Organization: Asian Pacific resource & research centre for woment (arrow)
Sexual orientation, gender identity and expressions (SOGIE) are integral to every person’s dignity and humanity and must not be the basis for discrimination or abuse. It is undeniable that SOGIE remains one of the most hotly contested and often the divisive issue in the advocacy for sexual rights. Almost in all countries in the region, people experience human right violations based on the sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics.
The Yogyakarta Principles are by far the most authoritative statement on what international human rights law obliges States to do and not do in promoting and protecting the rights of persons of diverse sexual orientations ad gender identities. They confirm legal standards for how governments and other actors should end violence, abuse, and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and ensure full equality. The panel will bring together advocates and activists who will share experiences on how far we have come from Yogyakarta and what does the future in LGBTIQ advocacy look like in the region.
Language and terminology is often the central point of contention in spaces and fora discussing sexual right specifically LGBTIQ rights. It carries a heavy weight and significance, particularly so for groups that have been marginalized, stigmatized and whose existence are often denied. The session will explore the need and level of compromise that advocates need to make in language and terminology while advancing advocacy of these rights in the region.
Time: 12:00-13:30 - 28/11/2017