Symposium Against Discriminations During the Human Rights Week
“Symposium Against Discriminations” will be organized by Kaos GL Association this December in Ankara during the Human Rights Week, 10-16 December, on the LGBT rights struggle and social rights.
Sessions of the Symposium will tackle the fields of health, education, city, labor and social work.
Aiming to discuss social services for LGBTs, Social Work Symposium will be held on 13 December, Thursday, at Hacettepe University Beytepe Campus and 14 December, Friday, at Baskent University.
The health, education, city and labor sessions of the Symposium will be held on 15 and 16 December in city center.
Shoot the Discrimination!
Organized in the fields of LGBT individuals’ advocacy for social rights, a football match named “Shoot the Discrimination!” will also take place in addition to the workshops, forums and panels during the Sympusium week.
After the panels on campus, “Symposium Against Discriminations” will continue in Ankara downtown on the dates of December 15-16, 2012.
In addition to attracting international participants from Sweden, Canada, Ireland, the U.K, the U.S, the Netherlands and Norway, the Symposium will include politicians, unionists and human rights defenders as well.
Conservative policies which produce discrimination and inequality to be discussed
The Symposium aims to bring visibility to the heterosexist and discriminatory attitudes and practices which LGBT individuals face in daily life and strengten the human rights movement and solidarity against such discriminations.
The announcement by Kaos GL Association expresses its urge to start a discussion of “hate crimes”, “freedom of expression and of organization” and “safety of human rights advocates” with groups exposed to different discriminations in order to strengthen the solidarity in this field.
During the symposiums on social rights, conservative policies which produce discriminatory practices and inequality on the pretexts of medicalization of sexuality, “family values”, “obscenity” and “general morality” will be discussed.
“Considering the apparent relation of homophobic and transphobic discrimination with violence and the current level of discriminatory violence against LGBT people in Turkey, it is clear that the homophobic and transphobic violence should be tackled regarding its relations to hate crimes. This makes it obligatory for us to discuss discrimination in parallel with the “hate” ideology.
For freedom, joint action against discrimination!
“We are organizing ‘Symposium Against Discriminations’ in dedication to December 10, International Human Rights Day. We invite all groups particularly from civil societies against discriminations on education, employment, health, housing and social services to this chain of panels and forums.”
“As Kaos GL, since 1994 we have drawn attention to the fact that discriminations and ideologies feed one another and we have empasized that a joint struggle is the way to freedom with our matto ‘Liberation of homosexuals will also free heterosexuals.’”
Kaos GL expresses the desire to continue linking the organization with the related parts of academia and civil society organizations working in a rights-based model for the Symposium Against Discriminations.
With the participation of experts from social rights field, Symposium topics are announced as below:
Social Work Symposium: Social Service Fields for LGBT People
Right to Health Symposium: The Path of Homosexuality from a Disease to the Demand of a Right and LGBT Struggle Against Inequality
Right to Education Symposium: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Education
Right to the City Symposium: Right to Housing, Gender of the Place and of the City
Right to Labor: Working Life, Employment, Unions Movement
Contacts for the Symposium Against Discriminations
Kaos GL Association
Address: GMK Bulvarı, 29/12, Demirtepe, Kızılay - Ankara
Tel: 00 90 312 230 0358