Foundation meets with United Nations

Foundation meets with UN Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity

Today we had the privilege of meeting with Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the United Nations Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity.

As a long term member of the Ban Conversion Therapy Coalition we were invited to meet with Victor and share the experiences and challenges experienced by the vulnerable individuals who come to Naz and Matt Foundation for support.

The coalition, chaired by Jayne Ozanne, kindly included us in the invitation along with other members who work in religious communities, including the wonderful KeshetUK Jewish LGBT+ organisation.

Victor is part of an UN Mission who is seeking to find out the global challenges faced by LGBTQI+ individuals who are being forced to hide or change the identities.

It was an important opportunity for the UN to understand more about the failings of the UK government to protect the LGBTQI+ community, particularly in regard to their desire to avoid banning conversation practices against trans and same-sex attracted individuals

About Victor Madrigal-Borloz

In late 2017 the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Mr. Madrigal-Borloz as UN Independent Expert on Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for a three-year period starting on 1 January 2018.

In this capacity, he assesses the implementation of international human rights law, raises awareness, engages in dialogue with all relevant stakeholders, and provides advisory services, technical assistance, capacity-building to help address violence and discrimination against persons on the basis of the sexual orientation or gender identity.

About the United Nations

The United Nations (UN) is an international organisation founded on October 24, 1945, with the goal of promoting peace, security, and cooperation among nations. It serves as a platform for countries to come together, discuss global issues, and work towards common goals. The UN is composed of 193 member states, each having representation in the General Assembly, which is the main deliberative body of the organisation.

The UN’s primary objectives include maintaining international peace and security, fostering social progress, promoting human rights, and addressing global challenges such as poverty, climate change, and conflicts. It achieves these goals through various specialised agencies, programs, and funds, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), among many others.