Pride and Prejudice: The path to advocacy

  • 24 May 2018
  • 09:00 - 18:00 (CST)
  • Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road,Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong


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Pride and Prejudice 2018
The path to advocacy

We are living in unpredictable times. In the face of global political shifts, progress in countries traditionally leading the charge on LGBT equality and inclusion can no longer be taken for granted—in fact, it must be protected from those who seek to undo it. At the same time, the basic human rights of LGBT individuals in many countries are, at best, not recognised and, at worst, legally non-existent.

Technological advances and the interconnectivity afforded by the internet have brought the challenging conditions faced by many LGBT individuals across the world into sharper focus, but they also increase the responsibility and ability of observers to help. How can governments, companies and individuals become advocates? What does it take to translate good intentions into meaningful action? And how can united efforts transcend borders to improve the legal rights and societal treatment of LGBT people worldwide?

Pride and Prejudice 2018 will assess the status of LGBT rights in specific countries, map new battlegrounds and identify the scope for action. Participants will draw lessons from the experiences of individuals, businesses and governments across the world and translate them into recommendations. Talk is cheap—it’s time to act.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Maureen DeRooJi, chief executive officer Asia-Pacific, ABN AMRO Bank
  • Shane Hodges, vice-president, Asia-Pacific, American Airlines
  • Wei Xiaogang, co-chair, Beijing Queer Film Festival
  • Sean Fitzgerald, co-president, Federation of Gay Games
  • Harry O'Neill, partner, Heidrick & Struggles
  • Raymond Chan, member, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Legislative Council
  • Geraldine Roman, congresswoman, House of Representatives of the Philippines
  • Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, transgender activist, India
  • Tomoya Hosoda, councillor of Iruma, Japan
  • Tomoko Nakagawa, mayor of Takarazuka, Japan
  • Tadashi Fujita, executive vice-president, Japan Airlines
  • Raghu Raman, group president, Reliance Industries
  • Sunil Menon, founder and director, Sahodaran
  • Nisha Ayub, founder, Seed Foundation Malaysia
  • Shubha Chacko, executive director, Solidarity Foundation
  • Zainab Javid Patel, policy analyst, United Nations Development Programme
  • Hideki Sunagawa, cultural anthropologist, University of Tokyo
  • … and many others.

Why Attend?
Hear from some of the most influential business decision-makers, government policy-makers, and innovative thinkers from across the globe, discussing an unbiased, content-driven and business-oriented agenda. Connect and network with over 200 leaders from the worlds of business, politics and society to address LGBT business issues head-on and bring the debate forward.

Programme highlights

  • What is the current state of LGBT rights across the world? Is there a global goal for the LGBT movement?
  • What do we mean by “advocate”? What does it take to become one?
  • Where has resistance to LGBT individuals come from historically? Has globalisation imported and exported LGBT prejudice as well as LGBT rights?
  • How can policymakers and business leaders hold back the tide of regressive politics around the world?
  • What are the short- and long-term benefits (and pitfalls) of using social media as a tool for fighting discrimination?
  • How do you make would-be allies aware and engaged in efforts towards LGBT inclusion?Secure your place today. This is your last chance to register.

Who should attend?

  • Chief executives and chairmen
  • Presidents
  • Vice-presidents
  • Chief operating officers
  • Chief compliance officers
  • Chief human resource officers
  • Chief social responsibility officers
  • Chief marketing officers
  • Chief strategy officers
  • Chief diversity officers
  • Lawyers
  • Analysts and consultants
  • Policymakers
  • Academics
  • LGBT influencers

Event details

Date: May 24, 2016 (Thursday)

Time: 9:00-18:00

Venue: Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road,Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong


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