Nick probes Government on commitment to Equal Rights Coalition

Nick Herbert

What plans he has for the UK in its role as co-chair of the Equal Rights Coalition in 2019-20.

The Minister for Africa (Harriett Baldwin)

The UK looks forward to co-chairing the Equal Rights Coalition with Argentina from May this year. We will use our role to promote and protect LGBT rights globally.

Nick Herbert

I thank the Minister for that answer. It is good news that the UK is taking over this role, but the Equal Rights Coalition is in its infancy and needs more work to ensure that the global fight for LGBT rights is effective. Will the Minister assure me that she will commit sufficient resources to the UK’s chairmanship of the Equal Rights Coalition and ensure effective co-ordination between Departments in this important year?

Harriett Baldwin

I pay tribute to my right hon. Friend’s leadership on this issue and to his all-party parliamentary group on global lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights for drawing cross-Government work together.
I can assure him, on behalf of both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development, that we will certainly give the organisation the resourcing it needs.
He will be aware that its work fits in with the Equalities Office’s overall strategy, including the international element.

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