The IAWG Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer + (LGBTIQ+) sub-working group aims to improve quality, access and availability of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SHR) services in humanitarian settings for LGBTIQ+ populations by improving cross sector collaboration, ensuring inclusion through established technical standards, engaging LGBTIQ+ networks, and advocating with agencies working in SRH in emergencies.
- To raise awareness about LGBTIQ+ needs in humanitarian settings within the field of humanitarian SRH and among global IAWG members;
- To build and enhance the knowledge and capacity of IAWG members around the SRH-related needs, concerns and priorities of LGBTIQ+ persons;
- To connect and build linkages and strengthen the meaningful cooperation and collaboration with LGBTIQ+ groups, other non-humanitarian actors with expertise working with SRH-related concerns for LGBTIQ+ populations, and the SRH humanitarian field; and
- To advance inclusion of LGBTIQ+ populations, and integrate a consideration for their needs, in all phases of the emergency management cycle.
Activities in 2018-2019
- Develop a matrix tailored to IAWG sub-working groups (i.e GBV, adolescents, abortion, contraception, data, etc) to articulate how LGBTIQ+ populations are at increased vulnerability and face additional barriers in accessing services;
- Create a library of relevant guidance and best practices of SRHR from the development world;
- Gather resources and info graphics to showcase and describe the different LGBTIQ+ people and groups (e.g. lesbian, trans women, trans lesbians, etc.) to distribute among IAWG and partners;
- Produce a key advocacy messaging document on the need to focus on SRH for LGBTIQ+ persons in humanitarian settings; and
- Develop a partnership list of LGBTIQ+ networks and organizations to engage with and reach out for collaboration.
 Inclusion of LGBTIQ+ people is required under existing humanitarian principles and human rights mandates – e.g. “leave no one behind”, evidence regarding key populations, etc. Addressing their unmet needs is critical and exclusion (intentional or ancillary) violates existing principles and mandates.
 This document aims to provide targeted advocacy and messaging for practitioners, policy makers and other key stakeholders.