Statement E/CN.6/2018/NGO/89 for CSW62. ∗ (13 December 2017)
It highlights the challenges faced by lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex women and trans and gender non-conforming people in rural areas.
In rural communities, global poverty and increasing inequality compound isolation and the lack of access to services, socioeconomic resources and justice systems exacerbate experiences of violence, stigma and discrimination for these populations. As with all people in rural areas, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex women and girls, and gender non-conforming people are impacted by persistent climate change, environmental damage and disaster levels which bring additional and complex problems. Particularly pressing is the pervasiveness of violence and discrimination.
∗ Submitted by Advocates for Youth, Allied Rainbow Communities International, Amnesty International, CIVICUS – World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era, Federatie van Nederlandse Verenigingen tot Integratie Van Homoseksualiteit — COC Nederland, Human Rights Watch, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, International Lesbian and Gay Association, International Women’s Health Coalition, Swedish Federation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights — RFSL, United Nations Association of the United States of America, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR), non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, and many more.
(There were over 55 signatories to the letter representing every region of the world).