Video statement on the International Women's Day 2011
Today is the 100th International Women's Day. As ILGA-Europe is celebrating its 15 th anniversary, the women of the current Executive Board are looking back on women’s involvement in the LGBTI movement since 1996.
On this day women of the world review how far they have come in their struggle for equality. It is also an opportunity to unite, network and mobilize for meaningful change.
Linda: Women used to be heavily underrepresented in the European LGBTI movement
Louise: There were - and are still – significant barriers to participation of women.
Gabi: Social norms
Linda: Hetero normativity
Louise: To fight for equal rights for all, the movement had to be fully inclusive and representative.
Gabi: There are indeed more women in the LGBTI movement today than 15 years ago.
Tanja: But not enough - women need to have a stronger voice in the movement.
Linda: Lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex women still face disadvantage because of their sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.
Louise: This can mean that they suffer from acute forms of multiple discrimination.
Gabi: Without women’s involvement, the movement simply will not meet the needs of all LGBTI people.
Tanja: Without women’s involvement, the LGBTI movement will lack the perspective of women in the fight for gender equality.
Louise: Be engaged
Gabi: Be a woman in the LGBTI movement