Press Release —Local September 07, 2020

UN agencies in Finland in solidarity with LGBTIQ+ community 

Pride flag. Photo: Stavrialena Gontzou/Unsplash

The United Nations’ organizations and agencies in Finland express their support to the LGBTIQ+ community. We are committed to human rights for all. Our fundamental values are equality and non-discrimination.

As we fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic, we must not forget the LGBTIQ+ issues. LGBTIQ+ populations face unique protection challenges amid this crisis, for example an increased risk of violence and mental health concerns and heightened vulnerability in relation to social assistance. Yet all too often, LGBTIQ+ people are not mentioned alongside other vulnerable groups in COVID-19 policies and response mechanisms. It is up to everyone to call and act for change.

We would like to send a message of solidarity to the LGBTIQ+ community. We wish everyone a meaningful Pride week that supports the change towards realizing human rights for all.

 

International Organization for Migration in Finland

UN Association of Finland

Finnish Refugee Council

Väestöliitto (the Family Federation of Finland)

Finnish National Committee for UNICEF

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