Source description last updated: 1 October 2019

In brief: The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), formed in 1978 and based in Switzerland, is a federation of organisations working for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people.

Coverage on ecoi.net:

Annual reports by ILGA and by ILGA-Europe.

Covered quarterly on ecoi.net, for countries of priorities A-E (all available countries).

Mission/Mandate/Objectives:

ILGA works for:

“the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people and for liberation from all forms of discrimination and violence; […]

equality of all people who live and face discrimination and violence because of their perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics […]” (ILGA: Constitution of ILGA World, 2019, p. 2)

To work for these goals, ILGA creates a platform for LGBTI people, works for their equal representation, supports its members, collects and researches information, organises trainings, conferences and offers facilities for coordination (ILGA: Constitution of ILGA World, 2019, p. 2).

ILGA has consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOS) (see also “further reading” below) and has over 1,500 member organisations from 150 countries and territories (ILGA website: About us, undated).

For more details, see their respective constitutions:

ILGA: Constitution of ILGA, 2019
https://ilga.org/downloads/ILGA_World_Constitution_2019.pdf

ILGA-Europe: ILGA-Constitution, 27 October 2018
https://www.ilga-europe.org/sites/default/files/Attachments/ie_constitution_revised_after_october_2018_conf_-_clean.pdf

Funding:

ILGA is “funded by governments, private foundations and the invaluable contributions of hundreds of private donors.” (ILGA website: About us, undated).

ILGA’s annual reports provide financial information on income and expenses in sums, but not in such details as to identify the sources of income. See for instance:

ILGA: Annual Report 2018, 2019, p. 46
https://ilga.org/downloads/ILGA_Annual_Report_2018_eng_web.pdf

Scope of reporting:

Geographic focus: Worldwide. (Scope of ILGA-Europe is European and Central Asian countries).

Thematic focus: Rights of LGBTI persons.

Methodology:

Desk research.

For more information on ILGA-Europe’s “Rainbow Europe” index, please see: https://www.rainbow-europe.org/about

Language(s) of publications:

English (and some in Spanish and / or French)

Further reading / links:

ILGA: The history of ILGA: 1978/2012, undated
https://ilga.org/ilga-history

Freedom House: ILGA Granted UN Consultative Status, 30 June 2011
https://freedomhouse.org/article/ilga-granted-un-consultative-status

UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC): Quadrennial reports for the period 2011-2014 submitted by non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council through the Secretary-General pursuant to Council resolution 1996/31 [E/C.2/2016/2/Add.15], 10 November 2015, p. 7-8
https://undocs.org/E/C.2/2016/2/Add.15

UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC): Quadrennial reports for the period 2010-2013 submitted by non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council through the Secretary-General pursuant to Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31 [E/C.2/2016/2/Add.28], 23 February 2016, p. 3-4
https://undocs.org/E/C.2/2016/2/Add.28

ILGA: ILGA and the ECOSOC Status Controversy, undated
https://ilga.org/ilga-ecosoc-status-controversy

 

All links accessed 1 October 2019.