Event: Addressing Exclusion Based on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

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Organized jointly by the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Task Force and Social Inclusion GSG

Addressing Exclusion Based on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

9:00 – 10:00 am

Auditorium J1-050

World Bank J Building
701 18th Street, NW

Breakfast served at 8:30 am

External Participants: email kkasprzycka@worldbank.org

Watch via Adobe Connect

“We face so much stigma and discrimination every day…

We are so used to it, and we think that it’s a part of our life”

-Rudrani Chettri


Social Inclusion is central to achieving the World Bank twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. As the Social Development Flagship Report ‘Inclusion Matters’ notes, exclusion based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) exists in different forms across cultures, and in every region.  Homosexuality is illegal in many countries, sometimes even punishable by death, although it is common for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people to face social exclusion even where homosexuality is not illegal.  Social stigma driven by homophobia and discriminatory laws fuels the exclusion of LGBT people and create barriers to accessing markets, services and spaces.

Commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17), the SOGI Task Force and the Social Inclusion Global Solutions Group invite you to a panel about the role of development in addressing SOGI-based exclusion.

Chair: Hassane Cisse, Director, Governance Global Practice, World Bank Group

Opening Remarks: Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank Group

Presenter: Chloe Schwenke, Professor, Georgetown University

Chloe Schwenke is professor at McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, She has served as vice president for global programs at Freedom House in Washington, D.C. and as a political appointee for the Obama Administration at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) as USAID’s Senior Advisor on LGBT Policy and as USAID Africa Bureau’s Senior Advisor on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance. She is a scholar, human rights activist, and development practitioner, focused on design, management, implementation, and evaluation of a wide range of programming, including LGBTI, gender equality, and civil society capacity building.

Presenter: Nikilas Mawanda, Human Rights Defender & Co-Founder, Trans Support Initiative-Uganda

Nikilas Mawanda is Co-Founding and Former Executive-Director of Trans Support Initiative – Uganda, the first transgender and gender non-conforming people’s organization in the region. He has served the Ugandan LGBT community for more than 10 years. During his career, he has played key roles in organizing, mobilizing and advocacy through organizations like Freedom and Roam Uganda, Transgender, Intersex and Transsexuals Uganda, The Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law and he is also one of the pioneers of the Trans -Africa Movement. Nikilas serves as Secretary Board of Directors Sexual Minorities – Uganda (SMUG), Second Spokesperson for the Ugandan LGBTI National Security Committee, and Executive Committee member of the Coalition of African Lesbians and Gender Diverse People in Africa. He recently received the Global Courage Award as an International Human Rights Advocate from the Center Global Refugee and Asylum Network.

Moderator: Jeffrey Waite, Adviser to Vice President, World Bank Group


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