Nick Sera-Leyva, Internews Human Rights and Training Programs Manager for ICT Programs, is representing Internews at the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) World Conference in Mexico City this week.
The ILGA is the only global federation of national and local organizations that works to achieve equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world, with the goal of constructing a more just world where liberty and social harmony prevail based on respect and the protection of human diversity.
"Coming from the US it can be easy to take for granted the efforts in many less tolerant parts of the world for equality, dignity, and even awareness," said Sera-Leyva. "It's a fantastic gathering of passionate, dedicated participants – most importantly, the organizers have created a truly safe and open space for discussion and opinion."
Internews is drawing on its work in digital security, online privacy and internet freedom to look at how to help empower local LGBTI community groups, especially those working with women who in many societies have limited access to technology. This year, for the first time, the secretary generals of ILGA are both female and non-European.
"There's a lot we can do to support localized nodes of digital security support, with a focus on elevating women's voices and capacity," said Sera-Leyva. "I want to see us more involved with cross-organizational efforts in support of grassroots LGBTI security."
The conference is being held from October 27 - 31, 2014.
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