Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies
The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) founded in 2001, strives to promote sexual, bodily and reproductive rights as human rights in Muslim societies. In 2004, upon the demand of organizations in South/Southeast Asia, CSBR expanded to include many organizations in these regions and now includes forty NGOs and many academics from the Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia. The coalition is founded on the principle that all people have the right to bodily and sexual integrity and freedom. To this end, CSBR takes an inclusive and affirmative approach to sexuality, recognizing its pivotal role in private, public and political life. The coalition has played a pivotal role in establishing and expanding the notion of sexual rights, which had been non-existent as a term in Muslim societies until its foundation; has played a leading role in breaking the taboos around LGBTQ rights in many countries and has strengthened the work its members by breaking the isolation and building bridges over regions, themes and methodologies.