Five years ago the number of openly LGBTI individuals elected and in government positions in Latin America and the Caribbean could be counted on one hand. Today, there are over 70. These leaders are on the forefront in the fight for equality. From the 4th of September, their experiences will be part of the reflection in the First Meeting of LGBTI Political Leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean, that is going to be held in Perú. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex leaders will identify progress, challenges, and best practices in the processes of political participation of the LGBTI population in the region.
Hivos supports and finances this event that seeks to promote and increase awareness of the political participation of the LGBTI population in the democratic institutions of their states, in the arenas of political participation in the region, and in international systems of human rights protection.
During twenty years of support to the LGBT movement, Hivos has helped marginalized groups turn into professional organizations that advocate for equal rights within their countries.
Over 300 people will join the meeting in Perú. The participants will engage in three days of discussions, training, and leadership skills development, creating networks on key issues for the performance of their duties.
The participants are elected or appointed officials with a position within the government or public administration, or a position of responsibility within a political party and either have been candidates or will be candidates in the near future, and LGBTI leaders from civil society or the corporate world with an interest in increasing diversity in political representation of the region.
The participants will leave the meeting with new ideas on political participation and how to work to advance equality. They will share and learn from the experiences of others and other leaders who are actively involved in their democracies, acquire new skills that will help them become better leaders and build networks of mutual support with others with the same aspirations: to actively participate in their democracies to transform our communities and create more just and egalitarian societies.