Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing LGBTI people into poverty and exposing marginalized LGBTI people to increased surveillance, violence, and abuse. Communities are urgently responding to a flurry of new human rights abuses stemming from hastily enacted measures to contain COVID-19 and new forms of scapegoating and blame. LGBTI-led organizations and regional networks are on the frontlines of responding and designing innovative programs to support those most in need.
This webinar seeks to highlight the approaches and strategies that regional networks are taking to respond to human rights violations and deprivations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and government measures to contain it.
Key Topics that will be discussed include:
- What strategies are being adopted by LGBTI organizations to provide humanitarian support (food and income) for people excluded from social protection systems?
- How are groups and campaigns countering narratives of scapegoating and blame?
- How are incidents of violence and abuse being recorded, and where are these incidents being reported?
- In what ways are different segments of the LGBTI community impacted differently by the situation?
Elie Ballan (he/him), Head of Health Department, M-Coalition Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality
Berry Nibogora (he/him), Human Rights and Law Officer, AMSHeR
Inad Quiñones Rendon (he/him), Programmes Officer, APCOM
Stephen Leonelli (he/him), Senior Policy Advisor, MPact
Communities Respond to COVID-19: Protecting and Promoting Human Rights for LGBTI People