G7 Side Event on the occasion of Pride Month and the annual G7 Summit on June 21

Queering Development: Toward LGBTIQ+ Inclusion and Feminist Frameworks in G7 Development Cooperation

Hosted by Outright in collaboration with the BMZ Human Rights Division, the GIZ Sector Programme Human Rights and Women7

The G7 Development Ministers’ Meeting Communiqué, issued on May 19, 2022, includes new commitments by G7 states to tackle multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination against LGBTIQ people and to focus on SOGIESC equality in their development cooperaion.

This message from seven leading industrial nations and democracies – who provided 76% of total official development assistance (ODA) in 2021 – sends an important signal for inclusion and diversity in development policy and represents a significant milestone for all future G7 presidencies. But what will it mean for LGBTIQ people on the ground?

This webinar brought together LGBTIQ and feminist advocates and development practitioners to discuss what LGBTIQ inclusion in development cooperation looks like in practice, and how it relates to the growing push for feminist development policy, including among G7 countries. Panelists discussed what is working in terms of LGBTIQ-inclusive and feminist development, where there are obvious gaps that G7 countries could and should address, and what feminist and LGBTIQ advocates can learn from one another in advancing inclusive and gender just development. How can G7 countries’ development cooperation become more LGBTIQ-inclusive? In what ways can the current momentum around feminist development policies be harnessed to promote inclusion of all genders and sexualities?

Panelists included Caroline Ausserer (Women7), Neela Ghoshal (OutRight Action International), Davies Okombo (Uhuru Community Development Project in Kenya, W7 Advisor) and Mylene Mangwanda (Partnerships for Prevention of Gender-Based Violence in Southern Africa, GIZ). Maria Sjödin of OutRight Action International  moderated the panel. Bernadette Kalz, Senior Policy Advisor for Human Rights at the German Foreign Ministry (BMZ) provided opening remarks.