WAPPP Seminar Series: Over the Rainbow? The Road to LGBTI Inclusion

Date: 

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Hosted Online

The recording of this seminar session is available on the WAPPP YouTube channel.  

Monika Queisser | Senior Counsellor to the Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate and the Head of Social Policy Division at the OECD

Marie-Anne Valfort | Professor at the Paris School of Economics and at Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University

This seminar aims to provide unique insights on achievements, remaining challenges and the way forward to ensure equal treatment of LGBTI people. Monika Queisser and Marie-Anne Valfort will present the OECD latest report on LGBTI inclusion entitled “Over the Rainbow? The Road to LGBTI Inclusion”. This report provides a comprehensive overview of the extent to which laws in OECD countries ensure equal treatment of LGBTI people, and of the complementary policies that could help foster LGBTI inclusion. Based on an analysis of international human rights standards, the report first identifies the legislative and regulatory frameworks that are critical for the inclusion of sexual and gender minorities. The report then explores whether these laws are in force in OECD countries and examines the margin for further improvement. Finally, the report investigates the broader policy measures that should accompany LGBTI-inclusive laws in order to strengthen the inclusion of LGBTI people, and illustrates how to implement them through a wide range of best practice examples.

 

Monika Queisser is Senior Counsellor to the Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate and the Head of Social Policy Division at the OECD, where she supervises and coordinates the work on social protection, social indicators, pensions, affordable housing, family and LGBTI+ policies. Furthermore, she also manages the OECD Gender Initiative which examines gender inequalities in education, employment and entrepreneurship. As a champion of gender-related issues she frequently intervenes in expert groups, forums and panels worldwide. She has been working at the OECD since 1997. In 2007-8, she worked as an adviser to the OECD Secretary-General. Prior to joining the OECD, Ms. Queisser worked at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. She was a member of the pensions and insurance group in the Financial Sector Development Department. Her first employment was with the German Ifo Institute for economic research in Munich. Her professional experience also includes employment as a journalist at daily newspapers and broadcasting in Germany.

Marie-Anne Valfort is a Professor at the Paris School of Economics and at Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University, currently on secondment at the OECD. A graduate of HEC Paris, she holds a doctorate from the Ecole Polytechnique and dedicates the bulk of her research to studying discriminations, especially in the labour market. Her contribution includes measuring various types of discriminations, isolating their causes, evaluating their consequences and identifying efficient anti-discrimination policies. In 2016, Marie-Anne joined the OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs where she is in charge of the OECD work on the inclusion of LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) people.