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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: A REGIONAL DIALOGUE ON LGBT RIGHTS AND HEALTH IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC

in THAILAND, 22/12/2013

Why a Regional Dialogue? In the last 20 years of activism in the Asia-Pacific region, an increasing amount of information has been gathered about the conditions that LGBT people live in and LGBT organizations operate in. This wealth of available information and analysis needs to be reviewed and documented. The regional dialogue will also provide an opportunity to hear about individual lived experiences, the work of LGBT organizations, and the successes that have been achieved.

This regional dialogue will bring together community leaders and activists, Asia-Pacific government experts, development partners, national human rights institutions, and private sector representatives. They will collectively reflect on advances in promoting and protecting the human rights of LGBT people and examine opportunities and challenges in the areas of legal reform, social norms, health, social media, education, employment, and other relevant areas. We wish to hear directly from leading activists, academics, advocates, and researchers who have been working to protect and advance the rights of LGBT people throughout the region.

Why is your submission important?

As people on the frontlines working for LGBT rights and health issues in the Asia-Pacific, your experiences and knowledge will shape the thinking and planning for the way forward for LGBT rights and health programming in the region in the coming decades. Invited government experts and representatives from development partners and the private sector will hear about your lived experiences and about your personal struggles and victories to protect and advance the human rights of a highly marginalized group.

By fostering a constructive dialogue and networking opportunity among multiple actors LGBT civil society, government experts, development partners, donors, judicial officials and lawyers, human rights institutions, the private sector and health care providers and advocates on the human rights and health of LGBT people in the Asia-Pacific region and their social and economic development, the consultation will shape LGBT rights and health work in the region for the future.

Individuals whose submissions are selected will be invited to the Regional Dialogue to be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 4 - 6 June 2014

Download the submission form at http://goo.gl/ini2ZR and submit by email to aprc.lgbt@undp.org

WHAT TO SUBMIT

We want to hear about your experiences and knowledge on LGBT rights and health issues as individuals and professionals and not as representatives of an organization or a network.

More about who we are looking for:

You are a self-identified member of a SOGIE category, including but not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (male to female and female to male), i.e. bakla, fa'afafine, hijra, katoey, kothi, meti, or waria. You are Asian or a Pacific Islander and live in your own country or in another country in the region. You are open about your identity and may have faced stigma, discrimination, harassment, and violence, or may have witnessed companions been subject to any of these because of who they are. Nevertheless, you will have stories of courage and grit on how you have overcome adversity and become a force for the betterment of your fellow LGBT people.

Share your experience of what kind of abusive or harmful behavior you have been subject to because of your SOGIE status. We want to hear about your lived experiences what you have faced and how you dealt with it. Your stories of courage and perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds can be an inspiration for many others. If you are an academic, researcher, human rights advocate, or private sector executive working for the rights and health of LGBT people, tell us about the work you do, how you do it, and why you do it.

Individual entries will be selected by a panel of LGBT experts and leaders through a process that is fair, anonymous, and transparent.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Languages
Submissions are welcome in Bengali, Chinese, English, Hindi, Indonesian, Nepali, Sinhalese, Tamil, Thai, or Vietnamese.

Format
All submissions should be in writing and should not exceed 800 words in the body of the submission. Submissions should be typed into the accompanying submission form Word document and must be emailed to aprc.lgbt@undp.org with subject line Submission for LGBT regional dialogue in Bangkok, June 2014.

Confidentiality
Submissions can be of two types, public or confidential. The submission should clearly indicate in the designated box if your wish your submission to remain confidential. The convening organizations will make every effort to ensure that confidential submissions remain as such.

Deadline
All submissions should be made by 10 a.m. Thai time on Monday, 24 February 2014. Note that only one submission per person will be allowed.

The regional dialogue will be co-convened by the the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

For more information about 'Being LGBT in Asia' or this Call for Abstracts please enquire to or visit:
aprc.lgbt@undp.org

https://www.facebook.com/lgbtinasia

https://www.twitter.com/beinglgbtinasia

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