Gender equality = LGBTI equality?

The correlation between gender equality and sexual minority rights

Lab debate
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
09:00 to 10:15

Strong linkages exist between the ongoing discrimination and marginalisation of women and girls and the challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Both result from the idea that there are only two sexes, biologically determined at birth, and that every person must behave according to that sex. This restricts people’s control over their lives and their bodies, in living their lives and fulfilling their potential. This hinders development and progress not only for the individual, but also for society as a whole. Development agendas such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the EU Gender Action Plan can have a much larger impact if sexual minorities are included in the discussion on gender justice, gender equality and equal opportunities.

Organised by


Angela Langenkamp
GIZ Gender Commissioner
GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit)
Joyce Hamilton
COC Nederland
Adrian Jjuuko
Executive Director
Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum, Uganda
Gloria Mutyaba
Freedom and Roam, Uganda
Micah Grzywnowicz
Co-Chair of the Executive Board
ILGA-Europe (European LGBTI Association)
Diana Rutabingwa
Technical Advisor
GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit)