Date: Monday 28 September 2020
Time: 2:00 PM Central European Summer Time
We believe that today, more than ever, it is crucial to differentiate between individuals’ and communities’ expression of faith and belief, and the politicization of religion. We have also seen religious leaders and communities advocate for the most marginalised, including sexual and gender minorities. Indeed, in parallel to this trend of increasing authoritarianism and fundamentalism, we have also seen increased resistance, including from faith and belief communities and leaders, rising to the occasion, supporting the LGBTI+ community and reclaiming space for them, as well as for other minority groups. Amid this violence and in this hostile atmosphere, some faith and belief leaders and communities have shown up for minority groups. In the context of COVID-19, the world witnessed the many calls for unity expressed by religious leaders taking action in solidarity with those of all faiths to address vulnerabilities within our societies. They have demonstrated again that faith traditions and communities can offer us hope, as they support us to seek to live with dignity and fight against oppression in all its forms.
This side event will seek to explore these examples and stories.
Caroline Ausserer (Journalist, Germany)
Victor Madrigal-Borloz, UN Independent Expert on SOGI