LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

“Equality for All” conference on discrimination issues faced by LGBT and Religion and Belief-based communities

The event aimed at identifying common experiences of discrimination between LGBTI people and religious and belief groups, gaining knowledge on EU anti-discrimination legal framework and exploring areas of potential tension in a spirit of dialogue and mutual understanding.

After presentations by Equinet and the European Commission on the EU anti-discrimination framework, participants brainstormed on their lived experiences of discrimination in the areas of health, education, employment and access to goods and services. In the afternoon, they worked on case-studies aiming at identifying together ways forward to overcome tensions and misunderstandings.

60 persons attended the event, representing ILGA-Europe and ENORB members, but also equality bodies, and policy makers at EU level.

The event was opened by Ulrike Lunacek (Vice President of the European Parliament and co-chair the LGBTI Intergroup). Jean Lambert (Member of the European Parliament) and Johan ten Geuzendam (European Commission, DG Justice) participated to the closing panel.

For more info: Sophie Aujean, Senior Policy & Programmes Officer