l’Etat, les institutions sociales et éducatives, les professionnels de la santé, et même leurs propres familles.

Posted by Mosaic on Thursday, November 26, 2015

Women Asylum Seekers in the UK – Short Film

In collaboration with Hope Projects in Birmingham, Anti-Type Films and the Twelve 01 Project, CTDC has produced a short documentary film about women asylum seekers in the UK and the challenges they face awaiting their case to be determined. The film is based on interviews with women asylum seekers, academics and practitioners.

It highlights many of the issues women face including destitution, sex work and lack of material resources. Research for this film demonstrated that the issue of destitution is particularly challenging and showed that asylum law indirectly encourages women to have children, while waiting for their asylum, in order for them to not become destitute. This film also shows that the experience of women asylum seekers is different from men asylum seekers, and that it is particularly challenging for women, if they come to the UK as dependent on a male relative or partner.

The film does not only explore the processes of asylum and how it affects women negatively, but it also shows how women also face other challenges, which are in most cases not talked about within conversations about asylum. For example, women feel a disconnect from their countries, communities, and families of origin, when in the UK, especially when their asylum process takes sometimes up to ten years, if not more.

The film is available on the centre’s YouTube Channel.

Training Workshop for Syrian Women in Reyhanlı

Funded by the UN Democracy Fund, CTDC has provided a training course on women’s rights issues to Zeytuna Project implemented by MANDAT International targeting Syrian refugee women in Reyhanlı. The training course covered topics including the international discourse on women’s rights, local discourses on women’s rights, the construction of gender and sexuality, sexual violence and the importance of women mobilisation. The workshop included around 40 women, over a period of two days. Following the workshop, women attendees in Reyhanlı formed a women’s committee to provide support to each other and to raise awareness about gender and women’s issues. The workshop was run in a participatory manner, which allowed women safe space to talk and to share their experiences. CTDC is planning to issue a report based on some of the information and experiences shared by women attendees, to shed light on the suffering of Syrian women refugees in the south of Turkey.

Training Workshop for Syrian Women in Reyhanlı

Reclaim the Night – Coventry

In March 2015, CTDC has contributed to organising and sponsoring Reclaim the Night Event in Coventry. Reclaim the Night is a women-led event fighting for the right of all women to be out on the street and in public spaces without fear or threat of violence. The event took place on Saturday 7 March 2015, the women-only march took place around the centre of Coventry, starting from Broadgate, and ending with a women-only rally and celebration at Transport House on Short Street.

The event aimed to provide a women’s only safe space, where readings and poetry took place by women and for women. The tradition of reclaim the night started in the UK on November 12, 1977, and they were a protest by women against sexual harassment. Ever since, reclaim the night has been organised by women all across the UK, and in many other countries.

RECLAIM THE NIGHT - COVENTRY