Date: Wednesday 6 October 2021
Time: 12:30pm CEST
In 2020, the UN Human Rights Council adopted the resolution 45/29, entitled “Promoting, protecting and fulfilling women’s and girls’ full enjoyment of human rights in humanitarian situations”.
The resolution recognises that humanitarian situations have the potential to exacerbate pre-existing or to create new patterns and structures of discrimination, including multiple and intersection forms of discrimination, and inequalities resulting in a disproportionately negative impact on the enjoyment of human rights by women and girls.
Amongst those women and girls are lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer women and girls, whose diversity of SOGIESC create specific and often critical needs in humanitarian settings.
In 2021 Edge Effect completed a ground-breaking report with UN Women on gaps in humanitarian responses that leave the rights, needs and strengths of people with diverse SOGIESC unrecognised and unaddressed.
This side-event will highlight the need for a new global commitment to address these gaps, starting with women and girls with diverse SOGIESC.
Permanent Mission of Australia in Geneva (opening remarks)
Victor Madrigal-Borloz, UN Independent Expert on SOGI
Manisha Dhakal, Blue Diamond Society
Emily Dwyer, Edge Effect
Maria Holtsberg, UN Women