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Addressing Exclusion Based on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
May 20, 2015JB1-050 Auditorium, World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. ET | 13:00 - 14:00 GMT

Social Inclusion is central to achieving the World Bank twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. As the Social Development Flagship Report ‘Inclusion Matters’ notes, exclusion based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) exists in different forms across cultures, and in every region.  Homosexuality is illegal in many countries, sometimes even punishable by death, although it is common for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people to face social exclusion even where homosexuality is not illegal.  Social stigma driven by homophobia and discriminatory laws fuels the exclusion of LGBT people and create barriers to accessing markets, services and spaces.

Commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17), the SOGI Task Force and the Social Inclusion Global Solutions Group invite you to a panel about the role of development in addressing SOGI-based exclusion.

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    Chair: Hassane Cisse

    Director, Governance Global Practice, World Bank Group
    Hassane Cisse is currently Director, Governance and Inclusive Institutions, Governance Global Practice, at the World Bank. In this capacity, he leads the Bank’s operational and knowledge work on inclusive governance to support countries in building sustainable, inclusive and trustworthy governance systems. His directorate's work covers a wide range of institutions and issues, with a specific focus on legislatures, justice systems, social and independent accountability mechanisms, centers of government, subnational governance, citizen engagement, political economy analysis, etc. Hassane was Deputy General Counsel, Knowledge and Research, World Bank, from 2009 to June 2014 and served earlier in the Bank as Chief Counsel, Operations Policy and as legal advisor on Governance and Anti-corruption. Prior joining the World Bank in 1997, he worked as Counsel at the International Monetary Fund for several years. Hassane has lectured and published widely on various topics and was the co-editor of several volumes of The World Bank Legal Review. Hassane holds his LL.B from the Dakar University School of Law in Senegal and his Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA) in International Law from the University of Paris II Patheon-Assas. He received his DEA in International Economic Law from the Sorbonne, where he also obtained a DEA in African History. He also holds a Master of Laws from Harvard University. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Justice and the Meta Council on New Architecture of Governance.
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    Opening Remarks: Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez

    Senior Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank Group
    Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez is the Senior Director for the World Bank Group’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice. In this position, Mr. Ijjasz-Vasquez leads a team of over 600 technical experts deployed across the world, leveraging global knowledge and collaborating with partners to help tackle the world’s most complex development challenges in: social inclusion and sustainability; mainstreaming resilience in all dimensions development; territorial and rural development; and urban planning, services and institutions. Before this, he was Director for Sustainable Development of the Latin America and Caribbean Region since November 2011, covering infrastructure, environment and climate change, social development, agriculture and rural development, disaster risk management, and urban development with an active portfolio of about $17 billion. From 2007 to 2011, he was based in Beijing, where he managed the Sustainable Development Unit for China and Mongolia. Earlier in his career, he managed the global trust-funded programs ESMAP and WSP in energy and water and sanitation, respectively. Mr. Ijjasz has a Ph.D. and a M.Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in civil and environmental engineering, with specialization in hydrology and water resources. He has been a lecturer at the Environmental Science and Policy Program at Johns Hopkins University, and at Tsinghua University. He is a Colombian and Hungarian national.
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    Presenter: Chloe Schwenke

    Professor, Georgetown University
    Chloe Schwenke is professor at McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, She has served as vice president for global programs at Freedom House in Washington, D.C. and as a political appointee for the Obama Administration at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) as USAID’s Senior Advisor on LGBT Policy and as USAID Africa Bureau’s Senior Advisor on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance. She is a scholar, human rights activist, and development practitioner, focused on design, management, implementation, and evaluation of a wide range of programming, including LGBTI, gender equality, and civil society capacity building.
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    Presenter: Nikilas Mawanda

    Human Rights Defender, Co-Founder of Trans Support Initiative-Uganda
    Nikilas Mawanda is Co-Founding and Former Executive-Director of Trans Support Initiative — Uganda, the first transgender and gender non-conforming people’s organization in the region. He has served the Ugandan LGBT community for more than 10 years. During his career, he has played key roles in organizing, mobilizing and advocacy through organizations like Freedom and Roam Uganda, Transgender, Intersex and Transsexuals Uganda, The Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law and he is also one of the pioneers of the Trans -Africa Movement. Nikilas serves as Secretary Board of Directors Sexual Minorities — Uganda (SMUG), Second Spokesperson for the Ugandan LGBTI National Security Committee, and Executive Committee member of the Coalition of African Lesbians and Gender Diverse People in Africa. He recently received the Global Courage Award as an International Human Rights Advocate from the Center Global Refugee and Asylum Network.
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    Moderator: Jeffrey Waite

    Adviser to the Global Practices and Cross-Cutting Solutions Areas Vice President, World Bank Group
  • Chloe Schwenke LGBTI Presentation
    Presentation by Chloe Schwenke, Professor at McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University
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