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The 5th ILGA-Asia Regional Conference “ILGA-Asia, The Phoenix Rising” 29 - 31 March 2013, in Bangkok, Thailand

in THAILAND, 13/01/2013

Over 100 LGBTQI activists from all over Asia are expected to participate in this 3-day conference. At present, there are around 150 LGBT organizations in Asia that are members of ILGA. Special attention will be given to equal representation of women, transgender and intersex persons. The conference is not exclusive to LGBTI-identified individuals but it also welcomes all people who support the rights of all gender and sexually marginalized groups.

The 5th ILGA-Asia Regional Conference
“ILGA-Asia, The Phoenix Rising”
29 - 31 March 2013, in Bangkok, Thailand

ILGA - The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) was set up in 1978 in England to provide a forum for LGBT activist groups to network and exchange information. The World Conference was the forum where members came together and was the vehicle by which ‘action’ was initiated. IGA became ILGA in 1986 and in the 1980s, its work expanded to regional meetings and projects beyond the world conference. Today, ILGA is a world-wide federation of more than 1000 local, national and international member organizations, representing every continent and 117 countries.

ILGA-Asia - We have been the largest and the most diverse in terms of coverage area. It had its first regional conference in Mumbai, India, 2002; its second regional conference in Cebu, Philippines, 2005. The third regional conference was held on 24-27 January 2008 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Around 160 LGBT activists from Asia [representing 16 countries] and beyond gathered to discuss LGBT issues under the motto “Equality in Diversity Now!”, and to elect a working Board for the first time. The fourth ILGA-Asia regional conference “LGBT Asia Moving Forward!” was scheduled in Surabaya, Indonesia, 26-28 March 2010. About 150 LGBTQI activists from all over Asia came to participate in this 3-days conference. Unfortunately, it was disbanded in the first day due to a combination of inaccurate media reports and participants safety being threatened by local Islamic fundamentalists.

NOW! You are warmly invited to participate in the 5th ILGA-Asia Regional Conference

Over 100 LGBTQI activists from all over Asia are expected to participate in this 3-days conference. At present, there are around 150 LGBT organizations in Asia that are members of ILGA. Special attention will be given to equal representation of women, transgender and intersex persons. The conference is not exclusive to LGBTI-identified individuals but it also welcomes all people who support the rights of all gender and sexually marginalized groups.

The conference is open to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities supportive of LGBT issues and concerns in Asia. ILGA’s conferences are traditionally opened for all, members or non-members of ILGA. However, some agenda caucuses, such as, ILGA MATTERS, are for ILGA members only. Activists can either fund their participation by their own means or apply for a scholarship. This time, the conference will have a sober character and will be focusing on practical issues such as strengthening ILGA-Asia and its Board.

There will also be a one-day pre-conference seminar on Working towards the next UN resolution on SOGI, co-organized by ILGA-Asia and ARC International; participants will be selected and invited in a later stage.

Implementing organisations

The ILGA-Asia Board and the Organising Committee (OC) composed of Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand (RSAT) and ANJAREE (Thailand).

Objectives
To move Asia’s LGBTQI communities and organisations towards a common vision, mission & goal, and to draft an action plan for cooperation amongst ILGA-Asia members.

Expected Results
1. Shared vision and prioritization of issues for ILGA-Asia Region.
2. New ILGA members, especially from West Asia sub-region.
3. Election of Board members
4. Agreement on organizational setup of the future ILGA-Asia secretariat
5. Approve the ILGA-Asia Constitution and Strategic Plan

Conference fees
The conference registration fee covers the conference kits and materials, am/pm snacks and lunches, and dinners. The rates are as follows:
1000 THB Locals (Thai participants)
50 USD Developing Asian countries
100 USD Developed Asian countries/territories (South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Brunei)
200 USD Non-Asian countries, including international bodies (UN, EU) and INGOs (inside/outside Asia)

The different registration fees are applied according to different statuses: 1) Individuals: who are not belonging to any organization will be charged by nationalities. 2) Organizations: participants from organizations will be charged depending on the actual location/residence of the organization. 3) Local/regional offices run by international bodies such as UN, EU as well as INGOs will be considered as Non-Asian, even if they reside within Asia.

A 20% discount will be given to full members of ILGA who have paid their membership dues up to 2012.

Groups decide themselves which person should represent them at the conference, including which person should apply/benefit from a scholarship.

To apply for a scholarship to attend the conference, fill in the scholarship section of the form (see attached document at the bottom of this page) and submit to conference2013.ilgaasia@gmail.com before 1 February 2013. See scholarship details in the how to apply for a scholarship. Priority will be given to ILGA members and/or approved paper presenters. Applicants applying for partial scholarship are also more likely to get it.

To submit an abstract for a paper or workshop, send a 300-word abstract in the required format and submit to conference2013.ilgaasia@gmail.com on or before 1 February 2010. See paper and workshop presentation details in the call for papers & workshops section.

To become an ILGA member or inquire about your voting rights, write to alessiavalenza@ilga.org. See ILGA membership details in the how to become an ILGA member section.

To register for the conference, download the registration form below, fill in its first section and submit to conference2013.ilgaasia@gmail.com

For any other information regarding the 5th ILGA-Asia Regional Conference, contact us via email conference2013.ilgaasia@gmail.com


Contact address:
ILGA-Asia and Organising Committee c/o
Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand,
8th Floor, Room 802, 159 The Beach Residence Building,
Soi-Chokchairuammitr (Ratchadapisek 19), Wipawadi-rangsit Rd.,
Dindaeng Sub-district, Dindaeng District,
Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Email: conference2013.ilgaasia@gmail.com

You can download the registration and scholarship form/s at the foot of this page. 

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