2016 has been a year in which ILGA expanded its output considerably, reaping the seeds planted since its arrival in Geneva. During this year, ILGA has provided activists, media organisations and partners with eight high-quality publications: crucial advocacy and education tools like its authoritative State Sponsored Homophobia report, which has now reached its 11th edition, but also the Trans Legal Mapping Report, The ILGA-RIWI Global Attitudes Survey on LGBTI People, the research on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, and Sex Characteristics at the UPR, the guide on Advocating on Gender Identity and Gender Expression – The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, two annual compilations for the Treaty Bodies and a summary of 12 Special Procedures’ references on SOGIESC issues.
More than 150 activists received training, either in Geneva or at regional and world conferences, on issues such as digital security and advocacy at the United Nations. Over 50 media organisations from across the world have documented our work, while more than 700 participants attended the ILGA World Conference in Bangkok. The conference offered 9 pre-conferences, 30 workshops, 20 Rainbow Talks and one panel on the strategic relevance of LGBTI-related data, along with a series of side events covering issues ranging from the 10th anniversary of the Yogyakarta Principles to the state of LGBTI human rights in Commonwealth countries. This considerable growth in activities was made possible not only by key strategic partnerships with several organisations, but also thanks to the increasing specialization of our staff in collecting and analyzing data and information gathered by ILGA members.
Moreover, long-established and consolidated relationships with fellow human rights organisations and allied governments have allowed ILGA to lead the campaign which resulted in the establishment of a United Nations Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
All of the above sets a new kind of expectation in relation to what ILGA can do, and to the quality of our work. Inevitably, greater human and financial resources will be needed to keep pace and serve our communities even better: securing new funding by exploring untapped resources, along with those that have traditionally supported our work, will be key to our growth, thus harnessing the energy of a broader community for the benefit of all.