The 3rd Pacific Human Rights Conference (PHRC) on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity & Expression and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC) 
The Regional Organising Committee of the Pacific Human Rights Conference (PHRC) on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity & Expression and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC) welcomes interested individuals to submit an expression of interest for Community Delegates to attend its third Conference to be held from 22-26 April 2024 in Fiji.

The Conference serves as a platform to strengthen and advance ideas, collaboration, solidarity, activism, advocacy and movement-building to address the unique challenges faced by Pacific people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+), or with Indigenous and other diverse gender identities and expressions unique to the region. It is an important regional event building on the success of the first PHRC (Tonga, 2015) and the 2nd PHRC (Fiji, 2018).With the theme of Pacific Islanders of Diverse Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression and Sex Characteristics: Working for Global Justice and Local Human Rights, the Conference will create a fierce and lasting impact towards a vision for a resilient Pacific region of peace, harmony, security, social inclusion and prosperity, that ensures all Pacific peoples can lead free, healthy and productive lives as per the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.The Pacific Sexual and Gender Diversity Network based in Suva, Fiji is the Secretariat of the Conference convened by a Regional Organising Committee made up of LGBTQIA+ civil society organisations across the Pacific. You can read a detailed concept note for the Conference here.
The conference is primarily for LGBTQIA+ people who live in the Pacific small island states. It will mainly involve LGBTQIA+ activists and Human Rights defenders already active or wishing to become so, from within the region. This is an open call for people to put in an Expression of Interest to participate in the conference. There will be a select few regional and international experts invited to speak at the event as well as state officials, development partners and donors invited to be observers in some sessions.

If you are selected to attend, funding assistance will be available to cover your participation costs. A full scholarship includes:

  1. Return economy airfares including any domestic connections
  2. Shared accommodation in a double-occupancy room (for those wishing to opt for a single-occupancy room, you will need to pay the additional surcharge or self-fund)
  3. Conference registration fees
  4. A small additional daily allowance for incidentals and any layovers
  5. Visa fees if applicable

The scholarship does not include:

  1. Travel insurance
  2. Health insurance
  3. Passport renewal or a new application

If people can contribute towards the conference costs, that is also very much appreciated.

Those interested in participating are requested to submit an application by clicking on this link to fill the form. Please note, this current EOI is for Community Delegates only.

 

The deadline for expressions of interest closes on Friday 5pm 12 January 2024 Fiji Time. Selected community delegates will be informed by 19 January 2024.Please do not hesitate to contact Kris Prasad via email phrc.coordinator@psgdn.org or Mobile/Whatsapp: +679 9145777, the Conference Coordinator if you have any queries.

DIVA (Chair, Regional Organising Committee)