Item 3: Interactive dialogue on the analytical report of the High Commissioner on the current state of play of the mainstreaming of the human rights of women and girls in conflict and postconflict situations
Item 3 - Interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons
Item 4 - General Debate: human rights situations requiring attention
ITEM 3: INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE ON THE ANALYTICAL REPORT OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER ON THE CURRENT STATE OF PLAY OF THE MAINSTREAMING OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN CONFLICT AND POSTCONFLICT SITUATIONS
During this interactive dialogue, we took the floor to point out how actions under the women, peace and security agenda routinely overlook women and girls who are lesbians, bisexual, trans, intersex, or queer.
In this statement, delivered in consultation with Edge Effect, we urged all stakeholders to ensure that the human rights of women and girls with diverse SOGIESC are respected, protected and fulfilled (also) in conflict and post-conflict situations.
ITEM 3 - INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE WITH THE INDEPENDENT EXPERT ON THE ENJOYMENT OF ALL HUMAN RIGHTS BY OLDER PERSONS
During this interactive dialogue, we addressed how LGBTI older persons are at risk of abuse both on the grounds of their age and on their being LGBTI. Furthermore, the lack of recognition to their relationships may leave them without inheritance or survivor benefits. "There is a clear need for intersectional policies and projects focused on disparities and discriminatory access to legal and social programs established to support LGBTI elders", we pointed out. "Particularly in the current context of the Covid-19 pandemic, inequality in social programs has become more visible."
ITEM 4 - GENERAL DEBATE: HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATIONS REQUIRING ATTENTION
During this general debate, nine civil society organisations called the attention of the Council to the human rights situation of LGBTI persons in Ghana, in light of the recent Anti-LGBTI draft bill being discussed in the country. “As expressed by 11 UN Special Procedures, the draft legislation is ‘a recipe for violence’. The discussion of such draft legislation has already significantly and alarmingly promoted a rise in discrimination and violence against LGBTI persons in Ghana. The adoption of this bill has major implications on the already marginalized and vulnerable LGBTI community."