Vote for equality: a campaign that encourages responsible voting on LGBT rights

PromSex campaign seeks to promote responsible voting regarding the rights of the LGBTI community in Peru. Photo: REUTERS/Angela Ponce

This October 2, Peru will carry out the Regional and Municipal Elections 2022. Given this, the organization PromSex has created the campaign vote for equality to encourage responsible voting with the rights of community members LGBT.

This website provides information about the proposals to protect and promote the rights of this community by the candidates for these ERMs. The campaign also aims to make visible the main pending issues to be resolved in terms of public policies that guarantee the security and access to justice of members of the LGBT community.

“This campaign aims to motivate citizens to reflect on pending issues in terms of rights and policies for the LGBTI community, and the importance of an informed vote being cast this October 2 that contributes to reducing the inequalities that still exist. existing for this part of the population”, describes the organization.

As part of providing an informed and responsible vote, aware of the importance of guaranteeing the rights of this community, PromSex has made an analysis of eight government plans presented to the National Elections Jury for Metropolitan Lima. As part of this study, it was revealed that none of these political parties have included public policies referring to sexual and gender diversity.

On the other hand, two political organizations were identified that explicitly mention the members of the community LGBT, but does not talk about developing regulations for their benefit. “None [agrupación] mentions the implementation of the Metropolitan Ordinance on Non-Discrimination No. 2160, nor is there any mention of the work that must be done from the Women’s and Equality Management. In the same way, no plan mentions the care or legal help that LGBTI people should receivevictims of some type of violence due to prejudice, due to their sexual orientation and gender identity”, she concludes.

In communication with Infobaethe director of PromSex, Susana Chavezexplained that part of responsibly electing the next authorities does not only mean taking into account the participation of the LGBT community within the proposals, but also recognizing the importance of public policies that guarantee non-discrimination and the inclusion of marginalized sectors in society. .

People take part in the LGBTI Pride March in Lima, Peru June 26, 2021. REUTERS/Angela Ponce
People take part in the LGBTI Pride March in Lima, Peru June 26, 2021. REUTERS/Angela Ponce

If one looks at the electoral campaigns that are taking place at the national level, there is very little mention, almost none, in relation to the LGTBI population. They are not even included in terms of image. They are not even included in what one understands about who that active citizenship is. This is an important issue, especially for the younger groups that are just going to enter politics,” Chavez declared.

According to the public policy expert, the inclusion of vulnerable sectors, such as members of the LGBTI community, in electoral campaigns, since their visibility in everyday issues contributes to the eradication of discrimination and stigmatization of these social groups. In addition, she emphasized that At this time when conservatism is encompassing important public positions, it is necessary to take action to ensure the protection of these people.

“In the country, unfortunately, far from advancing in the field of rights, it seems that in many ways we are going backwards and an ultra-conservative agenda is being imposed that does not even respond to how citizens think. That is dangerous. It comes from an agenda promoted to impose certain stereotypes, ways of thinking and making discrimination lived”, she pointed out.

The specialist spoke about the delicate situation that Peruvian politics is going through and its effect on the rights of women and members of the LGBT community. Chávez affirmed that the position that the Congress of the Republic and the Executive Power have used is not only one of a conservative position, but also It violates the rights of people, combats gender equality and causes the country to embark on a process of regression.

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“In that context, we do need a change of politics and definitely each electoral process is a great opportunity, but, in this case, we can say that we are still facing a political class that has not been transformed, that has not been modified, that does not offer better prospects to citizens, and that is very dangerous”, he specified.

Finally, the leader explained that it is necessary for political entities to listen to the requests of LGBT organizations, who demand the protection of their rights through the laws that currently govern the country. “We have to make these laws effective, we have to enforce them. We have a hard job, we must not give up. We have a great responsibility and that is to think of a new political class,” she said.

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