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Call expanding the categories of interviewees sought for the UN-GLOBE project with the Fordham Law School

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. 
 
Please note:
 
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 ohrm_globe@un.org or to me at nam@un.org to be a part of this project. Share your experiences! 
 
Help us make this UN-GLOBE project a really useful one.
 
Best,
Hyung Hak Nam (Alfonso)
President, UN-GLOBE

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