Every woman and girl is one-of-a-kind: a unique combination of her personality, history, language, ethnicity, age, culture, the people she’s met, the places she’s been and the experiences she’s had. True gender equality can only be achieved if we respect, value, and celebrate the immense diversity of women and ensure that all women and girls are free to be themselves and fulfil their full potential.
Simply for being who they are, women and girls who are lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ+) often experience extreme stigma and prejudice, even from the people closest to them. As a result, they face heightened levels of violence and discrimination in situations where others might take their safety for granted – at home, at the doctor, in the workplace or just walking down the street. Many also face further discrimination and violence based on their skin colour, nationality, disability, migration status or other traits.
Despite these challenges, countless LGBTIQ+ women are fighting for a better world – and succeeding. They’re making discoveries, setting sports records, inventing world-changing technology, creating inspiring art and leading liberation movements. Just like everyone else, they are supporting their communities, families, and friends. LGBTIQ+ women human rights defenders are working in solidarity with others to fight prejudice and discrimination, challenge stereotypes and cultural expectations, and to prove that there are as many ways to be a woman as there are women.
Together, let’s make this a world where women and girls are free to be themselves and can thrive, no matter who they are or whom they love. Join us and take a stand with LGBTIQ+ women everywhere!
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