Traditional Values & Cultural Practices Not at the expense of women and LGBT people!
14 March 2014, New York
Commission on the Status of Women, session 58, cross-regional panel
Some states and other actors are increasingly claiming that ”traditional values” should take precedence over universal human rights for all. In addition ”cultural practices” are used to limit the rights and freedom of women who do not given any say in the issues surrounding their right to live.
All women and in particular lesbian and bisexual women and trans people are particularly targeted by these so-called ”traditional values”.
This cross-regional panel explores the discourse around ”traditional values” and harmful cultural practices. In focus are the strategies used to fight back against the patriarchal structures aiming to limit the freedom and rights of women on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity,
gender expression and sexuality.
Manny de Guerre: Founder and organizer of the Side by Side LGBT Film Festival based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She has carried out extensive research in Russia concerning the importance of the arts and culture in terms of its social, political and psychological significance.
Victor Mukasa: One of the first out and open activists in Uganda. Has been involved in important legal cases and been one of the most outspoken and important voices in Uganda. The influence that Victor has had on the movement can not be underestimated.
Maria Fontanelle: Media and advocacy officer for United and Strong, the sole LGBTQI advocacy group in her island home of Saint Lucia(Caribbean). Maria Fontenelle brings more than fifteen years of media experience to LGBTI activism. She has also collaborated with local, regional and international partners on HIV AIDS and human rights.
Sheherezade Kara: Communications and Advocacy Manager for ARC International, working to advance human rights relating to sexual orientation and gender identity at the international level. Prior to joining ARC, Sheherezade worked as an associate in the advocacy and programmes department of Human Rights Watch in Geneva, contributing to the advocacy of the organisation at the UN Human Rights Council.
Angie Umbac: President of the Rainbow Rights Project, a NGO of lawyers and gender rights activists that provides a legal and policy thinktank for the Filipino LGBT community. She heads the Philippine research team for violence against lesbians, bisexuals, and trans women in Asia, a five-country regional project with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.
Supported by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL)
LATIN AMERICA: Stigmatization, discrimination and violence against lesbians, bisexual women and transgender people
16 March 2014, New York City
by Jabu Perreira
The seminar was held on 11 March 2014 as part of the CSW Parrallel Events. The panel spoke about violence experienced by LBT persons in Chile, Colombia, St. Lucia and Venezuela. Violence experienced by LBT remains invisible and unacknowledged. This panel was organised by IGLHRC, Rompiendo el Silencio, Colombia: Universidad de los Andes, Director of Programa de Acción por la Igualdad y la Inclusión Social (PAIIS), St. Lucia, United and Strong Inc., and ILGA.
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
Putting LBT Rights on the #CSW58 Agenda
by Jabu Pereira
13 March 2014, New York City
IGLHRC, in collaboration with its partners, Rainbow Rights Project in the Phillipines and LBTI Activists from Sri Lanka, hosted a parrallel event at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 58th session. The panel discussion looked at violence through the lens of LBT people in Sri Lanka, Philippines, Malaysia and Japan. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) cannot be achieved when significant populations of women are denied the right to bodily autonomy, which includes the rights of lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender women.
This panel took place on the 10 March 2014. IGLHRC and its partners will release the findings in May 2014.
Iranti documented the seminar and reported on this in collaboration with United and Strong, St Lucia and RFSL SOGI news. for more information on the study please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statement for General Discussion on behalf of the Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus
23 March 2014, New York
#CSW58 ~ statement by 76 organizations about the status of lesbian, bisexual, transgender and others with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities status. Download the full CSW58 statement.
EVENT: Special Commission on the Status of Women
Special Commission on the Status of Women
10-21 March, New York City, United Nations Headquarters
The main theme for the session is: ”Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”
Jabu C. Pereira, Maria Fontenelle and Mathilda Piehl (reporting team)
Maria Fontenelle is the media and advocacy officer for United and Strong, the sole LGBTQI advocacy group in her island home of Saint Lucia (Caribbean). Maria brings more than fifteen years of media experience to LGBTI activism. She has also collaborated with local, regional and international partners on HIV AIDS and human rights.
Mathilda Piehl has ten years experience in reporting on LGBT issues from Sweden. She has been working at an international level in human rights and is currently editing soginews.com.
Jabu C. Pereira is the Executive Director of Iranti, an African-based LBTI human rights documentation and reporting organisation. Jabu has extensive experience in advocating on various human rights issues; in particular women’s rights and LBTI rights.