Driving Inclusion - Addressing Legal Barriers for Sexual and Gender Minorities

18 May 2022 Online, 4:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT+8)


May 17 has been the single most important date for LGBTQI communities and allies to mobilize on a global scale in support of equality and inclusion. This is the fourth consecutive ADB commemoration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOTB) and the sixth consecutive for the World Bank Group (WBG). This year’s global theme for IDAHOTB is Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights. LGBTQI people have made tremendous progress globally in claiming rights and promoting inclusive societies. However, they continue to face immense challenges and barriers, including legal barriers, which hinder their participation in society. Currently, 69 countries globally (including 19 ADB Developing Member Countries) criminalize homosexuality or some forms of gender identity. Further, some governments are using the response to COVID-19 to roll back rights of vulnerable populations, including specifically targeting LGBTQI people.

First launched by WBG in September 2021, the Equality of Opportunity for Sexual and Gender Minorities (EQOSOGI) report is a first-of-its-kind analysis of laws and regulations that affect the lives of sexual and gender minorities. EQOSOGI assesses LGBTQI-related laws and regulations in 16 geographically and socioeconomically diverse countries. The report covers six thematic domains to identify differences in the legal treatment of sexual and gender minorities, including criminalization, political and civil inclusion, protection from hate crimes, access to inclusive education, the labor market, and social protection.

The next steps in the expansion of the EQOSOGI initiative include a partnership between ADB and WBG which will be formally announced during IDAHOTB. ADB will lead on a 14-country report that will focus on the Asia-Pacific region. The ADB and WBG will use the data from the ADB report, collect data for a new set of countries (tentatively 30 new countries), and update the data from the original 16 countries to produce a joint report that will also feature economic analysis and correlations of SOGI inclusive legal frameworks with economic indicators.


Target participants

Government representatives, multilateral development bank staff, civil society

Resource speakers

How to register

Register now to join the event. 

Event organizers / partners

NGO and Civil Society Center of ADB


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