To empower queer women towards greater involvement and presence in the community
Advocacy for LBTQ women's rights at CEDAW
Sayoni was at the United Nations in Geneva in October 2017 to bring Singapore LBTQ women's issues to the forefront. The CEDAW Committee heard our concerns and raised recommendations related to LBTQ women in their Concluding Observations for the Singapore government.
Sayoni is a Singapore-based feminist, volunteer-run organisation that works to uphold human rights protections for queer women, including lesbian, bisexual and transgender women. We organise and advocate for equality in well-being and dignity regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and sex characteristics.

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We were disappointed to see the ignorance of the government in full display when question after question on SOGI issues were placed upon them. Nothing was said except a weak denial or two on systemic discrimination. The answers if any were careless and displayed our invisibility to them for all to see.

Still, we're elated that the questions were raised. We are very happy that the CEDAW committee understood our struggles and is seeking clarifications.

To name a few, questions covered were on the lack of provision to prohibit discrimination on basis of sexual orientation, 377A impact on gay women in employment and housing, censorship, invisibility of sexual minority women in public and political life, consultation with LBT women on public policy, protection of sexual harassment in workplace for LBT women, complaints mechanisms for LBT women in workplace, direct and indirect discrimination, healthcare for same sex partners, domestic violence for LBT women, property and inheritance rights for LBT women, state to support LBT rights, etc.

The CEDAW convention has been life changing and an eye opener for us. We began to see how the dots are all connected and how issues intertwined with each other directly and indirectly. It is particularly rewarding for us that new revelations are still happening as we speak.



See our media advisory to learn more about CEDAW, the Committee's questions and the State's responses.


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