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Indigenous Women's Fund - Who Can Apply?

Grantmaking Guidelines

Taking into account the unequal distribution of power, wealth, and resources both within and across nations, the Fund will attempt to balance its grantmaking in the 7 geo-cultural regions defined by the Untied Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Africa, Arctic, Asia, Eastern Europe/Central Asia/the Caucasus, Latin America/Caribbean, North America, and the Pacific.

The following guidelines will be used for groups to apply for grants from the Indigenous Women's Fund:

  • The Indigenous Women's Fund is for the advancement of Indigenous women's rights in the context of Indigenous peoples rights, respecting and recognizing the different ways in which Indigenous women organize
  • Applicants must promote the rights of Indigenous women
  • Applicants must address the particular perspectives and challenges that Indigenous women face in their communities and promote women's rights
  • Applicants must be Indigenous women's organizations working in the Fund's grantmaking areas of economic empowerment & community development, environment & sustainable development, information & community technology, or Indigenous women's health & education
  • Groups that submit proposals may work at the local, national, or international level
  • Proposals may be presented by a single organization or as a collaboration among several groups
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Adventures at Burning Man: The Dome

Entrance to Poly Paradise at Burning Man 2009. Photo by Eric Francis, nee Fidel.

I am back, after a hiatus that coincided with Mercury retrograde, the end of Jupiter retrograde and the Libra New Moon.

In this photo, we see the entrance to Poly Paradise, at 4:30 and Chaos.  It’s the night view, of course; every evening someone would bring out a box of glow sticks and, in that characteristically unsustainable way reminiscent of Burning Man, decorate the entrance portal to our camp with colored lights.

The path leading to the main entrance is really about three or four meters and the glow sticks were decorating a series of archways.  It was one of the most inviting camp entrances I had seen, leading to a friendly and adventurous place; a place where people would attempt to make pizza and roast turkeys in makeshift ovens, and it always worked. 

There was soda and beer and chocolate and a “get the camp drunk day,” and the mayor of the camp, who had an unusual aura of authority, was frequently seen walking around with a plate of cookies like the h’ors d’oeuvre waiter.  He was the boss, therefore everyone could have fun; the ultimate Long Island guy, who now lived in Texas and his charisma drew on a mix of both.  The feeling of the place was, there are no adults around to tell anyone what to do or not do. Burning Man is often the embodiment of true anarchy – a sense of personal responsibility coupled with actual freedom.

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Taking Stock

Do homosexual couples in Malaysia live in fear?  We talk to Pang Khee Teik and Jerome Kugan, co-organisers of Seksualiti Merdeka 2009: Our bodies, our rights.

If you ask me who I’m really afraid of, I am most afraid of gay men,” says Pang Khee Teik.  It’s a startling confession coming from the 36-year-old arts programme director of the Annexe Gallery, who had just days before organised the second annual Seksualiti Merdeka, an event aimed at affirming sexuality rights that first started in 2008.

Pang is not afraid of all gay men, however; just those who have given up exercising their rights to express their sexuality, and urging others to do the same.

“Some gay men feel that by being visible and out there, we are being crass.  Others believe that being gay is a test of God and those who give in to their desires have failed.  Some gay men said life is unfair anyway, so we should just put up and shut up.”

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Women take on men's jobs to feed their families

NAIROBI, 15 October 2009 (IRIN) - Khadijo Mahamud, a mother of five, goes to Bakara market every day to look for work, despite the constant shelling. Her youngest child is 10 months old but Mahamud knows she has no choice but to leave him with her 10-year-old and venture out to find food for the family.

“I have to leave the children and try and find something for them to eat; I will do almost any job," she told IRIN on 14 October. "Some days I get to wash clothes, but other days I work as a porter or clean stores.”

On a good day, Mahamud makes 50,000 Somali shillings (US$1.50). “There are days I don’t make even that much.”

Like Mahamud, a growing number of women in Mogadishu has been pushed into tasks that were traditionally considered men's work, such as serving as porters and pushing handcarts in the market.

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Evergreen Documentary Project receives French funding

By Ashok DEB

Sébastien Rist and Aude Leroux-Lévesque are two dedicated individuals  working on an educational documentary project on Bangladeshi Transexuals, namely the Hijra community ,who are worst affected by societal anti-pathy and Transphobia.  Sebastian and Aude have been staying in Dhaka for over an year now and runs three schools for the Hijra Communities.  In fact these two individuals could be perceived as the next generation Hijra experts on Bangladesh,who have gained considerable insight of this impoverished and highly margnalised community.

Recently they have released a demo version of their documentary where few glimpses of societal atrocities and rejection on  Bangladeshi Trans community were framed.  They have received assistance from a French production House for their project which was announced in this email below.

Hey people,

We’ve been waiting for the right moment to tell you, but we just recently signed a contract with a French production company.  This is great news because it means that we will be guided by a team of professionals who will be there to give us support and advice along the way.  We still have total creative control over the project and idea; the only difference is that the budget is slightly higher and the 52 minute Documentary has to be completed by the end of the year.

That said, after a few delays we can officially say that the shoot will begin Sunday.  We’ll try to post some production stills along the way. We’re really excited, Salma and Pinky are too!

Thanks to everyone  (Both in Canada and in Bangladesh) who have helped us get to where we are now,

Stayed tuned, there will be more to come,

Seb and Aude

You can read more about the film, see a preview and find out how to sponsor this film at this link.

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Teenage sex study shock for parents

By Joy Wanja

Girls as young as 12 are selling their bodies for petty things such as mobile phone airtime, chips and even sanitary pads.

And many are opting not to use protection, even though they are fully aware of the dangers of unsafe sex.

They are also sleeping with different partners: Some admitted having as many as six sexual partners in six months. What’s more, they’re spending almost as much energy keeping their actions secret from parents and guardians, a new survey revealed on Tuesday.

Instead, they prefer to get and share information about their increasingly risky sexual behaviour with friends, says the study by the Centre for the Study of Adolescence.

The study was carried out in two phases, one in June 2008 and the other in May 2009.

The figures revealed at least half of students surveyed had engaged in unprotected sex at least once.

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Positive Women's Football Beats Stigma

HARARE, 13 October 2009 (PlusNews) - Janet Mpilime, 32, captain of the ARV Swallows, an all-woman football team based in the informal settlement of Epworth, 10km east of the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, has just led her team to a 2-1 victory over Sporting ART.

Wearing a football kit similar to that of Spain's number-one team, Barcelona, and smiling broadly, Mpilime explained that the name ARV Swallows was chosen to help fight stigma against people living with HIV.

ARV is short for antiretroviral, the life-prolonging drugs used to treat people with HIV, while ART stands for antiretroviral treatment.  All the women in both teams are positive.

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UNAIDS & WHO Release Case Study on HELEM

HELEM: A Case Study of the First Legal, Above-Ground LGBT Organization in the MENA Region

The Ministry of Public Health - National Aids Control Program (Lebanon), in coordination with the World Health Organization and UNAIDS and financed through a World Bank Grant: Institutional Development Fund, a Case Study on Helem as "the First Legal, Above-Ground LGBT Organization in the MENA Region. (Download the study here)

Helem is the first and only above-ground LGBT organization in the MENA region. Founded in 2004 and based in Beirut, Lebanon, Helem is a rights-based organization that focuses on advocating and lobbying for the legal and social rights of people with alternative sexuality. Helem seeks an end to the criminalization of, stigmatization and discrimination against MSM and all LGBT individuals.

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Indian Women Beat the Odds to Leave a Mark as Village Leaders

By Nitin Jugran Bahuguna

UTTARAKHAND, India, Oct 6 (IPS) - When Kusum Lata, 40, decided to run for election in her village, she felt frightened. "I was extremely nervous as everything was new to me," says the mother of four. But the support of her family and friends inspired her.

She has not looked back since becoming a ‘sarpanch’ (head of village-level government) of Gairsain village in Chamoli district in the picturesque mountain state of Uttarakhand.

"After winning the election, I felt very good, but at the same time was I tense about entering a new arena," she said. "The villagers have supported me and made me what I am today, but they have a lot of expectations from me."

Beena Sajwan had an entirely different experience running for a political post in her village. "I faced opposition not only from my family but from men in the village," said the 36-year-old, who ran for the same elective post as Lata in Bhilangana in Tehri district in west Uttarakhand.

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