Being LGBTI in Asia

 The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is lit up in rainbow colours as part of activities around the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) 2015. Photo: UNESCO/W. Field.

Being LGBTI in Asia is a regional programme aimed at addressing inequality, violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status, and promotes universal access to health and social services. It is a collaboration between governments, civil society, regional institutions and other stakeholders to advance the social inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. The programme recognizes that LGBTI people are highly marginalized and face varied forms of stigma and discrimination based on their distinct sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. The programme is supported by UNDP, the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Objectives

Convening stakeholders

The programme brings key stakeholders together to foster a greater understanding of the marginalization and exclusion faced by LGBTI people in the region. The purpose of this is to identify, discuss and eventually move beyond the obstacles that contribute to exclusion, discrimination and violence against people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities. This objective includes facilitating South-South cooperation and learning opportunities among governments, civil society, human rights bodies and other stakeholders.

Regional partners include: the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF), Asean SOGIE Caucus (ASC), B-Change Foundation, International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) UN Women, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), World Health Organization (WHO), The Economist Events, The Lancet and the Salzburg Global Seminar.

A Technical Advisory Group provides guidance to the initiative, comprising experts from academia, civil society, government, human rights bodies, communication and social media, the private sector and LGBTI groups.

Strengthening strategic information

The programme strives to address the large research gaps that currently exist on the stigma, discrimination, violence and human rights violations experienced by sexual and gender minorities in Asia. By addressing these gaps the programme seeks to equip duty bearers with the strategic information required to adequately address stigma and discrimination, end harmful practices that fuel human rights violations against LGBTI individuals in public and private settings, and to ensure these marginalized groups have equal access to justice and public services.

Objectives

Convening stakeholders

The programme brings key stakeholders together to foster a greater understanding of the marginalization and exclusion faced by LGBTI people in the region. The purpose of this is to identify, discuss and eventually move beyond the obstacles that contribute to exclusion, discrimination and violence against people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities. This objective includes facilitating South-South cooperation and learning opportunities among governments, civil society, human rights bodies and other stakeholders.

Regional partners include: the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF), Asean SOGIE Caucus (ASC), B-Change Foundation, International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) UN Women, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), World Health Organization (WHO), and The Economist Events and The Lancet.

A Technical Advisory Group provides guidance to the initiative, comprising experts, including LGBTI people, from academia, civil society, government, human rights bodies, communication and social media, and the private sector.

Strengthening strategic information

The programme strives to address the large research gaps that currently exist on the stigma, discrimination, violence and human rights violations experienced by sexual and gender minorities in Asia. By addressing these gaps the programme seeks to equip duty bearers with the strategic information required to adequately address stigma and discrimination, end harmful practices that fuel human rights violations against LGBTI individuals in public and private settings, and to ensure these marginalized groups have equal access to justice and public services.

Expected outcomes

·       Increased participation of LGBTI people in policy development including universal access to health, social services, education and employment, and rule of law and accountability mechanisms

·       Greater understanding amongst stakeholders of the development dimensions and inclusion  of people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities  

Together, these objective and outcomes contribute to the achievement of:

      

 

Being LGBTI in Asia regional reports

UNDP (2015). Report of the Regional Dialogue on LGBTI Human Rights and Health in Asia-Pacific.

UNDP, APF, APCOM (2015). Report of the Workshop on the Role of NHRIs in Promoting and Protecting the Rights, including Health, of LGBTI People in Asia and the Pacific.

UNESCO, UNDP (2015). Meeting Report: Asia-Pacific Consultation on School Bullying Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression, 15-17 June 2015 Bangkok, Thailand.

UNDP (2015). Leave no one behind: Advancing social, economic, cultural and political inclusion of LGBTI people in Asia and the Pacific - Summary.

Key global resources

United Nations (2015). Joint UN statement on Ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

UNOHCHR (2015). Report to the Human Rights Council on discrimination and violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity(A/HRC/29/23).

Human Rights Council (2014). Human Rights Council resolution - Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity (A/HRC/RES/27/32).

OHCHR. UN Free & Equal campaign

 

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Objectives

Convening stakeholders

The programme brings key stakeholders together to foster a greater understanding of the marginalization and exclusion faced by LGBTI people in the region. The purpose of this is to identify, discuss and eventually move beyond the obstacles that contribute to exclusion, discrimination and violence against people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities. This objective includes facilitating South-South cooperation and learning opportunities among governments, civil society, human rights bodies and other stakeholders.

Regional partners include: the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF), Asean SOGIE Caucus (ASC), B-Change Foundation, International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) UN Women, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), World Health Organization (WHO), and The Economist Events and The Lancet.

A Technical Advisory Group provides guidance to the initiative, comprising experts, including LGBTI people, from academia, civil society, government, human rights bodies, communication and social media, and the private sector.

Strengthening strategic information

The programme strives to address the large research gaps that currently exist on the stigma, discrimination, violence and human rights violations experienced by sexual and gender minorities in Asia. By addressing these gaps the programme seeks to equip duty bearers with the strategic information required to adequately address stigma and discrimination, end harmful practices that fuel human rights violations against LGBTI individuals in public and private settings, and to ensure these marginalized groups have equal access to justice and public services.

Expected outcomes

·       Increased participation of LGBTI people in policy development including universal access to health, social services, education and employment, and rule of law and accountability mechanisms

·       Greater understanding amongst stakeholders of the development dimensions and inclusion  of people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities  

Together, these objective and outcomes contribute to the achievement of:

      

 

Being LGBTI in Asia regional reports

UNDP (2015). Report of the Regional Dialogue on LGBTI Human Rights and Health in Asia-Pacific.

UNDP, APF, APCOM (2015). Report of the Workshop on the Role of NHRIs in Promoting and Protecting the Rights, including Health, of LGBTI People in Asia and the Pacific.

UNESCO, UNDP (2015). Meeting Report: Asia-Pacific Consultation on School Bullying Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression, 15-17 June 2015 Bangkok, Thailand.

UNDP (2015). Leave no one behind: Advancing social, economic, cultural and political inclusion of LGBTI people in Asia and the Pacific - Summary.

Key global resources

United Nations (2015). Joint UN statement on Ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

UNOHCHR (2015). Report to the Human Rights Council on discrimination and violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity(A/HRC/29/23).

Human Rights Council (2014). Human Rights Council resolution - Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity (A/HRC/RES/27/32).

OHCHR. UN Free & Equal campaign

 

[Right rail to include: project overview (with no mention of focus countries); links to country reports; videos (maybe embedded – Helen Clark, B-Change, Regional Dialogue); Twitter feed?; follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Youtube, Medium; Subscribe to our newsletter/mailing list.]

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Objectives

Convening stakeholders

The programme brings key stakeholders together to foster a greater understanding of the marginalization and exclusion faced by LGBTI people in the region. The purpose of this is to identify, discuss and eventually move beyond the obstacles that contribute to exclusion, discrimination and violence against people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities. This objective includes facilitating South-South cooperation and learning opportunities among governments, civil society, human rights bodies and other stakeholders.

Regional partners include: the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF), Asean SOGIE Caucus (ASC), B-Change Foundation, International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) UN Women, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), World Health Organization (WHO), and The Economist Events and The Lancet.

A Technical Advisory Group provides guidance to the initiative, comprising experts, including LGBTI people, from academia, civil society, government, human rights bodies, communication and social media, and the private sector.

Strengthening strategic information

The programme strives to address the large research gaps that currently exist on the stigma, discrimination, violence and human rights violations experienced by sexual and gender minorities in Asia. By addressing these gaps the programme seeks to equip duty bearers with the strategic information required to adequately address stigma and discrimination, end harmful practices that fuel human rights violations against LGBTI individuals in public and private settings, and to ensure these marginalized groups have equal access to justice and public services.

Expected outcomes

·       Increased participation of LGBTI people in policy development including universal access to health, social services, education and employment, and rule of law and accountability mechanisms

·       Greater understanding amongst stakeholders of the development dimensions and inclusion  of people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities  

Together, these objective and outcomes contribute to the achievement of:

      

 

Being LGBTI in Asia regional reports

UNDP (2015). Report of the Regional Dialogue on LGBTI Human Rights and Health in Asia-Pacific.

UNDP, APF, APCOM (2015). Report of the Workshop on the Role of NHRIs in Promoting and Protecting the Rights, including Health, of LGBTI People in Asia and the Pacific.

UNESCO, UNDP (2015). Meeting Report: Asia-Pacific Consultation on School Bullying Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression, 15-17 June 2015 Bangkok, Thailand.

UNDP (2015). Leave no one behind: Advancing social, economic, cultural and political inclusion of LGBTI people in Asia and the Pacific - Summary.

Key global resources

United Nations (2015). Joint UN statement on Ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

UNOHCHR (2015). Report to the Human Rights Council on discrimination and violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity(A/HRC/29/23).

Human Rights Council (2014). Human Rights Council resolution - Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity (A/HRC/RES/27/32).

OHCHR. UN Free & Equal campaign

 

[Right rail to include: project overview (with no mention of focus countries); links to country reports; videos (maybe embedded – Helen Clark, B-Change, Regional Dialogue); Twitter feed?; follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Youtube, Medium; Subscribe to our newsletter/mailing list.]

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Expected outcomes

  • Increased participation of LGBTI people in policy development including universal access to health, social services, education, employment, and rule of law and accountability mechanisms
  • Greater understanding amongst stakeholders of the development dimensions and inclusion  of people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities  

Together, these objective and outcomes contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals:

Resources

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