Advocating for LGBTQI Inclusion in the Finance and Private Sector in Asia
Linking and Learning
The work being done under Finance Inc., and advocate with the private sector were communicated widely through various regional and international conferences. These are also strategic venues to advocate for LGBTQI inclusion with various stakeholders, and share the project outputs to a broader audience.
Lessons learned and reflections during the project implementation of Finance Inc. will be shared with a broader range of stakeholders in the region. This regional meeting aims to bring the conversations about LGBTQI inclusion to other organizations in the region.
Under Finance Inc, APCOM participated in various regional and international meetings and conferences, and also initiated regional discussions on diversity and inclusion.
- A session during the World Bank Civil Society Forum last October 2018 titled ‘SOGIESC Inclusion in Regional Multi-Lateral Development Banks: Taking a leaf out of the World Bank’s Playbook’ at the Bali International Convention Center.
- A pre-session at ILGA Word Conference (March 2019) which highlighted the importance of SDG 2030 framework, the importance of all LGBTI civil society organizations to understand and make use of international mechanisms.
- A session titled “Integrating Rights Based Approaches in LGBTQI Advocacy: Focus on Economic and Social Rights’. At the 8th ILGA Asia Conference last August 2019.
- Finance Inc Partners Meeting in November 2020 where a project Theory of Change and Design of Pilot projects were developed.
We realize that a lot still needs to be done and that we have embarked on a long journey. With our partners we need to strengthen advocacy and look further into processes and procedures. The project shows important evidence to the current barriers and opportunities for significantly advancing the economic inclusion of LGBTQI.
There is a need to scale up engagements with the private sector on LGBTQI inclusion, and ensuring that voices of LGBTQI communities are meaningfully involved in these engagements.
APCOM and our country partners are cognizant that changes especially those at the level of policies, attitudes, and behaviors take a long time.
And we are committed to this journey of contributing to the collective goal of ‘leaving no one behind.’
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