Posts tagged ‘Pakistan’

January 3, 2012

It Gets Better: Coming Out as a Gay Pakistani Muslim

Another interesting post from a Muslim. Thoughtful and practical views on being a queer person of Pakistani origin and his experience of , among other things, discrimination in dating based on color.

My small contribution to “It Gets Better.” A message for gay folk of color, South Asians, Pakistanis, and Muslims in the process of coming out 馃檪

 

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April 4, 2011

The ugliness of ‘eve teasing’ in Bangladesh.

Via Uncultured Project

I subscribe to a pretty broad range of 聽feeds that expose me to things I might not normally know about. This evening I learned about a troubling phenomenon in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal 聽called ‘eve teasing’. Wikipedia describes it in this way:

Eve teasing is a聽euphemism used in聽India and sometimes聽Pakistan,聽Bangladesh and聽Nepal聽for public聽sexual harassment,聽street harassment or molestation of women by men, with eve being a reference to the biblical聽Eve.

The Uncultured Project spoke to a few women in Bangladesh about it.

The video’s description gives a bit of background on ‘eve teasing’:

“It’s a great, great, GREAT psychological torture because it makes us so weak. We feel so weak. We feel so repressed.”

Recently Bangladesh made headlines after a 14 year old girl was raped and then stoned to death by religious fatwa. Sadly, while these aren’t an everyday occurrence, they are more common than most people think.

In this video, I share a conversation I had with some women (some of whom were local lawyers) about a problem called “Eve Teasing”. Eve teasing is a euphemism for verbal and physical harassment of women by men. Sometimes it can even lead to rape.

There was a lot of discussion – I couldn’t translate everything. But I hope this gives a picture of a part of Bangladesh that many women have to face. It’s a problem, these women at least, feel the middle class bear the most

February 4, 2011

ILGA turned down again by UN Economic and Social Council.

The International Lesbian,Gay , Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association ( ILGA) has once again been turned down for membership in the UN’s Economic and Social Council. Inner City Press is reporting the vote 聽on the application was proposed by Belgium but Sudan immediately countered that the application should not be considered.

When the dust had cleared it was voted 聽9-7 with one abstention ( Kyrgyzstan ) that the application should not be considered. Countries voting 聽not to consider the ILGA’s application ( i.e. ‘yes’) 聽were: 聽Russia, Senegal, Sudan, Venezuela, Burundi, China, Nicaragua, Pakistan and Morocco .

Countries voted against the application being 聽ignored ( i.e. ‘no’) were: 聽Peru, Turkey, USA, Belgium, Bulgaria, India and Israel.

Read much more on Inner City Press here.

The approved resolution put forward initially on December 17, 2010 was as follows:

A) on the basis that ILGA represents over 700 LGBTI member organisations throughout the world equally committed to fight discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and to promote the universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the elimination of all forms of discrimination and also including the realisation of the specific provisions of the following international human rights instruments:
路 The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;
路 The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights;
路 The International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination;
路 The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women;
路 The Convention on the Rights of the Child
路 The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
路 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,

B) concerned that ILGA’s applications for ECOSOC status have been unjustly denied 4 times,

C) disturbed by the discriminatory treatment from the UN NGO Committee demanding once again (November 2010) ILGA to subject our membership to additional, unreasonable and unjust requirements outside of the protocol concerning ECOSOC applications,

1) condemns the repeated attempts to link ILGA and LGBTI organisations with paedophilia

2) insists that the United Nations recognizes ILGA’s right to obtain ECOSOC status in order to engage with the United Nations system like any other legitimate organisation.

Original located on ILGA’s site here.

At least you know which countries to add to your no-visit list.