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During these 16 Days of Activism, Don’t Leave the LGBTIQ Community Behind

Every year, November 25th is marked as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. And every year, December 10th is marked as Human Rights Day. The number of days in between (16 days to be exact) is 16 days of activity each year against gender-based violence. They serve as a reminder that such violence remains a decisive battle in the fight for gender equality and that women’s rights are human rights. 16-day activities are usually considered a battle between women and girls, but they also need to be important and inclusive for the people of LGBTIQ. Especially now.

why? Because gender-based violence against women and girls in all diversities has the same cause of gender-based violence against LGBTIQ people. The heart of gender-based violence is outdated, but it is a deeply rooted expectation of patriarchy about the role and appearance of gender and the perception of how things “should” be. Anyone who somehow does not fit or disagrees with these perceived norms and traditions can be the target and victim of gender-based violence. As LGBTIQ people, we challenge such norms by our presence.

The World Health Organization estimates that one in three women and girls around the world experience physical and / or sexual intimate violence at least once in their lives. These levels have changed little over the last decade, indicating that the problem is too prevalent. In the last two years, gender-based violence has increased dramatically since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is due in part to mass unemployment, financial difficulties, collapsing livelihoods, and containment associated with tight space containment. For example, in China in February 2020, the number of reported domestic violence tripled compared to February 2019.

For the LGBTIQ people, OutRight has documented that gender-based violence is the most common form of violence faced by the LGBTIQ community around the world. Center for Survivor Advocacy and Justice The rate of abuse has dramatically increased to about 50% More for women and girls who have reached their limits due to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, and cognitive / physical abilities. OutRight report “Amplification of vulnerability: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people in LGBTIQ reflects this, and almost all interviews we conducted show an increasing rate of domestic and domestic violence. ..

The pandemic also exacerbated other inequality and reversed the development of gender and LGBTIQ equality. The United Nations estimates that COVID-19 may prevent 11 million girls from returning to school, which increases the risk of their children getting married. The economic downturn is expected to drive an additional 47 million women and girls into extreme poverty in 2021. Or a narrow definition of the family in the distribution of aid.

This year’s 16-day activity correctly focuses on breaking out of the pandemic, amplified levels of exclusion of women and girls, and the rate of increase in gender-based violence. Campaign titled “Orange the World: END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN NOW!” Find long-term sustainable solutions to address the rate of increase in times of crisis, as well as address the general epidemic of gender-based violence. Focuses on that.

These efforts are important and necessary. But to be successful, they also need to be comprehensive. A pandemic is a reminder that a pandemic will continue to cause havoc in people’s lives without including everyone in their recovery efforts. If you want to get out of this crisis, excluding LGBTIQ is not an option. The same is true for gender-based violence efforts. Since the root cause of gender-based violence is the same for women and LGBTIQ people, every effort to address this issue should include LGBTIQ and non-binary people. price.

Internationally, let’s start by using the term “gender-based violence,” which is more comprehensive than “violence against women.” As a civil society, we need to raise the voice of the people of LGBTIQ and share stories about how gender-based violence affects their lives. Funders need to support and support LGBTIQ organizations that serve survivors of gender-based violence. Relevant stakeholders need to collect fragmented data on gender-based violence that LGBTIQ people are suffering from, and policy makers are responsible for developing and implementing public policies to combat gender-based violence. People should be included.

The only successful long-term solution for a 16-day activity is to clearly include the needs and challenges faced by LGBTIQ people. The Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015 to achieve a better and more sustainable future call on the world to “leave no one behind.” This should include LGBTIQ people.

About the author:

Louisa Dramondo Veado (she / she) is a United Nations Program Officer. OutRight Action International.. She is a Brazilian lawyer at the University of Essex International Human Rights Law LLM. She has worked for the LGBTI Human Rights Report of the US Human Rights Commission, the US Human Rights Court, the Center for International Law of Justice, and the Minas Gueret Human Rights Council.
Daina Ruduša (She / she) is a senior communication manager OutRight Action International.. Prior to joining OutRight, he spent almost three years at ILGA-Europe, a leading European-level LGBTIQ organization. She has also worked for the international development organizations CARE International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dyna holds an LLM in Human Rights and International Public Law from the Riga Law School.

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