Your contribution needed for the UN-GLOBE world map, and the white paper (31 March 2016)
As you know, UN-GLOBE has partnered with the Fordham Law School to examine the realities of UN system employees serving in the field. Many of you have volunteered to share your experiences, and we are in the process of interviewing you. Thank you. If you would like to be interviewed, please contact us. Your experiences will help us formulate a white paper.
In addition, as I have mentioned before, as part of this project, we are also working on a world map that will detail country by country the experiences of UN system and diplomatic missions staff. (This may later be expanded to include to the experiences of private sector employees).
With this map, you will be able to get a better idea of what it would mean for you and/or your family to move to a country.
But this map will only be truly useful if you get involved. We need to collect your experiences serving in countries around the world.
Therefore, we ask that you volunteer to provide your input (by filling out a questionnaire, for example) so we can begin populating the world map.
This is an incredibly exciting project, and I truly hope a lot of you will participate.
This map can be your go-to resource, and an invaluable resource for many others, when receiving an offer of employment.
Your contribution is needed.
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can always reach me at email@example.com for more questions.
Please see the call.
Hyung Hak Nam (Alfonso)
Call for members to join the UN-GLOBE Working Group on Transgender and Intersex Issues (21 January 2016)
One of the five priorities for UN-GLOBE this year is producing policy guidelines for an inclusive workplace for transgender and intersex staff members.
We are now calling for volunteers to join a UN-GLOBE Working Group that will help draft these guidelines.
Like other UN-GLOBE guidelines and position papers, we will aim to be forward-thinking and think broadly, while offering practical solutions.
The Working Group will be responsible for gathering relevant recommendations, proposals, and policies on this subject in both the private and public sectors, and drafting the recommendations to be included in the guidelines.
The UN-GLOBE Board, in consultation with UN-GLOBE Coordinators and Officers-at-Large, will then issue the final document.
We strongly encourage transgender or intersex colleagues, or those who have relevant expertise to volunteer.
Please submit your expression of interest along with a short description of yourself and/or your expertise by Monday, Feb. 1 COB NYC time.
Call expanding the categories of interviewees sought for the UN-GLOBE project with the Fordham Law School (4 December 2015)
A while back I sent out a call [see below] asking for interviewees who have served in the field, or who are human resources officers to get involved in a UN-GLOBE project in collaboration with Fordham Law School.
The goal is not only to issue best practices on inclusive mobility policies. It is also to create, among other output, an interactive map of the world where country by country we will collect the experiences of UN system staff members and diplomatic missions employees who have served there.
How have UN staff in those countries secured visas for their spouses (if they have)? Have they encountered any homophobia or transphobia? In the workplace or outside of it?
My hope is that this map will help those who are making decisions on whether to accept a post in country x to have an idea of what it would mean to serve there as an LGBTI individual based on the experiences of those who have served there before.
This map should also be useful to human resources personnel.
Together with the Fordham Law School and tech support from Mala Kumar, a former staff member, we’ll try our best to make this map happen along with the best practices recommendations, and other outputs.
We are expanding the initial call to include interviewees who have turned down an employment offer because of the inability to secure a visa for a spouse, or fears of prevalent homophobia or transphobia in the assigned country.
We are expanding the initial call to also include employees of diplomatic missions, and UN-system consultants, interns, and UN Volunteers.
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or to me at email@example.com to be a part of this project. Share your experiences!
Help us make this UN-GLOBE project a really useful one.
Hyung Hak Nam (Alfonso)
Interview Subjects and Human Resources Officers needed for a new UN-GLOBE initiative with the Fordham Law School on mobility (18 November 2015)
UN-GLOBE is announcing an exciting new initiative.
UN-GLOBE is partnering with the Leitner Center for International Law at Fordham Law School to study mobility policies across the UN system and to compare them to best practices and emerging norms in the private sector.
We aim to know how best the UN system can support LGBTI staff serving in the field and address homophobia or transphobia. Possible outputs are a white paper; a visual illustration of the challenges faced by LGBTI staff; and an event convening key stakeholders to address key questions.
As mobility policies advance across the UN system and impact more and more LGBTI staff, it is imperative that UN-GLOBE become increasingly field based.
We have already issued position papers on mobility available here, papers that were much discussed in the UN system, including at meetings of the HR Network.
This next step will enable us to make use of the great asset available at the Fordham Law School— its students— in order to better understand current mobility policies, and also better understand how they could be better.
We ask for INTERVIEW SUBJECTS WHO HAVE SERVED OR ARE IN THE FIELD (or in non-headquarter duty stations) to please volunteer and meet with researchers to share your experiences.
We also ask for HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICERS to please volunteer and share your thoughts on mobility policies from your perspective in HR.
Anonymity can be granted, and we can address as well any concerns you may have.
Interviews can be carried out in person, over the phone, or via Skype.
Your participation is crucial for the success of this project, and I hope many of you will respond.
Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or to me at email@example.com to volunteer or for any questions you may have.
Also, kindly forward this to any contacts you have who may be able to help.
Hyung Hak Nam (Alfonso)
UN 4 ALL - a workshop on diversity in the UN workplace (11 November 2015)
UN 4 ALL is a one-day workshop from UN Cares on diversity targeted to staff of the UN system.
UN-GLOBE has worked with them to ensure that the LGBTI module of this workshop is inclusive, and that it achieves the aim of having complex issues such as sexual orientation or gender identity understood by staff at large.
As many of you can testify, one of the main issues we face as LGBTI staff is ignorance of these issues, with statements such as “I have never met a gay person in my life” routinely heard in the field.
This workshop can be an important tool to help dispel ignorance, and address bias in the UN workplace.
You can play a part by participating in these workshops.
Should you feel comfortable doing so, please consider sharing your experiences during these workshops.
People react powerfully to stories, particularly to personal stories.
And they would better understand difficult concepts such as “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” if they hear it from you.
The workshops will be given in the months ahead and into 2016, so please be in the lookout for any announcements made on your intranet page or from your HR office.
Please keep us posted at firstname.lastname@example.org if you participate, and please do share with us your thoughts.
UN-GLOBE will push for these workshops to be made available in as many duty stations as possible, particularly in the field.
You can find out more here or by contacting Preeti Potdar at email@example.com.
For those of you in New York, the workshops will take place in November and December. You can register here.
Hyung Hak Nam (Alfonso)
PRINT YOUR FAVORITE POSTER(S) AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA AND TRANSPHOBIA! (16 May 2014)
UN-GLOBE is unveiling its IDAHOT 2014 campaign, with the theme: Equality Starts at Home.
We have produced four posters (in English, French, and Spanish) centered around issues of concern to us, such as discrimination when it comes to same-sex unions recognition; unequal pension benefits; taking a stand against homophobia and transphobia; and on LGBTI staff serving in so-called family duty stations. (SEE BELOW)
We ask that you get involved by printing any and all of the posters that you like, and that you prominently place them at your workplace.
Also, take a picture of yourself next to the poster(s), and post on your Facebook page and/or Twitter account with the hashtags #EqualityStartsAtHome and #UNGLOBE!
Ask your colleagues to show their commitment against homophobia and transphobia by printing and placing their own posters, with their own submissions to Facebook and/or Twitter!
Or as part of a bonding activity, pose with your colleagues as one group!
Let us know also at firstname.lastname@example.org that you have done this, while indicating your name, duty station, and organization.
Help us spread the word that homophobia and transphobia have no place at all in the UN system!
We thank Xavier Orellana, Vice-President of UN-GLOBE for coordinating this campaign, and we especially thank David Ito for working with us on the posters.
David Ito has also shot a lot of the videos featuring our LGBTI colleagues which we have been posting on our YouTube page as part of our Making Equality Work campaign.
He’s available for hire for any of your communications need, as a videographer, editor, producer, and graphic artist. E-mail him at email@example.com, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out his work at www.tomboproductions.com!
Celebrate IDAHOT 2014 on May 17!
Poster 1 – On discrimination when it comes to same-sex unions recognition
Poster 2 – On unequal pension benefits
Poster 3 – On taking a stand against homophobia and transphobia
Poster 4 – On LGBTI staff serving on so-called family duty stations
WATCH LGBTI STAFF SPEAK ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES AT THE UN! [Ongoing project for 2014]
We have asked LGBTI staff members to submit video statements of their experiences as LGBTI staff in the UN system.
Video statements are being posted on our YouTube page!
Please see them here:
Published on May 16, 2014
30 UN staff at the UN Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn, Germany, representing all continents, heeded the UN-GLOBE call to make their voices heard, "One Person at a Time". Watch their video campaign and be proud as more and more people are willing to take a stance against LGBTI discrimination.
Published on May 16, 2014
Nandín es una "Omeggid" (transexual) activista de la población indígena Kuna en Panamá. De profesión es educadora en areas de salud, es consultora para el PNUD y otras entidades en el ámbito de los derechos humanos del la comunidad LGBT y las personas indígenas que viven con VIH en América Latina.
Published on May 12, 2014
Anizh Kumar works as a Programme Assistant at the UNFCCC, Bonn Germany. Anizh talks about her struggle as an Indian-born lesbian living in a more progressive society and the positive attitude she feels working at the UN.
Published on May 7, 2014
Peter Kakucska is a Skills and Development Programme Assistant at the UNFCCC, Bonn Germany. He is also the first openly gay Staff Association President at the organisation and is the UN Globe Bonn Coordinator. Peter openly discusses his depression and how the UN supported him during this difficult time. Peter is optimistic that this campaign will reach out and help one person a time.
Published on May 6, 2014
Hernani Escobar-Rodriguez is a Programme Officer in the Office of the Executive Secretary at the UNFCC. Even though he has a German husband, the UN still considers him single because he, himself, is Venezuelan. In this video, he talks about this challenge and what he - and his colleagues - are doing to overcome it.
Published on Apr 29, 2014
At time of recording, Clifton Cortez was based in Bangkok, Thailand and was the HIV Health and Development Practice Leader for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He has since moved to the UNDP office in New York. He works on development, human rights, HIV and health.
Published on Apr 22, 2014
Jeffrey O'Malley is UNICEF's Director of Policy and Strategy. In his 25-year career, he has also worked with the World Health Organization and UNDP, as well as spending time outside the UN system.
Published on Apr 14, 2014
Gert Ceville-Danielsen has been working with UNDP for more than seven years in four regions and is passionate about equality, human rights and poverty eradication.