Good Practices from Asia-Pacific 6: LGBTIQ+ Rights and Inclusion in Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction

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This resource is relevant for humanitarian practitioners interested in best practice for diverse SOGIESC inclusion in a variety of thematic areas; it focuses on Asia and the Pacific, and is a useful starting point.

This document provides specific examples of emerging best practice for the inclusion of LGBTIQ+ people in humanitarian action and DRR planning and response. The document opens with a brief overview of the pre-emergency status of the LGBTIQ+ population—often the most marginalised in a society—and notes the lack of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression (SOGIE) disaggregated data that perpetuates this marginalisation and invisibility. The paper then provides a summary of an emerging best practice paper—Edge Effect’s ‘Down by the River’ (2018) report—before providing infographics on LGBT awareness.

The document then summarises IPPF’s approach to LGBTIQ+ inclusion, the findings of a recent Pakistan Red Crescent Transgender roundtable,  and the insights from a meeting of Pacific Island LGBTIQ+ community members. The themes of exclusion, discrimination and widespread violence are constant throughout this document.

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"In practice, however, many states and societies continue to discriminate against and actively perpetuate violence towards LGBTIQ+ persons, resulting in structural violence and social and economic vulnerabilities that are exacerbated
and compounded by crises and natural disasters."

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This document provides specific examples of emerging best practice for the inclusion of LGBTIQ+ people in humanitarian action and DRR planning and response. The document opens with a brief overview of the pre-emergency status of the LGBTIQ+ population—often the most marginalised in a society—and notes the lack of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression (SOGIE) disaggregated data that perpetuates this marginalisation and invisibility. The paper then provides a summary of an emerging best practice paper—Edge Effect’s ‘Down by the River’ (2018) report—before providing infographics on LGBT awareness.

The document then summarises IPPF’s approach to LGBTIQ+ inclusion, the findings of a recent Pakistan Red Crescent Transgender roundtable,  and the insights from a meeting of Pacific Island LGBTIQ+ community members. The themes of exclusion, discrimination and widespread violence are constant throughout this document.