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Russian proposal defeated today in the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly

Russian proposal defeated today in the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly

The proposal from the Russia Federation to deny benefits to legal same-sex couples at the UN was not adopted today during a vote in the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly, with 80 countries voting against the proposal, 43 voting for it, and 43 countries abstaining.

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Joint letter addressed to EU High Commissioner Baroness Catherine Ashton, US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Joint letter addressed to EU High Commissioner Baroness Catherine Ashton, US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

To: Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, European Union

Cc: The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State, United States of America
Cc: The Honorable Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General, United Nations

Baroness Ashton

We are writing to you in coordination with other Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) staff associations (EGALITE, GLIFAA, and UN-GLOBE). We are proud to have been able to work alongside your management teams to advance equality and non-discrimination across our workforces. We appreciate the progress that has been made, especially in recent years.

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Free & Equal, the new campaign of the OHCHR

Free & Equal, the new campaign of the OHCHR

ILGA welcomes Free & Equal, the new global campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

As 76 countries still criminalise same sex sexual activities between consenting adults, while around the world too many people still face violence and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, the importance of a campaign launched by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights cannot be overstated: it shows not only how serious the commitment of High Commissioner Navanethem Pillay and her staff on equality is, but it also powerfully undermines any attempt to defend the indefensible, i.e. the idea that, “somehow”, one can make an exception as to the universality of human rights when it comes to LGBTI people.

We invite all our members to spread this campaign globally in all their networks.” said Gloria Careaga and Renato Sabbadini, Co-Secretaries General, ILGA The campaign follows an OHCHR report published in December 2011, which was the first ever official UN report on violence and discrimination against LGBT persons. The report documented widespread human rights abuses. Today, more than 76 countries still criminalise consensual, same-sex relationships, while in many more discrimination against LGBT people is widespread – including in the workplace as well as in the education and health sectors. Hate-motivated violence against LGBT people, including physical assault, sexual violence, and targeted killings, has been recorded in all regions of the world.

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UN Programme and Advocacy Manager (Vacancy at ILGA – Geneva)

UN Programme and Advocacy Manager (Vacancy at ILGA – Geneva)

Download the recruitment pack including the application form or contact alessiavalenza@ilga.org

Closing date for receipt of applications by e-mail: 17.00 CET, 25th January 2013.

1. ILGA

ILGA aisbl is a 34-year-old association of over 1000 member organizations worldwide that operates at the global level to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. The association is governed by an international board and elects two Secretaries General to represent it on a political level. A staff of five professionals based in Brussels, Belgium, supports the work of the association on a day-to-day level.ILGA values creative and inclusive approaches to work and management. We are committed to working in partnerships and coalitions with a wide range of external organizations and to constantly developing ILGA as an international membership human rights organization.

2. The Job

This is an exciting new position within the team of ILGA. In coordination with the Executive Director and the Co-Secretaries General, the post holder will be responsible for leading, developing and implementing the UN Programme and Advocacy activities of ILGA in Geneva. This will include investigating opportunities and devising actions for international lobby and advocacy on LGBTI issues in relation to treaty bodies, special procedures, and resolutions. To fulfil the newly created position of UN Programme and Advocacy Manager we are looking for a colleague for 37,5 hours per week to be based in Geneva. Main tasks:

  • Within the framework of the strategic objectives and key issues identified in the Strategic Plan and in the Operational Plans, in coordination with the Executive Director and the Co-Secretaries General, to draft a work programme detailing actions for ILGA’s engagement with the UN human rights structures and to propose activities. The programme specifies target and expected results, potential partners, funders, timeline and foreseeable costs of the actions
  • Strategizing on UN processes in consultation with ILGA members and key stakeholders
  • In coordination with the UN Liaison Officer, actively looking for networking opportunities, developing relationships with key stakeholders
  • Managing and developing ILGA’s activities at the UN including HRC, resolutions, Special Procedures, Treaty Monitoring Bodies and cooperate with the UN Liaison Officer on the UPR and the EUActively coordinating, collaborating and consulting with ILGA members (i.e. COC, ARC International, IGLHRC etc.) and ILGA’s regions together with the UN Liaison Officer whenever appropriate

Main Job requirements

  • Excellent knowledge of the UN System and, in particular of the workings and procedures of the UNHRC (e.g. UPR) and the OHCHR, in relation to the developments affecting LGBTI rights and the international LGBTI movement.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in working at the UN level
  • Knowledge of the international LGBTI movement and issues related to it and at least 5 years first-hand experience in an LGBTI organization operating at the international level.
  • Fluent English and French, both written and oral and good working knowledge of Spanish.

3. Gross salary

The salary scale for the post of UN Programme and Advocacy Manager is €66,000EUR – €72,000EUR (gross annual salary) depending on experience. The organisation offers 25 days annual leave, luncheon vouchers, and covers local transport. Some relocation support to Geneva is also possible.

ILGA is the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. Funded in 1978, it is a world-wide network of local, national and international groups from every continent and representing 110 countries. ILGA is dedicated to achieving equal rights and ending all forms of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people.
ILGA, 17 rue de la Charité | 1210 Bruxelles | Tel +32 2 502 24 71 | Fax +32-2-223 48 20 | www.ilga.org| Fax +32-2-223 48 20

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