Post submitted by Jean Freedburg, deputy director of HRC Global

HRC is proud to be invited to participate in the Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) conference in Vancouver.

The ERC, which was launched two years ago, is a coalition of 39 countries committed to advancing LGBTQ human rights. From August 5 to 7, advocates from around the world will join the ERC for the conference to discuss advancing equality globally. The theme of the 2018 convening is “Leaving No One Behind.”

This unique global convening brings together governments, civil society, development and U.N. agencies, private donors and other stakeholders working together to increase cooperation and exchange lessons learned and best practices on achieving global equality. There will be civil society representatives from 75 countries.

Ten HRC global alumni and HRC Global Deputy Director Jean Freedberg will be in attendance at the conference. They will exchange experiences and share ideas about how to be more effective advocates as well as how to hold their governments accountable to protecting and supporting LGBTQ human rights. The group marched in Vancouver Pride on Sunday with other advocates and allies.

HRC is also convening a conversation during the conference with U.S. Department of Justice official Robert Moossy and other civil society participants to discuss what the Civil Rights division is doing to implement the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which provides federal jurisdiction to address violence, bias-motivated crimes against  LGBTQ people and others.

For more information about HRC’s work around the globe, check out hrc.org/Global.


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