In commemoration of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), CanWaCH hosted a webinar to introduce a forthcoming CanWaCH toolkit for integrating LGBTI people into work in developing countries. Panelists Liberty Matthyse and Andrew Park gave an overview of LGBTI populations, trends in data, health needs, organizational capacity and readiness to address LGBTI issues, and tips on how to move forward.
Andrew Park is the former Director of International Programs at the Williams Institute, University of California Los Angeles, a leading research center for the study of LGBT populations, and is currently a consultant for UN agencies and LGBTI organizations addressing issues of LGBTI human rights, data collection, and the sustainable development goals. He has worked in Africa and Asia with local LGBTI communities to support their work advocating for human rights, and earlier in his career served as an Administrative Judge for the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and has taught gender, sexuality, and international development studies at several Universities in the United States.
Liberty (Glenton) is the Executive Director of Gender Dynamix, the first registered organization in Africa to focus on the transgender community. Gender Dynamix engages in research, public education, and community mobilization to realize the human rights of transgender people in South Africa and beyond. Identifying as a trans non-binary person, she/they holds a Master’s Degree in Law (cum laude) from the University of the Western Cape, and qualifications in business management from the University of Cape Town.