To commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) 2020, Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank will collaborate to organize a series of virtual events. The joint IDAHOTB commemoration will draw attention to the discrimination, exclusion, and violence LGBTI people face globally and provide a platform to highlight successful examples of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)-inclusive data generation.

The ADB session will focus on data gaps and lived experiences of LGBTI people in developing countries.


During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn why better data collection on LGBTI populations is essential to inclusive development
  • Listen to a diverse set of panelists from Asia and the Pacific
  • Ask questions and participate in the discussion

Target participants

  • Development professionals
  • Policy makers
  • LGBTI community
  • Civil society organizations
  • Think tanks, institutes, academia, and centers of excellence

Resource speakers

  • Ramil Andag

    Ramil Andag is SOGIESC Rights Officer of APCOM, an Asia-Pacific LGBTI equality NGO, and is a trans-woman. She has over 10 years of experience and involvement with human rights, SOGIE inclusion, and HIV prevention work in the Philippines and more recently across the Asia Pacific region.  She has been leading a comparative country study on economic, social, and financial inclusion and exclusion in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, and the Philippines for APCOM supported by the Dutch government. APCOM’s programs engage local LGBTI people in over 30 countries across the Asia-Pacific region, providing Ramil a comparative country perspective on these issues. 

  • Sarita KC

    Sarita KC is the Director of Mitini Nepal and identifies as a bisexual woman. Mitini Nepal is working for the rights and dignity of lesbian, bisexual third gender1, which has had radical implications for data availability, including through the national census. Sarita has worked for the legal recognition and protection of LBT women in Nepal for over 6 years.

  • Timo Ojanen

    Timo Ojanen is a sexual and gender minorities, mental health, and sexuality education expert at the Faculty of Learning Sciences and Education, Thammasat University, Thailand. His research over the past decade has examined LGBTI groups in Thailand from various angles, including mental and sexual health, health care discrimination, school bullying, sexuality education, and economic inclusion. He led World Bank-sponsored research on economic exclusion of LGBTI groups in Thailand, and has also worked in collaboration with national and international agencies, such as the Thai Ministry of Education, UNESCO, UNICEF, Plan International Thailand, and the World Bank.

  • Yiu-tung Suen

    Yiu-tung Suen is Assistant Professor of the Gender Studies Program, and Founding Director of the Sexualities Research Program, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His studies inform and are informed by critical current debates on sexual orientation and gender identity laws and policies, particularly with a view to providing empirical evidence which has been largely absent in Asia. He served as a consultant and data analyst for the United Nations Development Program, Being LGBTI in Asia program. His research has been cited in a good number of judicial review cases in courts and international and local media outlets.

  • Woochong Um

    Woochong Um is the Director General concurrent Chief Compliance Officer of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department at Asian Development Bank. He currently leads ADB-wide knowledge management and innovation work in various thematic and sector operation areas. He is responsible for establishing sector and thematic policies, strategies, frameworks and operational plans, and new business lines. He also develops and ensures compliance with ADB’s environment and social safeguards policy. He oversees the administration of single/multi-donor trust funds, project cofinancing, and global funding initiatives and management of ADB-wide cofinancing data. He has a master’s degree in Business Administration from New York University Stern School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Boston College. He is also a Sustainable Development Professor at Yonsei University.

1 Nepal has an “other” gender classification which allows people to have their gender classified as neither exclusively male or exclusively female.

How to register

Please join through the link: on 20 May 2020, 4:00 - 5:15 pm (Manila Time)

Event organizers / partners

ADB, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Inter-American Development Bank, and World Bank.

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