Monday 27 February form 4.30 till 6.00 pm
CCUN building, 1st Floor, Church Center Chapel
777 UN Plaza (corner of 44th St. and First Avenue) New York
Rural lesbians, bisexual women and trans persons are being discriminated both on account of their gender and their sexual orientation and are suffering the disadvantages of living in rural areas, where access to information is hard. Since women’s access to resources may be dependent on marriage, they may be forced to get married to survive. As rural women’s access to decent work is already limited, mostly unpaid, low-wage, informal and without job security, women who in addition do not conform to gender stereotypes or sexual norms encounter even bigger obstacles to find a decent job. So far no extensive research on rural lesbian, bisexual women and trans people has been made which makes these groups essentially invisible.
The panel presented the situation for women in rural areas and discussed needs and strategies to combat homophobia and transphobia.
Akinyi Margareta Ocholla, Minority Women in Action, Kenya
Poedjiati Fen Sian, Gaya Nusantra, Indonesia – Read her presentation: http://goo.gl/uckam
Linda Baumann, Out Right Namibia
Gail C. McNeill, New Hampshire, US
Ulrika Westerlund, RFSL, Sweden
The panel was attended by over 100 people.
See the photos of the panel on ILGA’s facebook page
Thanks to the support of Commission Communautaire Française, Belgium
Read the Report of the ILGA Women’s Secretariat, Akinyi M. Ocholla, on her participation to various events of the 56th CSW