The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies’ Emerging Voices in National Security and Intelligence Program and Spectrum: LGBTQ & Allies at SIPA presents: 

Expert Panel: Protecting the Rights of LGBT+ Persons in Areas of Conflict

Artemis Akbary, Founder and Director, Afghan LGBT Organisation

Gretchen Baldwin, Researcher, SIPRI Peace Operations and Conflict Management Programme; former lead, Gender in Peace Operations research track, International Peace Institute

Ahmed El Hady, Principal Investigator, Center for Advanced Study of Collective Behavior, Max Planck Institute; LGBT Political Activist and Lobbyist

Graeme Reid, Director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program, Human Rights Watch

Moderated by Cam Silver, Term Assistant Professor of Political Science, Barnard College

Friday, April 28, 2023
1302 IAB

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Within both armed conflicts and peace operations, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBT+) persons disproportionately face violence and discrimination. While international organizations such as the United Nations have more widely recognized the LGBT+ population as a vulnerable group, there remains a sizable disconnect between western dialogue around LGBT+ human rights and the reality of preventing gender-based violence in the field. This expert panel will look at the challenges faced by these persons in areas of armed conflict and discuss paths forward for bridging gaps in their protection.