OutRight Action International GEF Commitments

 

OutRight Action International GEF Commitments

Outright is proud to announce its commitments in the Generation Equality Forum (GEF). The GEF is a multigenerational initiative led by UN Women, the Government of France, and the Government of Mexico to unify all sectors and accelerate collective action for bigger and bolder commitments and actions for gender equality over the next five years. Our commitments focus on the importance of including all in the activism and work to achieve gender equality, including LGBTIQ persons.

 


Individual Commitments


  1. OutRight commits to conduct research and advocacy designed to end conversion practices (sometimes known as “conversion therapy” or “sexual orientation / gender identity change practices”). By working on international, regional and domestic levels, OutRight will create new legal, faith-based, human rights, and health-based resources and pathways for dismantling the system of state and non-state actors that permits conversion practices. 
  2. OutRight commits to establish a regional expert network in Asia to strengthen national initiatives working at the intersections of gender-based violence and discrimination based on SOGIESC (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics). The network will foster learning exchanges; develop a regional information hub on best practices; create new training resources and evidence-based data on solutions; advocate for legal and policy reform; and showcase inclusive and effective programs and services. 
  3. OutRight commits to advocate for laws and policies in the Caribbean that will help end the cycle of gender-based violence by specifically targeting sodomy laws, the lack of gender identity recognition, and unequal or inadequate laws on sexual or domestic violence.  OutRight will additionally create model protocols that can be applied domestically and regionally to ensure that the rule of law is applied without discrimination.

 


Collective Commitments


 

A. With the GBV Action Coalition

a. Harmful Practices

We the undersigned leaders of the Action Coalitions on Gender- Based Violence and Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, commit to prevent and respond to harmful practices against women and girls in all their diversity. We recognize that harmful practices against women and girls take many forms and are also forms of gender-based violence which may be specific to cultures and geographies. 

Specifically, we commit to address one or more forms 1 of harmful practice against women and girls in all their diversity including; Female Genital Mutilation and Child Early and Forced Marriage. We commit to ensuring the protection of women and girls in all their diversity, the prevention of harmful practices and response to and support for survivors through the reversal of discriminatory laws and the implementation of policy measures; the scale up of evidence-driven prevention programming; the provision of specialized quality accessible services and psycho-social support for survivors; ensuring trauma-informed, victim-/survivor-centered access to justice and supporting and accelerating grassroots-led movements of women and girls in all their diversity.

 

b. ILO 190

We, the leaders and commitment makers of the Action Coalitions on Gender-Based Violence and Economic Justice and Rights, commit to prevent and eliminate gender-based violence and harassment against women in all their diversity in the world of work, incorporating an inclusive, integrated and gender-transformative approach that applies to all sectors, whether private or public, both in the formal and informal economy, and in urban or rural areas; through one or more of the following:  

  1. Advocacy for the ratification and implementation of ILO Convention No.190; 
  2. Ratification of ILO Convention No.190, and its effective implementation in line with ILO Recommendation No. 206;   
  3. Adoption and implementation of gender transformative work-related policies and programmes in line with the provisions of  ILO C190 and R206; 
  4. Create safe and healthy work environments that recognize the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment.

 

c. The Shared Agenda Advocacy Accelerator to Prevent GBV to Prevent Gender-Based Violence against Women and Girls in all their diversity

The Accelerator will focus its work in service of the following:

  • Provide capacity support for the field to serve as advocates for this commitment;
  • Prioritizing violence prevention within the Sustainable Development Goals agenda across all goals;
  • Investing in and supporting the work of women’s organizations and movements working on violence
  • prevention, through core, long term and flexible funding;
  • Implementing a holistic and mutually reinforcing set of evidence-based and practice-informed
  • programs and policies that are grounded in local realities, as outlined in the RESPECT framework;
  • Funding research priorities and gaps as outlined in the Global Shared Research Agenda; and
  • Connecting resources and coordinating across fields to address intersecting forms of discrimination women face based on multiple layers of identity.

The expected impact will be twofold:

  • More and better money spent: More and better” resourcing is a core ask for women’s rights and feminist movements. “More” includes new funders directly supporting violence prevention programs and current funders investing on a substantially larger scale. “Better” includes resourcing in forms that are accessible to women’s rights organizations and movements and fund movements’ priorities, including through core and multi-year support. “Better” also means that funding is going to evidence-based and practice-informed policies and programs we know prevent violence.
  • Advocacy coordinator: The Accelerator will serve as the advocacy coordinator and hub for other initiatives seeking to end and prevent GBV.

 


B. With Other Civil Society Partners

a. Breakthrough

Let's Breakthrough, Inc. ("Breakthrough") and OutRight Action International ("OutRight") recognise that gender inequality and gender-based violence affects anyone who doesn’t fit into perceived social and gender norms, especially LGBTIQ people. As such, we commit to advocating for gender equality and an end to gender-based violence against all women, transgender and non binary people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, religion, disability, social, economic or any other status. 

In all of our advocacy efforts, we will challenge and inspire our partners to do the same.

 

b. Women Deliver (AGIP • Canada • CREA • Denmark • Rockefeller Foundation • Women Enabled International)

The Women Deliver 2023 Conference (WD2023) aims to promote, expand, and ensure a robust civic space for feminist action, organizing, and mobilization. Grounded in advancing gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights, WD2023 commits to developing an inclusive, diverse, accessible, and consultative convening, that is co-led and co-created with partners from around the world. We will implement an innovative and accessible platform both in-person and virtually, to ensure that communities often underrepresented in global convenings have the opportunity to meaningfully participate in networking, leadership skills-building, access funding opportunities, and participate in conversations around global agenda-setting for gender equality.

Programming for WD2023 will prioritize girl- and adolescent-friendly safe spaces that encourage capacity building and leadership development. Youth leadership and participation will be foundational to program development, with 100% of panels including youth speakers and organizers. WD2023 will prioritize the themes of the Action Coalitions (ACs) throughout the Conference program and serve as a mechanism for connecting progress made throughout other policy windows, including GEF. WD2023 will dedicate space for ACs, the Care Alliance, and the Climate Justice movement to continue momentum generated at GEF by sharing progress, exchanging ideas, and soliciting feedback.

 

c. AWID

The Global Alliance for Sustainable Feminist Movements is an emerging multi-stakeholder initiative focused on exponentially increasing, sustaining and improving financial and political support for women’s rights and feminist organizations and movements. Announced at the Generation Equality Forum (GEF) in Mexico, the idea is being co-developed by Canada, the Netherlands, the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, Philanthropy Advancing Women’s Human Rights (PAWHR), the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)/Count Me In! Consortium (CMI!), the Global Fund for Women, the Equality Fund, and Prospera. The initial idea for a Global Alliance can be traced back to early conversations at CMI!’s Money and Movement convening and through on-going exchanges between members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC) and PAWHR in the margins of Women Deliver, GenderNet and the UN Commission on the Status of Women.