58th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

Violence Against Lesbians, Bisexual Women and Transgender People Challenges the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals

IGLHRC is sponsoring and co-sponsoring a series of parallel events for the 58th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN Headquarters in New York City. CSW 58 runs from Monday, 10 March to Friday, 21 March, 2014. You're invited!


ASIA: Stigmatization, Discrimination and Violence against Lesbians, Bisexual Women and Transgender People
Monday, 10 MARCH at 12:30 PM

UN Church Center, Grumman Room, 8th Floor
777 First Avenue at 44th street, New York City

Violence experienced by lesbians, bisexual women and transgender (LBT) people in many Asian countries is seldom reported or investigated. Consequently, it is under recognized and unacknowledged. 

This roundtable looks at violence through the lens of LBT people in Sri Lanka, Philippines, Pakistan, Malaysia and Japan. 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.

Roundtable Discussion Participants: 

  • Angie Umbac, (Philippines) Rainbow Rights Project 
  • Grace Poore, Asia Regional Program Coordinator, IGLHRC
  • LBT Activists from Sri Lanka and Malaysia

Discussion participants are members of the research team of IGLHRC’s regional study on violence against LBT People in Malaysia, Japan, Pakistan, Philippines, and Sri Lanka. Publication of the study’s findings to be released in May 2014.


LATIN AMERICA: Stigmatization, Discrimination and Violence against Lesbians, Bisexual women and Transgender People
Tuesday March 11, at 10:30 AM

UN Church Center, Drew Room, Ground Floor
777 First Avenue at 44th Street, New York City
 
This bilingual (Spanish/English) panel looks at violence through the lens of LBT people in Chile, Colombia and Venezuela. Violence experienced by LBT people in many Latin American countries is seldom reported or investigated. Consequently, it is under recognized and unacknowledged. 

Panelists: 

  • Erika Montecinos: (Chile), LGBT activist, Director of Rompiendo el Silencio
  • Macarena Sáez: (Chile), Lawyer, Fellow in International Legal Studies Program at American University, Member of the ALAS Network
  • Andrea Parra: (Colombia) Universidad de los Andes, Director of Programa de Acción por la Igualdad y la Inclusión Social (PAIIS)
  • Martha Elena Pataquiva: (Colombia) Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Coordinadora Grupo Nacional de Clínica y Odontología Forenses, Instituto Nacional de Medicina Legal y Ciencias Forenses
  • Kenita Placide: (St. Lucia) Co-executive Director, United and Strong Inc., Co-Secretary General to CariFLAGS, ILGA World Board Member
  • Tamara Adrián: (Venezuela) Lawyer: Member of Red de Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales, Trans e Intersexuales de Venezuela, ILGA-LAC Board Member
  • María Mercedes Gómez: (Colombia) LAC Regional Program Coordinator at  IGLHRC, General Coordinator for the ALAS Network

Traditional Values and Cultural Practices: Not at the Expense of Women and LGBT People!
Friday March 14 at 10:30 AM

Salvation Army, Downstairs Room
221 East 52nd Street, New York City

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.

Sponsored by: RFSL and IGLHRC
Panelists:

  • Maria Fontonelle (St. Lucia)
  • Victor Mukasa (Uganda)
  • Angie Umbac (Philippines)
  • Sheherezade Kara (ARC International)
  • Manny de Guerre (Russia) 

Hosted by: Ulrika Westerlund, President of RFSL


Criminalization of Sexuality and Reproduction: Violating Human Rights, Impeding Progress on the MDGs
Tuesday March 18 at 12:30 pm

UN Church Center, Boss Room, 8th Floor
777 First Avenue at 44th Street, New York City

As the 58th CSW focuses on “challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls,” panelists will discuss how restrictive and punitive laws on sexual and reproductive conduct and identities block progress toward achieving the MDGs.
 
Sponsored by: IPAS and IGLHRC
Panelists:

  • Marianne Møllmann (Director of Programs, IGLHRC)
  • Carrie Eisert (Amnesty International)
  • Gretzel Brozovich (IPAS Bolivia)
  • Chrispine Sibande (IPAS Malawi) 

Hosted by: Gillian Kane, IPAS Senior Policy Advisor