New York – Special Event with Ban Ki-moon and Yvonne Chaka Chaka: “Leadership in the Fight against Homophobia”
WHEN: Tuesday, 11 December 2012, from 3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Note: The event will be broadcasted through UN Webcast (webtv.un.org) and recorded (for access to the material, see contacts below). The video message by Archbishop Tutu will be available shortly after the event at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Discrimination/Pages/LGBTVideos.aspx
WHO: Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, French Minister for Women’s Rights
H.E. Herman Schaper, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations
Yvonne Chaka Chaka (the “Princess of Africa”), South African musician, singer and campaigner
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (via video)
Blas Radi, LGBT human rights defender, Argentina
Olena Shevchenko, LGBT human rights defender, Ukraine
Gift Trapence, LGBT human rights defender, Malawi
WHAT: High-level event on the role of leadership in the fight against homophobia
· Speeches by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French Minister for Women’s Rights Najat Vallaud-Belkacem
· Interview with Yvonne Chaka Chaka, who will also perform a song from her new album
· Interactive discussion with human rights defenders from Argentina, Ukraine and Malawi
· Video message by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
WHERE: United Nations Headquarters – North Lawn Building, Conference Room 2
WHY: In December 2011, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) published the first official UN report on violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. The report documented widespread human rights abuses. More than 76 countries still criminalize consensual, same-sex relationships, while in many more discrimination against LGBT people is widespread – including the workplace and in the education and health sectors. Hate-motivated violence against LGBT people, including physical assault, sexual violence, and targeted killings is recorded in all regions. This special event will focus on the need for both legal reform and public information to counter homophobia. In a series of speeches, interviews and exchanges, leaders from the fields of diplomacy, politics, religion, music and civil society will also reflect on the impact that individuals, especially those in the public eye, can have when they take a public stand against homophobia and in favour of equal rights for LGBT people.
Note to editors: The event is organized by OHCHR and the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, European Union, France, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and the United States, as well as Human Rights Watch and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). It is open to the media. OHCHR spokespersons are available for interviews in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish and Norwegian. NB: Yvonne Chaka Chaka will also appear, together with Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović, at the Spokesperson’s noon media briefing at 12:00 on 11 December, when she will make a short statement and take media questions.
Note to broadcasters: The event will be broadcasted through UN Webcast (webtv.un.org) and recorded (for access to the material, see contacts below). The video message by Archbishop Tutu will be available shortly after the event at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Discrimination/Pages/LGBTVideos.aspx
Journalists without UN press accreditation, please refer to the website of the Media and Accreditation Liaison Unit for details: http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation or call +1 212-963-6934 or 212-963-6937
Media contacts: Martina Donlon, UN Department of Public Information; 212 963 6816, firstname.lastname@example.org
Toiko Kleppe, OHCHR; 917 367 2754, email@example.com