Stop Bullying: Ending Violence and Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

A Celebration of International Human Rights Day
For entry to UN Grounds and event you must RSVP to aschwarz@iglhrc.org by December 6, 2011 in order to receive a special event ticket. Public and press welcome.

WHAT:

Panel side event, followed by open Q&A.

A coalition of State Missions to the United Nations and NGOs focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) human rights celebrate International Human Rights Day. Public and Press welcome.

WHO:

Philippe Kridelka, Director UN Educational, Scientific and Culutral Organization (UNESCO)

Nadine Moawad, Coordinator at Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies based in Beirut, Lebanon

Doi Nakpor, Outreach worker at Mplus Foundation based in Chiangmai, Thailand.

Judy Shepard, Co-Founder Matthew Shepard Foundation based in Casper, Wyoming

Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, United Nations

Ifeyani Orazulike, Executive Director of the International Centre for Advocacy on Rights to Health (ICAHR) based in Abuja, Nigeria.

Question and answer session open to all.

This event is organized by a coalition of Member States with support from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Watch.

WHEN:

Thursday, December 8, 2011 – 1:15pm to 2:30pm

WHERE:

UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber, North Lawn Building; United Nations Headquarters, First Ave between 45th & 46th St.

WHY:

To commemorate International Human Rights Day, a coalition of Member States has organized its annual side event to recognize systematic violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people throughout the world. LGBT youth are often particularly vulnerable to bullying on this basis—at school, on the playground and on the streets of their hometowns and villages. This year’s panelists will explore the topic with both reports from human rights violations on the ground and inspiring stories for change.

Each year, the United Nations commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by holding events about the current state of human rights around the world and celebrating the accomplishments of human rights defenders.