In 16 Days of Activism, Do Not Leave the LGBTIQ Group Behind

Every year, November 25 is recognized as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. And each year, December 10 is recognized as Human Rights Day. The average days – 16 of them to be exact – are 16 days a year to combat violence against women. They serve as a reminder that such atrocities continue to be a major battle for women’s rights, and that women’s rights are human rights. Although the 16 days of struggle for freedom are seen as a fight for women and girls, it is also important, and should include, LGBTIQ people. Especially now.

Why? The causes of violence against women and girls in all races, as well as gender-based violence against LGBTIQ, are similar. At the beginning of the violence against men and women is old-fashioned, old-fashioned expectations of status and appearance, as well as ideas of how things should “be”. Anyone who in any way disagrees with it, or opposes the practices or traditions that it assumes, can be victimized and subjected to violence against men and women. As LGBTIQ people we oppose such traditions and our existence.

The World Health Organization estimates that 1 in 3 women and girls worldwide have been physically and / or at least once in their lifetime. These standards have remained unchanged over the past decade, indicating that the issue continues to escalate. In the last two years, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, gender-based violence has grown significantly, possibly as a result of job loss, economic hardship, economic instability and closure associated with closure in small communities. For example, in China in February 2020 the number of reports of domestic violence tripled, compared with February 2019.

Regarding LGBTIQ people, OutRight wrote that gender-based violence is a form of violence that LGBTIQ people experience around the world. The Center for Survivor Advocacy and Justice highlights this the risk of violence rose sharply to around 50% is higher for women and girls who are discriminated against on the basis of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, or identity. OutRight Report “Vulnerability Amplified: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBTIQ People ”is also in line with this, highlighting the rise in domestic and family violence in almost every interview we did.

The epidemic has exacerbated other inequalities, reversing the progress of gender equality and LGBTIQ. The UN estimates that 11 million girls will not be able to return to school because of COVID-19, thus increasing their chances of getting married as children. Economic hardships are expected to push more than 47 million women and girls out of extreme poverty by 2021. LGBTIQ people continue to face unemployment, barriers to access to health care, and long-term inadequacy of access to treatment and treatment that undermine gender equality. or lower family meanings in the distribution of care.

This year’s 16-day civil rights campaign focuses on the epidemic, the growing number of women and girls, and the increasing levels of gender-based violence. The “Orange the World: Campaign to End Violence Against Women NOW!” focuses on finding sustainable solutions that have long been used to address the spread of gender-based violence, as well as to address the growing risks of crisis.

This effort is vital and vital. But to succeed, they must also be cooperative. The epidemic is a sobering reminder that without the involvement of anyone in the recovery process, the epidemic will continue to wreak havoc on people’s lives. Except for the LGBTIQ is not a choice if we want to get out of this situation well. The same is true with dealing with gender-based violence. Since the root causes of gender-based violence are the same for women and LGBTIQ people, any effort to address this issue should include LGBTIQ and non-binary people, all victims of gender-based violence. prices.

All over the world, let’s start using the term “gender-based violence” because it is more common than “violence against women”. As civil society organizations we need to raise the voice of LGBTIQ people and share stories about how violence against women affects their lives. Donors should support and support LGBTIQ organizations that provide support to survivors of gender-based violence. Stakeholders need to collect countless data on gender-based violence experienced by LGBTIQ communities, and policymakers need to involve LGBTIQ people in developing and implementing government policies on violence against women.

The only way to address the long 16-day period of violence will be successful if it clearly combines the needs and challenges faced by LGBTIQ people. The Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN in 2015 to achieve a better and more sustainable future make the world “Leave No One behind”. This should include LGBTIQ members.

About the Authors:

Luiza Drummond Veado (he) is the United Nations Program Officer at Ideas for the company OutRight Action International. He is a Brazilian lawyer with an International Human Rights Law LLM from the University of Essex. He has worked for the Rapporteurship on Rights of LGBTI Persons of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Inter-American Court on Human Rights, the Center for Justice and International Law, and the Minas Gerais State Human Rights Council.
Daina Ruduša (he) is the Senior Communications Manager at Ideas for the company OutRight Action International. Prior to joining OutRight he spent almost three years at ILGA-Europe, Europe’s leading LGBTIQ organization. He has also worked for CARE International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Daina holds an LLM in Human Rights and Public International Law from the Riga Graduate School of Law.

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