Dieser Report ist das Ergebnis einer engagierten Gruppe von Frauen aus Afrika und Asien, die sich zusammengetan haben um die Bedingungen von Frauen in gleichgeschlechtlichen Beziehungen in ihren jeweiligen Ländern zu untersuchen. Der Report wurde herausgegeben von Saskia E. Wieringa. “With great determination and courage this group of women set about revealing the many obstacles, humiliations and indignities these women face. They uncovered not only pain, invisibility and silence, but also the pleasures of bonding and the beauty of love” (from the preface)
Major themes in the research were female masculinity, the silencing and invisibility of Women-Loving-Women (WLW), and attempts at organizing on the basis of non-normative sexualities. An overriding research theme was violence. More than 300 participants were interviewed in 14 different languages.
In the course of this project, one lesbian women’s organization was set up (Surabaya). In Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Central Asia, the focus of the investigation was on organizing WLW. In three countries, Bangladesh, Botswana and Sri Lanka, this was the first research done on lesbian women. The projects in Jakarta and Johannesburg focused on women who in various ways identified as masculine, whereas the Mumbai project focused on the multiple gendered realities of people born female. The researcher in the Pretoria project collected stories of lesbian women who faced mental distress” (from the executive summary).
The complete research report can be read and downloaded from the Isis International website.