KATHMANDU, Sept 27: The two day-long Born with Pride Conference organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), in collaboration with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kathmandu, Samriddhi Foundation and the German Nepal Friendship Association was inaugurated in Kathmandu on Tuesday.
According to the embassy, the conference is engaging in conversation with multiple stakeholders of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) community, politicians, activists, academicians, lawyers, organizations and civil society. A total of 21 speakers from seven South Asian countries as well as from Europe and the Tibetan community and more than 100 participants will be attending the event.
The conference also has welcomed seven keynote speakers from across the Nepali and European political spectrum addressing various LGBTQIA+ community issues. There are 5 interactive sessions to discuss various topics such as queer in power, inclusive digital spaces for queer persons, the issue of legal recognition, the role of media, and the acceptance and integration of queer persons in civil society.
Speaking at the conference, Dr Carsten Klein, head of the FNF Regional Office South Asia, said, “Platforms like this provide an opportunity to have a healthy dialogue, network, and come together to solve the inequalities and discriminations.”