SOGIGESC Unit Annual Conference 2021

Banner in rainbow colours with title 'On the Margins: Threats to LGBTIQ Inclusion'The Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics (SOGIGESC) Unit within the Human Rights Directorate (MFER) will be hosting its annual conference, at which the Unit will present the work done during the last year, in achieving the measures outlined in the LGBTIQ Equality Strategy and Action Plan 2018-2022, followed by two panel discussions.

The Conference, entitled On the Margins: Threats to LGBTIQ Inclusion is to be held during Pride Week on Thursday, the 16th of September, between 10.00 hrs and 12.30 hrs, through an online platform.

The conference will be presented in English and having the participation of both national and international experts. The full agenda can be accessed here.

Minister Owen Bonnici will open the conference followed by the presentation of the annual report​. Two key-note speeches introducing each of the panel discussions will be presented. The first by Sara Garbagnoli focusing on how to better respond to the anti-gender movement and the second by Luca Stevenson focusing on sex work.

Keynote Speaker Bios:

Sara Garbagnoli (She/Her)

Sara Garbagnoli is a sociologist and feminist affiliated to the Center of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Paris. She has already been involved for a long time in research on anti-gender campaigns, first focusing her attention on the Vatican, then analysing activities and discourses of far right parties and actors. In 2017, she published the book La croisade Anti-Genre co-written with Massimo Prearo. Her publications on this issue include numerous book chapters and articles in journals such as Religion & Gender, Synergie and Open Democracy.

Luca Stevenson (He/Him)

Luca Stevenson is a male sex worker and coordinator of ICRSE, the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe, a network of more than 100 organisations working with or led by sex workers in Europe and Central Asia. He leads a multi-disciplinary team which advocates for the rights of sex workers in diverse policy fields such as health, migration, justice or anti-trafficking. Luca has worked extensively across Europe with sex workers from various backgrounds including migrant and LGBTI sex workers. He is also currently responsible of the mission entitled 'Jasmine', a project of Medecins du Monde France which aims to address and reduce violence against sex workers.

Other speakers bios can be accessed here​.