The Relationship between Homophobia, Transphobia, and Women’s Access to Justice for the Forthcoming CEDAW General Recommendation on Women’s Access to Justice

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The Relationship between Homophobia, Transphobia, and Women’s Access to Justice for the Forthcoming CEDAW General Recommendation on Women’s Access to Justice

ORAL STATEMENT TO:

The United Nations Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)February 18, 2013

On behalf of 38 human rights, women’s rights, sexual rights, women’s health and reproductive rights organizations based in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas, we urge the CEDAW Committee to follow its own precedent and include explicit reference to sexual orientation and gender identity in it’s forthcoming General Recommendation on Women’s Access to Justice.

Lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LBT) people face several obstacles in accessing justice. As women, we are subject to the same barriers as all women, and as people, we are persecuted because of our sexual orientation or gender identity. These barriers multiply the effects of discrimination.

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