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Disability Rights Fund: Call for Proposals

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) seeks to strengthen the participation of Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in the advancement of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at country level in the Global South and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union.
The 2010 “Moving Rights Forward” grant cycle will consist of two grantmaking rounds:

  1. The first grantmaking round (described below) is directed at DPOs in Indonesia, Mexico, Ukraine and eligible states and cities in India (Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Orissa, Tamil Nadu and the National Capital Territory of Delhi). The deadline for Small Grants applications for this round is Monday, 29 March 2010 at 24:00 (midnight) your time. The deadline for National Coalition Grants applications for this round is Monday, 12 April 2010 at 24:00 (midnight) your time.
  2. The RFP for the second grantmaking round will be publicized in July 2010.

Applicants can apply as:
a) single organizations or partnerships for Small Grants; and/or
b) national DPO-led coalitions for National Coalition Grants.

Single organizations or partnerships can apply for 12-month grants ranging from USD 5,000 to 20,000 to:

Increase DPO skill in addressing the CRPD by
(a) building more inclusive organizations or partnerships; and/or
(b) internal capacity building; and

Do rights-based advocacy and monitoring through:
(a) increasing DPO participation in decision-making processes regarding the CRPD at state or local levels; and/or
(b) directly addressing implementation of CRPD Articles.

Download the details of the DRF Small Grants Request for Proposals (RFP) and the Grant Application Form here.
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KinkForAll San Francisco: A free sexuality unconference on March 21 at the Women's Building

Yup, we're at it again. And this time, we're coming to San Francisco. ;)

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Vote for Sex Ed Everywhere at

I’m very excited to announce a new initiative that I’ve begun working on in collaboration with Emma, co-unorganizer of

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    "Spratz - a feminist kidzine"

    A brand new feminist 'zine is out, aimed at kids.  It is called Spratz and you can download it here for free.

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    It is published by the CRAP! (Child Rearing Against Patriarchy) Collective over at their blog - Feminist Childrearing.

    It includes contributions from kids and adults.  It is free (as in free beer).  This issue includes a nice send-off of Barbie, some musings on Cinderella, defining sexism & feminism and a crossword.  I definitely suggest you look it over.  We don't get much in the way of child-ready study or workbook material, based on feminislm and even less in the new media formats.  My favorite women & children / lesbian bookstore has much to offer, but it's still the old school printed formats of paperback and hardcover.  This zine gets the conversation out into the spaces that a great many, if not most young people are spending most of their time.  Plus, it's fun.

    If you would like to join the collective or contribute to their blog or their zines "Raise Some Hell! a feminist childrearing zine for everyone" and "Spratz! a feminist kidzine", please email them at


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    African Women's Economic Summit: Investing Differently in Women

    From: 19/03/2010 - 20/03/2010

    Location: The Windsor Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

    Contact: Pénélope Pontet

    Summit objectives and outcomes:

    •  The Africa Women’s Economic Summit will:
      • Identify the issues that limit women’s access to financial products and services
      • Explore the business opportunities and innovations to expand the reach and scale of financial services to women at all income levels.
      • Cultivate the leadership required to introduce new ways of thinking, and build an African financial system that is more inclusive of women.
      • Identify measures that will ensure women take their rightful place as decision makers within the governance and management structures of national, regional, continental and global financial institutions.

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    Pakistan's first adult webcomic?

    I received an email from someone in Pakistan, Umar Shareef, inviting me to check out his new webcomic.  Initially, I thought it might be a viagra spam, but something about his message seemed genuine enough for me to check it out.  Lemme tell ya - I am so glad that I did! 

    The site is called Sex! The right way...AKA Sex ka sahi tareeqa (A Desi porn 4 u). 

    I checked it out and it's this wonderful, honest embrace and depiction of sex as it occurs in many peoples lives.  The first comic tells the story of a young man discovering his sexual desires and his fixation on an older relative in his family.  This is an eyes-wide-open view of sexual awakening, told in terms and expressions that are not at all uncommon.  No judgment, just a window into what life is like for so many people. 

    I love it.

    So, I shot an email off to Umar, asking him a few questions.  He answered back in some detail and they make for a good interview with the author.  So, without ado, here is my interview with Umar Shareef of Sex! The right way.

    SGB: Why did you start it?

    US: Well that answer is two-fold.  I have always been an avid consumer of pornography but I've always felt that most of the images and depictions of the act of sex were false, and not in an interesting fantastical way, but in a really bad pseudo-reality way, where the porn industry is pretending that they are representing reality (ala large breasts, small waists, massive biceps and penises, etc).

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    Clarisse’s Advice Column arises again! Masculinity & African activism

    I’ve been getting a lot of very encouraging email lately; here’s some excerpts from an exchange I found particularly interesting. Posted with permission:

    Hi Clarisse,

    A friend showed me your blog and I just wanted to say that I think you’re fantastic.

    I’m a student at Reed College in Portland, Oregon and I recently facilitated a Feminist Student Union “SexualiTea” — a discussion topic with, yeah, tea — on masculinities in society and at Reed and I used your article Questions I Want To Ask Entitled Cis Het Men, Part 3: Space For Men along with the Every Girl / Every Boy poster at the beginning to spark thoughts for the group. This event was a huge success! We had over 50 people in attendance, including 10 or 15 men. It was a really honest, vulnerable, productive, and holistic conversation. We talked about gender binary pressures as children; how can personality traits be de-gendered so that a male who takes pride in being strong isn’t intrinsically stream-rolling women as equally strong leaders or pushing them into an opposite weak category; a transman brought up what behaviors he had to lose as the result of transitioning and changing his presented gender — “I was told I’d have to tone down or lose my crude, perverted, and loud sense of humor because as a man I’d be seen as a Really Big Creep and not just a rugby dyke”; etc. The men were really forthcoming and aside from a minor terrible moment that I was able to turn around as the faciliatator (“so having seen Jackson Katz speak about gender violence, I would be interested in hearing any personal stories about rape from the women in the room” “actually, rape is a large enough burden to bear without having to educate men about rape, in public, whenever rape is brought up as a topic presumably by someone who’s never experienced it. I’d suggest reading up on your own and educating yourself and listening with respect if and when a survivor decides to tell you about their experience.”) — but really, the biggest obstacle that came up was the dynamic of female feminist students purporting 2nd wave views who obliviously steamrolled the conversation, spoke the loudest, the most frequent, tried to control the conversation with an specific end goal in mind, and took up the most space. It almost seemed like the end question for me on this topic wasn’t how to get men to be in these spaces to critically examine masculinities and let male sexualities flourish because many men were not hesitant to show up and take part and really try their best, but how to hold mainstream, second wave feminists accountable for their own oppressive dynamics and how to get them to relax, ease up, open up some space, cede some old ideology?

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    Desiree Alliance: Sex Worker Conference 2010

    The Desiree Alliance, along with their sponsors*,are  pleased to announce the upcoming National Sex Worker Conference:

    "Working Sex: Power, Practice, and Politics"

    To be held in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada, July 25th to 30th, 2010.

    Registration has opened!  Register now to take advantage of reduced fees.

    Scholarships are available.  You will need to apply:

    Click here for application in PDF.
    Click here for application in Word Doc.

    Chasque aquí para el solicitacion de beca en español, Word Doc.

    We need volunteers!!  If you would like to volunteer to make this conference amazing, please email us at Desiree2010 [at] desireealliance [dot] org.

    Please consider donating to the conference effort!  They are also accepting ads for the conference program.

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    Two Great Ads Focus on Ending Domestic Violence

    If you are not checking out Bell Bajao (Ring the bell), you really should be.  They are an amazing project designed to interrupt the cycle of domestic violence.  They ask people who witness or overhear domestic violence to speak up, intercede and "ring the bell" in order to stop abuse.

    They have produced some ads to raise awareness and here are two:


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    Sex-positive in southern Africa

    Right before I came out here, I was recruited by an online magazine to write about sexuality in Africa and my experience thereof. I wrote some columns, sent them to the magazine … and was told they weren’t quite right. So I sold them to CarnalNation instead! Here’s a roundup of my first four CN pieces; I doubt this is the last time I’ll publish with them, as CN (and editor Chris Hall in particular) is very awesome.

    January 7: Rest In Peace, Pitseng Vilakati
    I met an incredible, high-profile lesbian activist and wanted to be friends, but soon after she was murdered … and her partner charged with the crime.

    January 14: Sexual ABCs in Africa, Part 1: Abstinence
    In which I discuss how my relationship started with my current boyfriend, a Baha’i convert who doesn’t believe in sex before marriage (the pseudonym I chose for him was, therefore, Chastity Boy). I also describe some of my hesitations in promoting abstinence as a good sexual choice, even though it is a legitimately wise one in a place that’s so beset by HIV.

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