Pre-Conference Programming: Elected Officials Advancing Hemispheric Priorities through Inclusion and Diversity Attendee Survey

 

      

 

Pre-Conference Programming: Elected Officials Advancing Hemispheric Priorities through Inclusion and Diversity Attendee Survey

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    Opening speakers are invited to share their perspectives on the current state of inclusion of LGBTI persons in the continent and the benefits of creating more inclusive environments.H.E. Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OASH.E. Ambassador Jorge Lomónaco, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the OASMr. Ruben Gonzales, Vice President for Leadership Initiatives, LGBTQ Victory Institute
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    Parliaments play a crucial role in strengthening democracy and promoting good governance. Several countries in the Americas have adopted laws that create more inclusive legal frameworks and allow the LGBTI population and other underrepresented groups to contribute more fully to society. In this session, panelists will talk about these legislative trends and discuss challenges and opportunities for parliaments in fostering more inclusive democracies in the region. Moderator: H.E. Ambassador Jennifer Loten, Permanent Representative of Canada to the OASMP Randy Boissonnault, Member of the Canadian Parliament and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues, CanadaMr. Alberto de Belaunde, Member of Congress, PeruMs. Desiree de Sousa Croes, Former Member of Parliament, Estates of ArubaConclusions and recommendations: Mr. Steven Griner, Director of the Department of Sustainable Democracy and Special Missions, OAS
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    Inclusion and economic growth are critical to democratic governance and a happy citizenry, yet many underestimate the degree to which they are intertwined. More and more studies show that inclusion promotes economic growth and that inclusive societies are among the most prosperous. Experts on this panel from both the public and private sectors will share how integral development plans focused on LGBTI economic inclusion can contribute to sustainable economic growth. Moderator: Ms. Janet Boyd, Director of Government Relations, The Dow Chemical CompanyMr. Phil Crehan, Director – Global Division , National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, USAConclusions and recommendations: Ms. Kim Hurtault-Osborne, Executive Secretary for Integral Development, OAS
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    Strong democracies must respect the human rights of all its citizens – and that includes enforceable laws to prevent discrimination and encourage full political participation. While some countries in the region have taken significant steps to address discrimination against LGBTI people and other marginalized groups, others have failed to acknowledge the problem. On this panel, speakers will discuss the progress made in the region and provide strategies to advance non-discrimination laws.Moderator: Ms. Joan Caivano, Deputy to the President & Director of Special Projects, Inter-American DialogueDep. Tamara Adrián, Member of the National Assembly, VenezuelaMr. Luis Eduardo Salazar, Presidential Commissioner on LGBTI Issues, Costa RicaMr. Jonathan Stevens, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership and International Affairs, AARP, USAConclusions and recommendations: Ms. Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian, Director of the Department of Social Inclusion, OAS
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    LGBTI people across the continent continue to face violence and harassment because of their sexual orientations or gender identities, which often inhibits their full participation in society. This lack of security is frequently related to government policies or politics or to a failure in acknowledging or addressing the violence. On this panel, experts will share their perspective on safety for LGBTI people and discuss measures to mitigate the harmful effects that arise when a population is fearful.Moderator: Mr. Herbert Paes de Barros, National Secretary of Citizenship, Human Rights Ministry, BrazilMs. Aziza Lake, Senator, Antigua and BarbudaMs. Jacqueline Montero, Member of Congress, Dominican RepublicMs. Valerie Woods, Senator, BelizeConclusions and recommendations: H.E. Ambassador Adam Namm, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission, OAS
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    Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO, LGBTQ Victory InstituteH.E. Ambassador Paula María Bertol (invited) Permanent Representative of Argentina to the OASMs. María Claudia Pulido, Assistant Executive Secretary for the Monitoring, Promotion and Technical Cooperation, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)Mr. Gastão Alves de Toledo, Secretary for Access to Rights and Equity, OAS
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