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LBTI Caucus statement in reaction to Political Statement of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women

Publisher: International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
Publication Date: Mar 2015

The Commission on the Status of Women’s (CSW) Lesbian, Bisexual women, Trans, and Intersex (LBTI) Caucus is represented by over 70 non-governmental and civil organisations working for the promotion and protection of human rights and empowerment of all persons, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or intersex status. Together, they have released a signed statement reacting to the Political Declaration adopted at the 59th session of the CSW, in which they express both disappointment and cautious optimism.

The statement begins by expressing regret with how the process leading up to the adoption of this years Political Declaration unfolded, particularly the fact that negotiations closed before the formal start of the Commission, thereby removing consultation with civil society. The document refers to the important role of LBTI persons prior, during, and after the development and implementation of the Beijing Platform, and reminds that both twenty years ago, and in other UN fora, sexual orientation is discussed openly; the LBTI Caucus demands the same level of inclusion at the CSW.

On a positive note, the statement expresses optimism that many governments relayed concerns over the uneven progress towards the Beijing priorities, and pledged to take concrete actions to overcome gender stereotypes, transform discriminatory norms, and strengthen the implementation of laws and policies for the benefit of all women and girls. Additionally, optimism is drawn from the Political Declaration acknowledging the need to empower all women and girls through a transformative Post-2015 negotiation process.

In conclusion however, these things are not deemed sufficient. The caucus demands bold leadership from governments in implementing transformative change that benefits LBTI persons. The devastating consequences of intersecting discrimination and marginalisation must be acknowledged in a human rights based Post-2015 agreement, one that can overcome social and structural barriers that exclude persons on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and intersex status. Finally, the statement demands accountability and transparency in negotiations, and meaningful and equal recognition in education, work, governance, economy, social security, health care and all other areas of concern.

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