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Conference participants gather for the traditional group picture during ILGA world conference in Vienna, 2009.
About ILGA - The only worldwide federation campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights. Since 1978.

in WORLD, 16/12/2009

ILGA’s aim is to work for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people and their liberation from all forms of discrimination. We seek to achieve this aim through the world-wide cooperation and mutual support of our members.

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ILGA Secretariat is located in Brussels, Belgium and Geneva, Switzerland: 

Brussels Office:

17 Rue de la Charité
1210 Brussels

Telephone: +32-2-502 24 71
Fax: +32-2-223 48 20

Geneva Office:

Rue de la Navigation 11/13  
1211 Geneva 21  

Telephone: +41 22 906 4042

We focus public and government attention on cases of discrimination against LGBTI people by supporting programs and protest actions, asserting diplomatic pressure, providing information and working with international organisations and the international media.

ILGA’s success lies in the achievements and progress of 1044 member organisations from 117 countries, working together. Any organisation, business or individual interested in working for equal rights for LGBTI persons may apply to become a member of ILGA. Every one or two years, members of ILGA gather in a world conference to give guidance to its work. ILGA's work is determined by the rules set forth in its Constitution and Standing Orders.

Conference & Board

The ILGA World Conference is the highest decision-making body of ILGA regarding legislation, approval of new members and internal and external organisation. Each member organisation expresses its opinions and concerns and has the right to vote on conference matters.

The current Board of ILGA was elected in Stockholm, Sweden during the previous ILGA World Conference in December 2012, except for the African representatives elected at the ILGA Africa conference in Johannesburg in May 2007 and backed by an interim board elected in Stockholm, the Latin American representatives elected in Curitiba at the latest ILGA Latin America and Caribbean Conference in January 2010, the Asian representatives, elected at the ILGA Asia Conference in Bangkok (Thailand) in March 2013, and the European representatives elected in Dublin, Ireland during ILGA Europe annual conference in October 2012.

Gloria Careaga (Mexico) and Azusa Yamashita (Japan) are the Co-Secretaries General of ILGA.

Beto de Jesus (Brazil) is their alternates.

Minority Women in Action (Kenya), was elected as Women’s Secretariat. United and Strong (St Lucia) was elected as its alternate.

Diverlex (Venezuela) was elected as Trans Secretariat. Transgender Netwerk Nederland - TNN (The Netherlands) was elected as its alternate.

According to ILGA's current constitution, two representatives (one female and one male) are to be elected in each region :

* Pan Africa ILGA: Linda Baumann (Namibia) and Yahia Zaidi (Algeria). Lame Olebile (Botswana) and Samuel Opio (Uganda) are their alternates. An interim steering committee was elected in Stockholm in December 2012. It consists of Linda Baumann (Namibia), Jide Macaulay (Nigeria), Lame Olebile (Botswana), Yahia Zaidi (Algeria), Samuel Opio (Uganda), Akinyi Ocholla (Kenya) and Zami Mrwata (South Africa).
Based on the Africa Group in the UN: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

* ILGA-ANZAPI : Joleen Brown Mataele (Tonga) and Simon Margan (Australia). Kris Prasad (Fiji) and Gina Wilson (Australia) are their alternates.
Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia and Pacific Islands - based on the South Pacific Forum: Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

* ILGA-Asia: Kaona Saowakun “Toh” (Thailand) and Dan-Dan ”Dana” Zhang (China/HK). Toen King Oey (Indonesia) and Poedijati Tan (Indonesia) are their alternates.
Based on the Asia group in UN - without Pacific Islands and Cyprus and including Israel): Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Palestine, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam and Yemen.

* ILGA-Europe: Maria Sjödin (Sweden) and Martin K.I. Christensen (Denmark).
Alternate member: Konstantina Kosmidou (Greece)
Based on the Council of Europe - including candidate Belarus: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom.

* ILGA - LAC - Latin America and the Caribbean: Irina Bacci (Brasil) and Pedro Paradiso Sottile (Argentina).  Amaranta Gomez (Mexico) is their alternates.
Based on the GRULAC group in the UN: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

* ILGA-North America: Haven Herrin (United States of America) and Stephen Seaborn (Canada). Michael petty (United States of America) and Helen Kennedy (Canada) are their alternates.
Canada and United States of America


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