Bosnia and Herzegovina: International Initiative for Visibility of Queer Muslims (IIVQM) Legally Recognized

Sarajevo, 15 November 2005 / 13 Shawwal 1426 (IIVQM) - After long negotiations with the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the necessary preparatory activities, the International Initiative for Visibility of Queer Muslims (IIVQM) has become legally recognised and registered as a non-governmental organisation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As such, it is the first ever officially recognised queer Muslim society in a predominantly Muslim country (or a country where Muslims are not considered minority), as well as the only queer faith-based organisation in the Balkans.

IIVQM was founded in November 2004, by a group of young LGBTIQ activists from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Lebanon. Its primary goal is to establish a faith-based dialogue between the sexual, gender and cultural minorities and the rest of our societies. It aims at gathering queer Muslim scholars and activists who will speak out for the oppressed queer Muslim community, contribute to the creation and development of the LGBTIQ Movement especially in so called "Muslim countries", and represent its interests in the international religious and human rights arena.

If you would like to find out more about IIVQM, how you can join or support us, please feel free to contact us by e-mail: iivqm.bih@gmail.com.


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IIVQM ZVANICNO REGISTRIRANA U BOSNI I HERCEGOVINI

Sarajevo, 15. novembar 2005. / 13. seval 1426. (IIVQM) - Nakon dugih i iscrpljujucih pregovora sa nadleznim ministarstvima u Bosni i Hercegovini, te neophodnih pripremnih aktivnosti, Internacionalna inicijativa za vidljivost queer muslimana/ki (IIVQM) zvanicno je registrirana kao nevladina organizacija u BiH. Time je IIVQM postala prva zvanicno registritrana queer muslimanska zajednica u jednoj pretezno muslimanskoj zemlji (odnosno, zemlji u kojoj se muslimani/ke ne smatraju manjinom), kao i prva queer organizacija primarno vjersko-duhovne orijentacije na Balkanu.

IIVQM je osnovala grupa mladih LGBTIQ aktivista i aktivistica iz BiH i Libana, u novembru 2004. godine. Njezin primarni cilj je uspostava vjersko-duhovnog dijaloga izmedju pripadnika/ca spolnih, rodnih i kulturnih manjina, te drustva u cjelosti. IIVQM namjerava okupiti queer muslimanske ucenjake/inje i aktiviste/ice koji/e ce otvoreno govoriti o marginaliziranoj i urgozenoj queer muslimanskoj zajednici i doprinijeti stvaranju i razvoju LGBTIQ pokreta, posebno u tzv. "muslimanskim zemljama", kao i zastupati interese zajednice na medjunarodnoj sceni u domeni religije i ljudskih prava.

Ukoliko zelite saznati vise o IIVQM-u, o tome kako nam se mozete pridruziti ili nas podrzati, mozete nas kontaktirati putem e-mail adrese: iivqm.bih@gmail.com.