HRC48 side event: "The only way is up"


48th session of the UN Human Rights Council
side event

"The only way is up 
- a call for a global response to the exclusion of people with diverse SOGIESC
in humanitarian response and disaster risk reduction"

Date: Wednesday 6 October 2021
Time: 12:30pm CEST

Follow this link to register

The image shows six rulers in different colours, forming a Pride flag. it reads: The only way is up.

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

Event organised by

  • Edge Effect
  • ILGA World

with the sponsorship and support of

  • Permanent Mission of Australia in Geneva
  • Permanent Mission of Uruguay in Geneva
  • UN Women
  • Center for Reproductive Rights

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