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Sub-Working Group on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual +

Improving quality, access, and availability of sexual and reproductive health services in humanitarian settings for LGBTQIA+ populations

Overview

The IAWG Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual+ (LGBTQIA+) sub-working group aims to improve quality, access and availability of sexual and reproductive health services in humanitarian settings for LGBTQIA+ populations by improving cross sector collaboration, ensuring inclusion through established technical standards, engaging LGBTQIA+ networks, and advocating with agencies working in sexual and reproductive health in emergencies.

Priority Objectives

  1. Raise awareness about LGBTQIA+ sexual and reproductive health needs in humanitarian settings within the field and among all IAWG members globally.
  2. Build and enhance the knowledge and capacity of IAWG members around the sexual and reproductive health needs, concerns, and priorities of LGBTQIA+ persons.
  3. Connect and build linkages and strengthen the meaningful cooperation and collaboration with LGBTQIA+ groups, the field of sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian settings; and non-humanitarian actors with expertise working with SRH-related concerns for LGBTQIA+ populations,
  4. Advance inclusion of LGBTQIA+ populations and integrate consideration of their particular needs throughout all phases of the emergency management cycle.

Activities in 2020

  1. Prepare and conduct a side event for the IAWG Annual meeting in December 2020; Reaching Sexual and Gender Minorities (LGBTQIA+) with Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights care in emergencies.
  2. Update LGBTQIA+ advocacy messages
  3. Maintain library of relevant guidance and best practices of sexual and reproductive health rights from the development actors
  4. Conduct LGBTQIA+ webinar for institutionalisation
  5. Act as a knowledge hub and network of organisations to share key resources, events, and more with the sub-working group and liaise with the IAWG steering committee on issues related to LGBTQIA+ inclusion.

Leadership

  • International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
  • Women Deliver

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual+

Addressing the priorities and objectives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual+ persons' sexual and reproductive health considerations during humanitarian crises and emergencies.