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IDAHOBIT 2024: The World Bank commemorates the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia

May 20, 2024
Washington, DC, and Online
Rainbow flag being waved in the air and the following text:

Register here to attend on Zoom!

Date and Time: Monday, May 20, 2024

Washington, D.C. 10:30 AM–12:00 PM | UTC 14:30–16:00 

Join the World Bank in commemoration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT).

When discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or sex characteristics takes place, development outcomes suffer. This event will focus on raising awareness of how laws and regulations either promote or impede LGBTI+ inclusion, how such policies impact development, and what to expect from the forthcoming World Bank report: Equality of Opportunity for Sexual and Gender Minorities (EQOSOGI) - Second Edition.

Interpretation will be available in French, Spanish, Arabic, and Portuguese.



Clifton CortezWorld Bank SOGI Global Advisor


Opening remarks

Ed MountfieldVice President, Operations Policy and Country Services, World Bank 

Julia Ehrt, The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association, (ILGA) World



Julia Constanze BraunmillerSenior Private Sector Specialist, DEC, World Bank



Honorable Mrs. Sapana Pradhan MallaJustice Supreme Court of Nepal

Paola Ballon, Senior Economist, SSI GP, World Bank

Mmapaseka, Steve Letsike, Founder and Executive Director of Access Chapter 2, South Africa (AC2)

Yana van der Meulen RodgersProfessor, Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Rutgers University


Closing remarks

Juergen Voegele, Sustainable Development, Vice President