OAS, US LGBTI Chamber of Commerce collaborate on data on sexual orientation in the C'bean

Saturday, April 21, 2018

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WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Organization of American States (OAS) says it has signed a cooperation agreement with the United Sates LGBTI Chamber of Commerce to develop a data research project on sexual orientation and gender identity in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The OAS said the project, “Generating the Evidence-Base: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity (SOGI) & Social Inclusion and Economic Development,” seeks to develop analytical work in the Latin American and Caribbean context “to measure the rights and inclusion of LGBTI people and their impact on economic development and the private sector.

OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, said, through the Inter-American Convention against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance, the OAS supports member states, as well as key LGBTI human rights organisations, “to improve advocacy and collaborative work with public stakeholders.

“We must be aware of the need to have societies that are more inclusive and respectful of diversity, in which the right to non-discrimination is felt in people's day to day lives and is recognised by all,” he said.

President of the US LGBTI Chamber of Commerce, Justin G Nelson, explained how the lack of data on LGBTI contributions to economy and social welfare affects decision making.

“We are not talking a small population or small economics contribution, people at the very baseline must understand that we are economic contributors and that we all do better when opportunities are afforded to us,” he said.

The OAS said the agreement will also seek to identify governmental counterparts “to champion the process of turning analysis and recommendations into public policies that are more inclusive and respectful of diversity.”

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