The year 2015 marks the 24th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. Since 1991, the campaign, spanning from the UN International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25th until Human Rights Day on December 10th, has given civil society organizations, political activists, and all-community groups, the opportunity to break the silence around Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
This year,1 MORE CUP MEDIA ORGANIZATION and MOSAIC, as part of its fight against LGBTIQ human rights violations, has decided to stress not only the different forms of violence against women but also the gender essentialist approach that governs considerations of Survivors of Gender-Based Violence (SGBV).
This video prioritizes bisexual, lesbian and trans women survivors of SGVB who are excluded from such considerations. Our culture’s narrow and essentialist definition of gender identity and our legal apparatus’s exclusionary and discriminatory classification of women have erased the experiences of many victims of structural, sexual and domestic violence.
Notwithstanding the severity of SGBV against all women which includes both gender conforming women and women with non-conforming gender and/or sexual orientations, this video, first and foremost, hopes to underline firsthand experiences of women with non-conforming gender and/or sexual orientations living in Lebanon. These women’s prospects for an equal opportunity at a dignified and free living have been controlled and limited by state, social, and educational institutions, medical professionals, and even their own families.
As part of our fight against SGBV, it is time for ALL women to challenge the standard prevailing narrative.