From December 2nd to December 10th, IraQueer participated in OutRight Action International's Advocacy Week where 60 LGBTIQ activists from 27 countries come to New York city to meet with different government representatives and UN officials. The week included meetings with United Kingdom Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, South African Ambassador Jerry Matthews Matjila, and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, as well as dignitaries from Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and more.
Throughout the week, activists also participated in high-level meetings with UN agencies such as the UNDP, UN-GLOBE, UN Women, and UNICEF, in addition to regional and thematic group meetings such as with Permanent Mission country representatives from the ASEAN region and the European Union. The activists will also engage in a conversation on the Free & Equal Campaign, the UN’s campaign to promote the rights of LGBTIQ people. By hosting this week of advocacy and bringing activists to New York, OutRight aims to elevate the voices and concerns of global activists, with diverse country level experience and perspectives, to the level of the UN, and directly with government missions and UN agencies, to catalyze tangible policy and legislative change and increase the protections of LGBTIQ people everywhere.
The global week of advocacy culminates on December 10th, International Human Rights Day, with OutSummit, a one-day global conference themed “Pushing the Boundaries for Global LGBTIQ Activism” to bring together U.S.-based and international activists to meet and discuss critical issues affecting the global LGBTIQ movement. This year’s conference highlights some of the world’s foremost experts and activists discussing the most cutting edge issues impacting the global human rights movement.
During this year's summit, Amir Ashour, the founder and executive director of IraQueer was the keynote speaker. You can watch his speech here.