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Copenhagen, Denmark (10 May 2016) – The fourth IDAHO International Forum, taking place annually ahead of 17 May – the International Day Against Homophobia Transphobia and Biphobia, started earlier today in Copenhagen and will last for the next two days.
IDAHO 2016 will concentrate on issues of building bridges and alliances, with special emphasis on LGBTI people in the labour market and social acceptance of LGBTI people. Focus will be placed on the key drivers of advancing diversity and inclusion of LGBT people, as well as on cooperation among countries, companies, civil society, non-governmental organisations and experts.
Minister for Human and Minority Rights of Montenegror Suad Numanović handed over, on behalf of the Government, the IDAHO flag to the Government of Denmark, the host of this year’s forum, and signed a declaration of intent pledging full support to activities in the fight against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia at national and European and international levels.
At the ministerial meeting, which was held during the first day of the IDAHO Forum, Minister Numanović underscored the strong commitment of the Montenegrin Government to promoting the rights of LGBTI people, for which Montenegro is recognised as the leader in the Western Balkans, and as a reliable and important partner at the global level.
It was noted that the LGBT policy has been improved and measures undertaken to support the inclusion of LGBTI population at all levels. The Forum assessed that it is important to fosters such a business environment which will enable all the people to feel good and achieve their full potential in the workplace.
In that context, Minister Numanović announced the OutLeadership initiative as a platform for the promotion of diversity and LGBT inclusion in the Western Balkans. This initiative is led by the Government of Montenegro together with OutLeadership New York, in partnership with the US UCLA Faculty of Law – Williams Institute, Egale Canada, and the European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law (ESCOL), including a number of other institutions, universities and the world’s best-known experts in this field.
The forum commended the Government of Montenegro’s efforts at national and international level in this field and welcomed the OutLeadership initiatives in support of building a positive and inclusive environment for LGBT people.
Minister Numanović presented the LGBTI package the Government of Montenegro leads for the Western Balkans and which was created in partnership with the USA-based Williams Institute and UCLA Law School and Egale Canada. The package of programmes will bring best practices to deal with myths and stereotypes about LGBT people, thus encouraging governments to achieve equal rights and opportunities for all its citizens, regardless of their personal features, and strengthen the democratic capacity of every society. The aim of the package of the programmes is to ensure the availability of updated and practical educational programmes to combat all forms of discrimination and violence, as well as the implementation of these restrictions in order to strengthen human rights and equality, and greater visibility of LGBT people.
The fourth DAHO Forum brought together European ministers and government officials, representatives of the European Commission, Council of Europe, ILGA-Europe and other prominent stakeholders committed to equality of LGBTI persons.
LGBTI package programme for the Western Balkans can be downloaded here.
Source: Government of Montenegro