European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

September 2015

No. 241. September 2015. In this issue...

ILGA-Europe

Education

Employment

Equality and non-discrimination

Freedom of assembly

Health

Human rights defenders

Legal gender recognition

Notice board


ILGA-Europe

 

Annual Conference 2015 - see you in Athens!

In exactly one month the ILGA-Europe Annual Conference will be taking place in Athens, Greece. Preparations are well under way: we will have over 40 workshops this year and our Greek partners are working on a fantastic social programme. Speakers include Jessica Stern of newly-named OutRight Action International, Geeta Misra from CREA, Murat Kölyü from Kaos GL, Mike Jackson from LGSM, special LGBTI envoy Randy Berry, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, and Thomas Hammarberg is our guest of honour. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone soon in Athens!
Read more on our website
 

Silver Rainbow – Let older LGBTI people shine

 

ILGA-Europe meets U.S. Special Envoy on the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, Randy Berry

 

#WeApologise - open letter to people fleeing war, persecution and poverty

As a member of the Social Platform, #WeApologise for the EU leaders’ lack of humanitarian aid, coordinated policies and dignified treatment of people fleeing conflicts. ILGA-Europe calls on EU leaders to respect EU values, welcome people seeking refuge in the EU and treat them with dignity. Some heads of states have finally started to make the rights steps responding to the current humanitarian crisis. What is needed however is a humane asylum and migration policy across the EU, also fully taking into account the situation of LGBTI asylum seekers and their rights to protection.
Read the open letter on the website of Social Platform

Education

 

European Parliament demands Commission and Member States to tackle LGBT-phobia in schools

On 9 September, the European Parliament agreed that the European Commission and Member States should work together to tackle homophobia and transphobia in education. The report, authored by Portuguese Member Liliana Rodrigues, calls on the Commission to “combat discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in educational settings.”

Employment

 

ILGA-Europe joins Global Benchmark Partner

The Workplace Pride Global Benchmark is a measurement tool for LGBT workplace inclusion. Employers taking part in the annual Global Benchmark Survey receive individual reports of their performance allowing them to make progress on being more inclusive.
Read more about Global Benchmark here
 

Launch of Ukrainian Corporate Equality Index

On 17 September, a number of Ukrainian organisations are jointly presenting the first Ukrainian Corporate Equality Index. The Index is a national survey of corporate policies, rules and practices of the Ukrainian business to ensure non-discrimination in the workplace and support equality and diversity.

Equality and non-discrimination

 

European Parliament supports cohesive EU approach on human rights

On 8 September, the European Parliament voted in support of a report on the situation of fundamental rights in the EU (2013-2014) [Ferrara report]. ILGA-Europe welcomes the votes and the fact that the Members of the European Parliament rejected a number of proposed amendments aiming to curtail its scope or water down its substance.
Read more about the vote here
 

The human rights of intersex people in Europe

On 8-9 September 2015, five European intersex activists took part in a study visit in Strasbourg, organised by ILGA-Europe. They met with members of the European Parliament, the Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner and officials from the Council of Europe. In particular, on 8 September, they took part in an event on the human rights of intersex people that was organised by the European Parliament's LGBTI Intergroup.
Read more about study visit here
 

United Kingdom parliamentary committee discussing trans equality in open sessions

The newly-formed Women and Equalities Select Committee of the UK parliament has been moving into reviewing provisions for trans people in the UK across a number of areas. In September the committee discussed in open sessions health/hate crime and young trans people/criminal justice. The sessions will continue in October, and you can follow them here.
 

European Parliament adopts resolution on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan

On 10 September, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan, reiterating that “the negotiations for a Strategic Partnership Agreement with Azerbaijan should be immediately put on hold as long the government fails to take concrete steps in advancing respect for universal human rights”. The European Parliament, inter alia, highlighted that it is “extremely concerned over the situation of LGBTI people” and “condemns political hate speech against LGBTI people”.
Read more about the resolution here
 

Twelve UN agencies issue unprecedented joint statement on rights of LGBTI people

On 29 September 2015, 12 UN entities (ILO, OHCHR, UNAIDS Secretariat, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNODC, UN Women, WFP and WHO) released an unprecedented joint statement calling for an end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. The statement is a powerful call to action to Governments to do more to tackle homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination and abuses against intersex people, and an expression of the commitment on the part of UN entities to support Member States to do so.
Read more about the statement here
 

Call for good practices in advocacy and campaigning

There is undoubtedly a wealth of excellent of knowledge and experience on campaigning and advocacy activities in the LGBTI movement around Europe. ILGA-Europe in the last few months started to map and analyse some of these valuable experiences with a view to disseminate positive cases studies and encourage peer to peer learning. We encourage our members to flag good practices in advocacy and campaigning. Should you have inputs to share with us, please do not hesitate to contact Laura Piazza, Campaign & Programmes Officer.
 

Freedom of assembly

 

Pride event banned in Montenegro

The Pride march due to take place in the city of Nikšić was banned for the 3rd time this year earlier in September. ILGA-Europe have written to Prime Minister Dukanović, reminding him that fundamental freedoms, such as the right to assemble peacefully, are not one-off privileges, granted to LGBTI advocates and allies as a ‘favour’. This protection should be commonplace.

 

Successful Pride celebrations in Belgrade

On 20 September, around 300 people marched through Belgrade from the government building to the Serbian parliament after riot police closed off the city centre to ensure the safety of the Pride parade, which has been attacked by right-wingers in previous years. Prior the Pride week, ILGA-Europe sent our congratulations and support to everyone who has organised public events during the celebrations taking place.
Read more about the Pride in Belgrade here
 

Health

 

Joint letter to President Juncker on HIV, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis


Human rights defenders

 

Two prominent Turkish LGBTI activists lost their lives in car accident


Legal gender recognition

 

Gender recognition law awaits Polish President's signature

In 2015, several European countries have taken important steps to improve their gender recognition procedures. ILGA-Europe calls on the Polish President Duda to follow the path of Ireland and Malta and to sign the Gender Accordance Act into law. The new Act will enable Polish trans citizens to enjoy their basic rights and freedoms.
Read more the gender recognition law in Poland here

Notice board

 

Job opportunities with OutRights Action International

OutRights Action International (formerly known as International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission) in New York is looking for a Director of Programs and a United Nations Program Coordinator.