SOGIESC activists rally for inclusivity and justice

Participants at the 3rd Pacific Human Rights Conference on SOGIESC. Photo: Prerna Priyanka

Advocates for SOGIESC (sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, and sex characteristics) are rallying for inclusivity and justice in the Pacific, saying that their struggles intersect with broader issues such as climate change and domestic violence.

Despite global strides towards LGBTQIA+ rights, discrimination and marginalisation often overshadow progress in the Pacific region. From cultural stigma to legal barriers, members of the LGBTQIA+ community face significant hurdles in attaining equality and acceptance, the 3rd Pacific Human Rights Conference (PHRC) on SOGIESC, which took place in Fiji in April, heard.

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