Time of Event

10:00am - 12:00pm, Tokyo time

Summary

LGBTQIA+ people and communities continue to experience stigma and discrimination, which negatively affect their employment prospects and access to healthcare, education, and social protection. This type of exclusion is also detrimental to economies and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

This webinar examined the economic impact of exclusion based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) and the promotion of inclusion. It featured case studies from countries in Asia and the Pacific and a panel discussion on how to accelerate SOGIESC inclusion.

Objectives
  • Explore how exclusion based on SOGIESC can impact economic development
  • Discuss case studies from countries in Asia and the Pacific on eliminating SOGIESC discrimination
  • Discuss policy recommendations for creating more inclusive economies for vulnerable LGBTQIA+ people and communities
Target Participants
  • Policy makers from Asian Development Bank member economies
  • Policy makers and experts from civil society, think tanks, universities, and international organizations
  • Interested members of the public
Output
  • Better understanding of the impact of SOGIEC-based exclusion on economic growth and sustainable development
  • Greater awareness of challenges and lessons learned in advancing economic inclusion for LGBTQIA+ communities
  • Enhanced dialogue and networking among government agencies, international organizations, research institutions, non-governmental organizations, and others to promote SOGIESC-inclusive economies
Event Presentations*

The Economic Case for LGBT Equality Why Fair and Equal Treatment Benefits Us All
Keynote Presentation: M. V. Lee Badgett

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Economic impact of exclusion based on SOGIESC (sexual orientations, gender identities gender expressions and/or sex characteristics: Nepal
Presenter: Sunil Babu Pant, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Economic Impact of Exclusion Based on SOGIESC and the Promotion of Inclusion
Presenter: Joy Belmonte, Quezon City, Philippines

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Economic Impact of Exclusion based on SOGIESC and the Promotion of Inclusion
Discussant: Francesco Tornieri

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