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Job Opportunity: Sayoni Program Executive (part-time)

Written by sayoni on . Posted in Announcements

 

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Founded in 2007, Sayoni is a community of queer women, including lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, who organize and advocate for equality in well-being and dignity regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. We are looking for a part-time staff member to drive our programs and start new ones. Fresh graduates are welcome – we promise you will learn a lot on the job!

Responsibilities

The Program Executive helps to conceptualize, manage and execute programs for Sayoni, including the following duties:

  • Run programs and organize events in line with strategic plan
  • Support advocacy for Sayoni's programs and other related issues at the local and international levels
  • Engage with relevant state- and non-state stakeholders
  • Assist in drafting materials (e.g. for human rights reports)
  • Coordinate internal and external meetings
  • Create presentations to market programs and proposals
  • Provide support for relevant programs as required
  • Work for 3–4 days a week for 1 year (from home or otherwise), with the possibility of conversion to full-time thereafter

Qualifications

  • Singaporean or PR
  • Identifies as queer and feminist, and shares Sayoni’s values
  • Interest in/knowledge of SOGIE (LGBTIQ) rights/human rights mechanisms preferred
  • Interest in social sciences and humanities research a plus
  • Excellent interpersonal and event management skills
  • Able to communicate fluently in English
  • Willing to travel overseas
  • Motivated and able to work independently
  • Tertiary qualifications preferred

How to apply

Interested? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your resume/CV and a cover letter about your skills and background by 31 January 2016.

If you have the right skills, passion and politics, we want to hear from you. Please mention ‘Program Executive’ in the subject line.

Sayoni at 2015 ILGA-Asia Conference

Written by sayoni on . Posted in Activism

sayoni at ilga-asia conference


Several Sayoni volunteers attended the 2015 ILGA-Asia regional conference held in Taipei, Taiwan, from 28-30 October this year. Besides learning from other Asian activists at the formal sessions, we also took the opportunity to share strategies and ideas in informal settings. This year's conference coincided with Taipei's 2015 Pride Parade, the largest pride march in the region.

It was the first time that this lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) conference was held in Taiwan. Co-organised by the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association, the conference saw 300 activists from 30 countries, including Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, China, Malaysia and Singapore. Over a period of three days, activists held talks and workshops about the work they were doing within their organisations and regionally.

On Speaking

Written by Alex Serrenti on . Posted in Commentary

I have been trying to withhold judgement on this whole Amos Yee saga and trying to maintain a compassionate position to all parties. Some of you know that I've had my private scruples. But today, I confess that I am absolutely appalled by the whole affair. It's not that I wasn't disturbed before both by the first video that ignited this whole controversy and also by the responses that people had toward that.  But Amos Yee's new "prank" on the mainstream media (alleging molest by the youth counsellor who posted bail for him) is on a different scale altogether. And this time, I am no longer able to keep silent.

When a person makes an allegation about sexual offences committed against her such as molest or rape, it is a hard thing to do. A report often means the beginning of a humiliatingly intrusive process of questioning and interrogation … almost as if she was the criminal instead of the victim of a crime. She has to put up with ridiculous amounts of scrutiny of her private and public life. She is often distrusted and asked if she was "mistaken" about what happened or whether she “gave the wrong signals" -- with the subtext being that she deserved to be molested because she led her attacker on. Most of the women I have helped (and the vast majority are women sadly) are positively traumatised by the experience and many walk away without reporting legitimate offences.

IGLHRC's In Their Own Words Series

Written by alina on . Posted in Activism

Brian Tofte-Schumacher of IGLHRC sat down with Raksha Mahtani of Sayoni, a Singapore-based group that organizes and advocates for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women’s issues. Mahtani is a volunteer coordinating a human rights documentation project on violence and discrimination. The interview took place in NYC, during her visit for the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women conference in March. Mahtani, 26, has represented Sayoni at the newly formed Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression (SOGIE) Caucus, the ASEAN People's Forum and the ASEAN Youth Forum. Before volunteering for Sayoni, Mahtani worked with AWARE, a gender equality organization in Singapore.

Q: What would you say are the biggest challenges for LGBT people in Singapore?

A: I think some of the biggest challenges are quite personal. I think that's a big narrative in Singapore because the society is already multi-religious, multi-ethnic, and generally conservative in that many don't see being LGBT as “natural” or “normal” or “acceptable.” So often because of this, LGBT people are demonized, vilified, and seen as “things” to be corrected. People come out to their families and risk being subjected to corrective therapy or reparative counseling, often involving religious leaders. These can happen in the private sphere, and go unnoticed by most.


Read the full interview here. Sayoni's research project is ongoing and scheduled to be released next year. Thank you to all who have generously shared their stories.

 

In Search of the American Dream

Written by alina on . Posted in Activism


Rainbow crossing in San Francisco's Castro district

 


The US has shaped global LGBT history and culture in many ways. In some states, same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination laws exist, yet LGBT-related violence is not unheard of. So it was with great curiosity that I travelled to the US as a Sayoni representative, one of 19 participants from as many countries participating in an International Visitor Leadership Program exchange.

Our specific programme focused on civic engagement. The group received an overview of the US political system and, through a series of meetings, a better understanding of how its civil society organisations and government agencies advocate for civil and human rights. The journey took me to four states, Washington DC, South Carolina, Utah and California, with a final stop in San Francisco.

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