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HRC 47 Side Event – Feminist and LGBTI Movements: Uniting is Our Strength

Side event at the 47th UN Human Rights Council

Feminist and LGBTI Movements: Uniting is Our Strength

Date: Wednesday 7 July
Time: 2.00 – 3.30pm CEST
Languages: English; Spanish; International Sign Language (to be confirmed)

Registration for this event is closed. Watch this event in the video below.

The fight for LGBTIQ+ human rights and the fight to advance gender equality are inextricably linked. And yet, anti-trans violence and hate increase day by day and trans, and non-binary people have been targeted specifically by both anti-rights and anti-gender actors that seek to revert gender equality gains.

At the 47th session of the Human Rights Council, important discussions that affect both the LGBTI and Feminist movements will be held.

Building on the momentum, States and organisations are co-hosting this global, diverse, cross-regional event. This occasion will bring together women and LGBTIQ+ human rights defenders to speak to the challenges and opportunities created by the crises we face today, and to share reflections on the importance of inclusive and intersectional feminist LGBTI mobilisation.


  • Permanent Missions of The Netherlands and Argentina


  • Asia-Pacific Transgender Network (APTN)
  • Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)
  • Center for Reproductive Rights
  • COC Nederland
  • CREA
  • GATE
  • ILGA World
  • International Planned Partenthood Federation (IPPF)
  • Outright Action International
  • RFSL
  • Transgender Europe (TGEU)

Opening remarks:

  • Human Rights Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Bahia Tahzib-Lie


  • Erika Castellanos (GATE)


  • Victor Madrigal-Borloz, UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • Ivana Radačić, member of the Working Group on discrimination against women and girls
  • Geeta Misra, CREA
  • Gloria Careaga, Fundación Arcoiris
  • Julia Ehrt, ILGA World

Women, feminist, LGBTIQ+ and trans-led organisations have also come together on the occasion of the 47th UN Human Rights Council to jointly affirm feminist principles.

Groups from all over the world have co-signed a letter to reiterate that we must combat and dismantle the patriarchal systems of power which continue to oppress and exclude many of us, if we want to achieve justice, equality and liberation for all.  Both organisations and individuals worldwide are warmly invited to sign on to the letter, and to circulate it widely among their networks.