Since 2003, ARC International has been advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. ARC plays a unique role in facilitating strategic planning around LGBT issues internationally, strengthening global networks, and enhancing access to UN mechanisms. ARC is the only organization with a full-time presence in Geneva committed to advancing LGBT issues within the UN human rights system, and it has played a key role in the development of the Yogyakarta Principles on the application of International Human Rights Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. ARC has been successful in engaging the support of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, ensuring that the records of all UN states on LGBT issues are subjected to international scrutiny, and bringing international support to the work of NGOs in countries around the world.
In 1991 an informal alliance of sex workers and organisations that provide services to sex workers formed as the Network of Sex Work Projects. NSWP is a legally constituted international organisation for promoting sex workers' health and human rights. With member organisations in more than 40 countries, the Network develops partnerships with technical support agencies to work on independently-financed projects.
The mission of Sappho for Equality is to address the issues associated with marginalised women and to broaden the struggle for democracy and equal rights within the Indian nation-state and beyond. This mission is generated from their own experiences of struggle against their own sexual subaltern status, and they believe that without establishing the rights of lesbian, bisexual and transgender women (some of whom today populate the liminal regions even of categories recognised as marginal), no society can in any sense consider itself emancipated. Their vision is thus: without recognising the radical possibility that same-sex orientation of women is politically charged against the hetero-normal dominance that is sustained by patriarchy, no democratic struggle can achieve its goal.
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is a leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
Four critical goals shape IGLHRC's work:
- To advocate for the elimination of discriminatory laws, policies and practices, such as sodomy laws which empower police and other authorities to abuse, harass, extort, imprison and execute.
- To support the enactment and implementation of anti-discrimination laws, policies and practices to help build a world that is more equitable and fair.
- To strive to reduce family, community and state-sanctioned violence, publicly condemning all forms of violence against individuals because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
- To actively promote economic, social and cultural rights, such as those related to employment, housing, education and health.
The Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) is a regional coalition of MSM and HIV community-based organisations, the government sector, donors, technical experts and the UN system. The main purpose is advocating for political support and increases in investment and coverage of HIV services in Asia Pacific. APCOM promotes principles of good practice and lessons learnt by bringing together representatives from diverse groups in an effort to share experience, knowledge and expertise.
As the world enters the third decade of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, women - especially the young and the poor - are increasingly affected. Because gender inequity fuels HIV/AIDS and HIV/AIDS fuels gender inequity, it is imperative that women and girls speak out, set priorities for action, and lead the global response to the crisis.
ATHENA was created to realize this imperative. The network builds upon the work of individuals and entities who have been committed to this challenge for years, and intends to use coordinated, collective action to advance their efforts further.
The Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) is a network of 2000 autonomous organizations and individuals in 157 countries. Since 1984 the WGNRR has worked to improve and support reproductive and sexual health and rights for women. Historically, WGNRR has played a major role in the fight for reproductive freedom for all women. It has been the political home of grassroots organizations and established NGOs worldwide. By bringing these groups together into an international network, WGNRR has been able to raise their voices and increase their impact in international, regional and local advocacy.
The Pink Space Sexuality Research Centre provides opportunities for sexually oppressed people to express their sexual desires and practices, and to form communities in order to fight for sexual rights. The centre works with a variety of groups, including women living with HIV, female sex workers, women married to gay men, lesbians, bisexual women, female to male transgendered persons, women with disabilities, and single mothers.
Founded in 1992, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health (PRCH) is a national network of pro-choice physicians who are committed to providing and advocating for the best possible care for patients. PRCH exists to ensure that all people have the knowledge, access to quality services, and freedom to make their own reproductive health decisions.
The Federacion Argentina de Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales y Trans (the Argentinian Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Trans) promotes the acceptance of diversity and fights against all types of discrimination (for instance, based on sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, nationality etc) that imply distinction, exclusion or restriction. The federation consists of a variety of member organisations.
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