HRC Statement on International Women’s Day
Washington — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released the following statement on International Women’s Day.
“This International Women’s Day, the Human Rights Campaign is proud to stand in support of women and the fight for gender equality around the globe,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Lesbian, bisexual and transgender women face disproportionate levels of violence and gender-based discrimination. HRC is committed to working with women and our allies to achieve a world where all women are empowered and respected -- no matter the culture or society in which they live.”
A United Nations human rights report noted that LGBTQ people are at a disturbingly elevated risk of homicidal violence, highlighting the increased risk that lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women face because of gender-based discrimination. Another study by HRC and the Trans People of Color Coalition estimated that transgender women in the United States face 4.3 times the risk of becoming homicide victims than the general population of all women.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.