This report is a submission by the Queer Sisterhood Project to the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (“the CEDAW Committee” or the “Committee”) on the occasion of its consideration of the State of Australia’s implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) at the 70th session taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, 2-20th July 2018.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons in forced displacement experience compounding protection challenges and distinct vulnerabilities. Threats against LGBTI persons occur in all refugee situations, including cultural shame and stigma, life-threatening discrimination, physical violence, sexual and gender-based violence, sexual exploitation, prejudice from officials, humanitarian staff and/or refugee populations.
In the past year, we’ve seen a reinvigorated commitment of the world to improve the refugee protection regime. It has manifested itself in the New York Declaration and the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) that are intended to be a paradigm shift in our treatment of refugees.
I have been privileged to be a part of the gender audit team working to ensure that the final text of the Global Compact on Refugees is gender sensitive. Using my personal and professional experience, I’ve been advocating for the inclusion and recognition of diversity into the GCR.