High-level commemorative event on the occasion of the 50th session of the Human Rights Council: Achievements and lessons learned
The 50th UN Human Rights Council held its high-level commemorative event addressing the achievements and lessons learned. In a statement delivered by ILGA World, we urged the Council and all stakeholders to raise their efforts to protect, promote and fulfil human rights for all - regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or sex characteristics.
Interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
The 50th UN Human Rights Council held its interactive dialogue with the Independent Experton on violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Over 1,117 civil society organisations from 134 States and Territories delivered a joint global statement calling for the renewal of the mandate. “The continuation of this mandate is critical”, we told the Human Rights Council. "In every region of the world, widespread, grave and systematic violence and discrimination based on one’s real or perceived sexual orientation and/or gender identity persists.”
Interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (second statement)
During the interactive dialogue withthe Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, we also encouraged the mandate holder to continue mainstreaming LGBTI issues through the development framework and to join forces with the Special Rapporteur on health to ensure the implementation of non-binary approaches to gender and the adoption of SOGIESC-inclusive health strategies in all States.
Interactive dialogue with the Working group on discrimination against women and girls
The 50th UN Human Rights Council held its interactive dialogue with the working group on discrimination against women and girls. In this statement, ILGA World encouraged the Working Group to continue with its commitment to acknowledge and support LBTQI women and girl activists. "We particularly believe that underfunding of LBTQI women and girls’ activism, and the dangers of digital surveillance are critical issues that needs to be covered further in the mandate’s future work."
Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on violence against women
In this statement that we delivered during the Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, we expressed our strongy support the recent work of the mandate holder since her appointment in 2021 and her constant focus on LBTI women. We also welcomed her report on indigenous women and girls and its references to diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.
Annual full-day discussion on the human rights of women
During the annual full-day discussion on the human rights of women, we pointed out how climate change adversely affects people - especially women - at the receiving end of systemic discrimination, and urged UN member states and stakeholders to ensure that women of diverse SOGIESC are protected from violence and discrimination in the context of climate change.
High-level panel discussion on countering the negative impact of disinformation on the enjoyment and realization of human rights and on ensuring a human rights-based response
Having noted with concern the rising number of reports of disinformation campaigns by retrogressive lobbies organizations, far-right and fundamentalist religious groups, together with the Center for Reproductive Rights we called the attention of the Council to the disproportionate impact of such campaigns on the human rights of women, girls and LGBTI persons - especially concerning their sexuality, sexual and reproductive health and rights, right to legal gender recognition, right to bodily autonomy and to be free from torture.
The impact of the work of the IESOGI mandate from 2017 to 2022
Date and time: Tuesday 14 June, 1.15pm CEST
This side event will be an important opportunity to invite different stakeholders to discuss the impact of the mandate of the UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (IESOGI) in the promotion and protection of human rights during the period 2017 – 2022. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss ideas for addressing the challenges in the implementation of the IESOGI mandate in the future. Follow this link to read more or watch the recording of the event below.
Centering the margins - intersectionality, sexual and reproductive rights, and violence against women and girls
The event was co-hosted by Sexual Rights Initiative, Center for Reproductive Rights, ILGA World, and the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the United Nations in Geneva.
Adoption of UPR outcomes
UPR outcomes - Zimbabwe
During the adoption of the UPR outcomes of Zimbabwe, we welcomed the decision to support recommendations to protect intersex minors and to strengthen efforts to address violence against women, children and all persons on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Our statement was drafted in consultation with Trans and Intersex Rising Zimbabwe, Trans Research Education Advocacy and Training, Intersex Community of Zimbabwe, and Gender Dynamix.
During the adoption of the UPR outcomes of Lithuania, we highlighted how the country received 29 UPR recommendations on sexual orientation and gender identity - the largest number yet. We commended Lithuania on accepting recommendations, and consider this to be a strong commitment to intensify its human rights development. The statement was drafted in consultation with the Lithuanian Gay League.