Submitted by Daniele Paletta on Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:47
Dear friends, fellow activists and partners,
During these past two months, the criminalisation of consensual same-sex sexual activity was ruled unconstitutional in Trinidad and Tobago. Commonwealth leaders were urged to embrace equality, and the UK Prime Minister expressed “deep regret” for discriminatory colonial-era laws.
Trans communities in Brazil welcomed landmark court rulings, and Sweden decided to pay compensation to trans people who were forcibly sterilised.
We know all too well that our communities’ struggle to be recognised and accepted has never come without challenges. But we are not alone. And, despite the setbacks and alarming news, there are reasons for hope.
FROM THE UNITED NATIONS
Throughout these past months, ILGA continued to work at the United Nations, mobilising support for SOGIESC issues globally.
We were present at the 37th Human Rights Council in full force – delivering statements, hosting side events, joining panel discussions, and assisting human rights defenders as they made their remarks during the adoption of their countries’ UPR outcomes.
ILGA was in New York to attend the 62nd UN Commission on the Status of Women as part of the LBTI and Women’s Rights Caucuses – making interventions at high level segments, organising and speaking at parallel events, coordinating to bring defenders to CSW62, working on the Agreed Conclusions text, and much more.
A historic event took place during the 37th UN Human Rights Council: ILGA and Manodiversa hosted a side event raising awareness of the human rights situation of bisexual persons. We recorded it for you: in case you missed it, you can watch it in English below, or in Spanish here.
Our Bisexual Secretariat also launched a document looking at both the global and regional situation for the bisexual community: download it here.
To further inform you on SOGIESC developments at the United Nations, we also began producing reports and infographics for each Treaty Bodies session that we will engage in. Here you can find highlights from six CEDAW, CRC and CRPD sessions and pre-sessional working groups.
TO LGBTI COMMUNITIES WORLDWIDE
Board members got together with staff at the ILGA headquarters in Geneva (ph. J. Andrew Baker)
Defenders from Nepal, Chile, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, El Salvador and South Korea were supported as they engaged with CEDAW, CESCR and the Human Rights Committee, following our pledge to help raise awareness of lesbian and bisexual women’s human rights with the Treaty Bodies.
But that’s not all: we teamed up with Global Philanthropy Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues for a one-hour webinar on May 14, where you will learn more about a new report looking into government and philanthropic support for LGBTI communities.
With both Pan Africa ILGA and ILGA Oceania gearing up for their regional conferences, and ILGA Asia organising a training in South Korea on human rights advocacy and UN mechanisms, it is fair to say that there are exciting times ahead for our global family!
Meanwhile, the ILGA family has further grown in numbers and representation: 1,321 organisations from 141 countries across the globe now form this organisation committed to advance LGBTI rights worldwide.