Changes in the positioning of international LGBT rights in recent months, including marriage in France, the USA, Uruguay, New Zealand and Argentina; changes in African Commonwealth countries as well as in Eastern Europe – all of this has provided some breathing space for LGBT people. A conference in this new context cannot simply focus on the past: it must become a gathering which proposes solutions for people fighting and struggling everywhere in the world.
Together with the Antwerp Human Rights Team, the Radisson Blu venue in the centre of Antwerp welcomes you to the Human Rights Conference from 31 July to 2 August 2013.
The Antwerp Conference has come to the conclusion that networking between LGBT groups around the world in order to achieve equality, taking into account the social and cultural differences that may exist, is the most important task to be achieved. In the so-called North we must realize that some of our attitudes are not relevant to effectually assisting others in the South or East. And emerging countries need more actions than words. Involvement of persons with influence – LGBT or allies – to push on politics, on organizations, on churches and on unions is a means to do more and better. This should not mean renouncing the universality of human rights, but instead understanding that difficulties along the arduous path towards equality may vary from one context to another. And that the tasks and pathways that may be adequate in one particular context may be totally inadequate in others.
After Montreal in 2006, the genesis of GLISA’s Outgames, and Copenhagen in 2009, strengthening our endeavours, Antwerp has the dream of creating realistic guidelines which need to represent, not easy but concrete 'work in process' for all members of our community.
Prominent speakers, activists and specialists on human rights will share their knowledge, visions and experiences in four key panels with participants from more than 70 countries.
· Six interesting Panel Sessions;
· Each day of the Conference an impressive couch session, with important testimonies;
· Involved Key Note speakers and panelists (amongst others):
Alice N'Kom, lawyer Cameroon
Armelle Mazé, EGLSF, female co-president EGLSF, France
Jón Gnarr, Mayor of Reykjavik,Iceland
Bernard Landry, former Prime Minister of Quebec, Canada
Rudy de Leeuw, Unions in Belgium
Dr. Marleen Temmerman, Director, Department of Health and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Jan Peumans, President of the Flemish Parliament
Matti Herrera Bower, Mayor of Miami Beach, USA (host worldOutgames 2017).