Equal Rights Coalition: ILGA World to host its Secretariat


Geneva, 30 November 2023 – ILGA World will host the Secretariat of the Equal Rights Coalition (ERC),  an intergovernmental body of 43 member States and civil society worldwide dedicated to the protection of the human rights of LGBTI persons and the promotion of inclusive development.

ILGA World announced this historic achievement today and will soon be seeking to recruit and hire a team to manage the coordination body.

“We are honoured to have been selected to host the Secretariat of the Equal Rights Coalition,” said Julia Ehrt, Executive Director of ILGA World. “As a convener for the global LGBTI human rights movement, we look forward to serving and connecting States, international and regional bodies, and civil society as we collectively work to advance inclusive development and equality for all”.

The Equal Rights Coalition was founded in 2016 at the Global LGBTI Human Rights Conference in Montevideo, Uruguay. Since then, member States, civil society organisations, and multilateral organisations have worked together to take action against human rights violations through public statements and diplomatic intervention. They have also engaged in ongoing dialogues – both among its members and beyond - to encourage the development of progressive legislation and policies, improve the level of sustainable funding for civil society, and ensure that the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development does not leave LGBTI communities across the globe behind.

Over the past seven years, the number of States joining the coalition has increased significantly, and now includes members from across Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America, and the Pacific. The governments of Germany and Mexico currently co-chair the ERC. The State co-chairs are supported by civil society co-chairs, who for this term are LSVD for Germany and Fundación Arcoíris for Mexico. 

Hosted by ILGA World, the Secretariat will be an independent body accountable to the Equal Rights Coalition, tasked with connecting all parties coming together in the ERC, and ensuring good governance, communications, and continuity of the coalition.

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