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2019 EU-Taiwan LGBTI Human Rights Conference: Marriage Equality & Protection of LGBTI Rights

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【Background】

Both Taiwan and the European Union are committed to promoting gender equality as well as human rights and have continued to build close collaboration since 2015. Taiwan and EU have agreed to work together to conduct the "2019-2021 Program for EU-Taiwan Gender Equality Cooperation and Training Framework," in which Taiwan acts as a platform to connect with South and Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea, in order to exchange experiences about gender equality policies and to learn from the EU.

In May 2019, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. However, there are still many challenges to be faced and overcome. Therefore, the Department of Gender Equality under the Executive Yuan, the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are planning to hold the “2019 EU-Taiwan LGBTI Human Rights Conference: Marriage Equality & Protection of LGBTI Rights.” We would like to invite government officials, NGOs and experts in the EU and Asian countries to discuss policies and implementation of same-sex marriage and LGBTI rights in the EU and Asia.

Through the meeting, we hope all the participants would gain more understandings about the progresses, difficulties and challenges in terms of LGBTI rights and anti-discrimination in each country. We hope this opportunity would enable us to connect and network with each other and encourage every country to move forward to a society of equality, diversity and inclusion.

All participants will gain a better understanding of some issues as followings:
● Policies on same-sex marriage promoted by the EU and Asian countries and their experiences in promoting these policies
● Progresses in LGBTI rights in both the EU and Asian countries as well as challenges in the future
● Experiences of the EU and Asian countries in building a social environment that is friendly towards gender diversity and aims to eliminate discrimination

【General Information】

1. Date: October 24 - 25, 2019(The workshop on October 25 is a closed event.)
2. Location: Howard Civil Service International House (No.30, Sec. 3, Sinsheng S. Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City)
3. Organizer: Department of Gender Equality under the Executive Yuan, European Economic and Trade Office (EETO), Ministry of Foreign Affairs
4. Co-organizer: Taiwan Tongzhi (LGBT+) Hotline Association and Belgian Office, Taipei
5. Participants: Government officials, academics and experts, as well as civil organizations in both the EU, Asia and Taiwan with experiences in promoting the protection of LGBTI rights
6. This conference is a two-day meeting with Chinese and English as the official languages. The conference on the first day is open for the public (signing up is required) and would also be available for viewers online. On the second day, we would organize a workshop on policy exchange, during which six LGBTI-related policies would be discussed. This workshop is a closed event and interested individuals must submit an application to be reviewed in order to participate.
7. This conference is for free, and no subsidies will be provided. Applicants should submit the application before September 20th and eligible participants will be notified on September 27th.
8. If you have any question about the conference, please contact us by e-mail: tweu.lgbti@gmail.com.

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