22-02-15

Woga 2013 Revisited

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Everyone who participated at the Humans Rights Conference in the summer of 2013 will remember it als an enriching international meeting. The conference took place in the context of the Antwerp edition of the World Outgames (WOGA).  Here you can find two speeches that were not online till now. Both speeches were held on July 31, 2013.

Dit artikel in het Nederlands


Woga_Alice_sized_D31_5940.jpgAlikce Nkom, lawyer and LGBT activist gave the opening speech. She started with a moment of silence for Eric Lembembe, the LGBT activist who was found murdered in Yakoundé a few days earlier.

The speech of Alice Nkom part 1

The speech of Alice Nkom part 2

Woga_Jan_sized_D31_5940.jpgJan Beddeleem from WISH presented that they the proposal of the closing statement that would be subject of discussion during the conference. You can read his text here.

The speech of Jan Beddeleem part 1

The speech of Jan Beddeleem part 2

You can download the final declaration (The Antwerp Guidelines: 'From safe harbours to equality') here

The next World Outgames will be held in 2017 in Miami. There will also be a human rights conference. Just like in 2013 the Belgian Labour Union ABVV-BBTK will send a delegation to that conference. More a bout their activities in 2013 (with a remarkable speech of the president of the Union, Rudy De Leeuw) on this blog. Another must read: Rudy De Leeuw supports African LGBT

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