OutRight Now: Gender Justice Under Attack

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OutRight Now January 2018. OutSummit.

Hi Friend,

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) started on Monday. It is the largest annual gathering of civil society, governments, UN agencies, and other stakeholders on women’s rights and gender justice globally. You can bet that OutRight is there, as we are every year, to ensure visibility of LGBTIQ people and our issues.

In fact, OutRight was there holding ground and organized the first ever lesbian tent at the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, were the Beijing Platform was agreed upon. This was the foundation of the creation of the CSW.

Actually, in the fall of 1994, OutRight, or IGLHRC as we were known then, pushed for sexuality to be on the agenda of the Beijing conference by putting together a petition that garnered over 6,000 signatures from all over the world.

LGBTIQ issues, along with issues about women’s sexual reproductive health and rights, and comprehensive sexual education have long been contentious at the CSW. Religious fundamentalist groups, like C-fam, CitizenGo, and conservative Member States and the Holy See fight mercilessly for our human rights to be excluded from conversations and official documents. This year they are doubling down their efforts and calling for the creation of “an army of pro-lifers” intent on stopping any progress on issues that matter to me and you.

This is why it is so important that OutRight and the many activists that we support and partner with from around the world, are at CSW raising our voices, bringing our issues to decision makers, and pushing for normative progress.

I am happy to let you know that this year, OutRight has helped to make sure that LGBTIQ issues are more prominent than ever before at the CSW. OutRight is hosting four LGBTIQ events during CSW, including partnering with UN Women most high-profile event, taking place today. This will be the first time LGBTIQ issues are included in the UN Women flagship event!

CSW is certainly action packed! We get too little sleep but are left energized by the fearless feminists who flock to New York City for these two weeks!

This year, we aim to do everything we can to move the needle forward for women's rights and gender justice globally.

Be sure to follow our activities at CSW on our Twitter @Outrightintl through the CSW LBTI Caucus website, and follow conversations on our priorities using the hashtags #CSW4LBTI and #feministvisions.


Jessica Stern,
Executive Director,
OutRight Action International