Introduction new Asia and the Pacific Delegate
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) South Asia Regional Office is the new Asia and the Pacific Delegate for 2023-2024, represented by Sonal Giani (they/their), Senior Technical Advisor-Diversity and Inclusion.
Sonal Giani is a dynamic activist with over 15 years of experience advocating for LGBTQIA+ rights in India and South Asia. As a Senior Technical Advisor – Diversity and Inclusion at the IPPF South Asia Regional Office, they provide technical assistance to Member Associations for implementing inclusive strategies and empowerment approaches in the field of SRHR. Sonal has a proven track record of advancing inclusive practices by operationalizing Gender Equality and Diversity and Inclusion policies across the region.
Their technical expertise has been instrumental in fostering gender-equitable and LGBTIQ+-friendly SRHR services, information, and education within the broader framework of SRHR.
Sonal has played a significant role in India’s advocacy efforts towards LGBTQIA+ rights, including the legal fight towards decriminalizing the community and the visibility of the hidden Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transmasculine groups. They began their journey at The Humsafar Trust, India’s oldest LGBTQIA+ rights organization working as an Advocacy Manager.
Since then, they have co-founded several initiatives that work towards the rights of these communities, including Yaariyan – India’s largest LGBTQIA+ youth group, and Umang – A support group for Indian Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transmasculine persons.
Sonal has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including the ‘Diversity Leadership Award’ by the World HRD Conference in 2016 and the ‘Queero’ Award by Six Degrees, an LGBTQ Growth Network.