This side event was organised in conjunction with the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council and was co-sponsored by States which hosted or co-hosted the regional SOGI seminars: South Africa, Brazil, France, Poland, Norway .
After the introduction from André du Plessis, ILGA, and Kim Vance, Arc International, the event featured part of an amazing and informative 30-minute documentary about violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity filmed at the recent regional seminars held by various States on the follow-up of the 2011 Resolution.
Watch the entire video here.
The co-moderators, Cynthia Rothschild and Kene Esom, then gave the floor to eight activists who had come from all over the world: Arvin Narriene (India), Lame Charmaine Olebile (Botswana), Yahia Zaidi (Algeria), Antony Nyamogo (Kenya), Anna Brown (Australia), and Skipper Nkuma Mogapi (Botswana). These eight activists shared their experience and their perspectives for the future.
After an overview of their region, each activist related the work they do locally to what is being done at UN level. Furthermore, they called upon the UN representatives to further promote LGBTI issues in their agendas.
Then, government representatives from Brazil, South Africa, France, Norway, and Polandtook the floor. They discussed the outcomes of regional initiatives, and shared their experiences and perspectives on their relationships with others States and civil society. In addition, the representatives from Uruguay and the Council of Europe stated their support to LGBTI issues.
In the end, it seemed clear that there is a strong need for pursuing the conversations on how to proceed to the next steps for promoting LGBTI issues at the UN level.
Look at the photos of the event on ILGA World Facebook page!
Flyer on Voices of human rights defenders in the pdf attached below!