At the 58th Commission on the Status of Women, held in New York from 10 to 21 of March 2014, IGLHRC organized two panel events in line with the theme "Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls." Violence, discrimination and stigmatization of lesbians, bisexual women and transgender (LBT) people hampers progress toward the accomplishment of the eight UN Millennium Development Goals.
LBT Violence in Asia
Grace Poore, Regional Program Coordinator for Asia, hosted a roundtable discussion with two members of IGLHRC's five-country research project on violence against LBT people in Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines and Sri Lanka. Angie Umbac of Rainbow Rights Project in the Philippines and a representative from Sri Lanka's research team, who has asked to remain anonymous, shared findings from the project and hosted a discussion about how the findings prevent the full accomplishment of the Millennium Development Goals. Watch a short video of the discussion produced by Iranti-org and soginews.com below and read an article about the event at soginews.
LBT Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean
María Mercedes Gómez, Regional Program Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, along with six activists from Chile, Colombia, St. Lucia and Venezuela discussed the prevalence of violence against LBT people in each of their countries.
On the panel were Erika Montecinos, an LGBT activist and director of Rompiendo el Silencio from Chile; Macarena Saéz, a Chilean Lawyer and Fellow in the International Legal Studies Program at American University and a Member of the ALAS Network; Andrea Parra, from Colombia, Universidad de los Andes, Director of Programa de Acción por la Igualdad y la Inclusión Social (PAIIS); Martha Elena Pataquiva, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Coordinadora Grupo Nacional de Clínica y Odontología Forenses, Instituto Nacional de Medicina Legal y Ciencia Forenses; Kenita Placide from St. Lucia, Co-director of United and Strong Inc.; and Tamara Adrian a Venezuelan Lawyer and Member of Red de Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales, Trans e Intersexuales de Venezuela, ILGA-LAC Board Member. Listen to the visual podcast produced by soginews.com and Iranti-org, below:
Published on March 27, 2014 | OutRight Action International an LGBT human rights organization