(9.4.2024) Being Queer and LGBTQIA+ in South Asia and Europe



18.30 Welcome by FNF South Asia & FNF EU Regional Directors of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

18.40 Opening Remarks by MEP Hon. Michael Kauch, Member of the European Parliament

18.50 Presentation on Being Queer in Europe by Milosz Hodun

19.00 Presentation on Being Queer in South Asia by Ruhaan Joshi

19.10 Panel Discussion moderated by Smita Vanniyar, Project Coordinator, Association of Progressive Communications

Hon. MEP Michael Kauch, Member of the European Parliament

Hon. MP Premnath C. Dolawatte, Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament

Milosz Hodun, President of the Projekt: Polska Foundation

Ruhaan Joshi, Public Policy Consultant

19.45 Q&A

19.55 Closing Remarks by Hon. MP Premnath C. Dolawatte

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About the Event

The European Union (EU) has emerged as a prominent advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights globally, with significant strides made in recent years through initiatives like the LGBTIQ Equality Strategy 2020-2025, championed by key institutions such as the Commission and Parliament. Despite progress, a notable gap exists between the more progressive North and West and the conservative South and East EU member states. Furthermore, challenges persist beyond the EU borders, with LGBTQIA+ individuals facing severe threats in various European countries. Europe has become a battleground for LGBTQIA+ rights, with right-wing populists promoting discrimination and hate speech, leading to the erosion of previous achievements. Socio-political discussions have highlighted critical themes such as hate crime, trans-rights, migration, and asylum.

In South Asia, LGBTQIA+ rights progress amidst a complex landscape of change and challenges. While there has been increased visibility and legal recognition over the past two decades, right-wing governments, populism, economic crises, and socio-political unpredictability hinder comprehensive integration.

To address these issues, the European Dialogue of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is organizing this event, focusing on understanding the LGBTQIA+ situation in both South Asia and Europe. The event aims to encourage political debate and develop liberal policies amidst ongoing elections in South Asia and the upcoming EU election in 2024. By facilitating discussions on the current political landscape in both regions, the foundation seeks to promote liberal values through cross-regional exchanges.

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