Williams Institute Hosts Research Meeting in Nepal
The Williams Institute, in conjunction with the Blue Diamond Society, held a two day conference in Kathmandu, Nepal, to advance the knowledge and understanding of sexual and gender minorities. Nepal was the first country in the world to legally recognize a third gender. After a failed government attempt to conduct a national census of third gender Nepalese, the United Nations Development Program supported the Williams Institute and The Blue Diamond Society to design and conduct a survey of sexual and gender minorities in Nepal.
This meeting brought together local advocates and researchers from India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to review the findings of the study as well as refine methods to collect data and understand this highly under-studies population. As more countries throughout the world recognize additional gender categories, governments and advocates will need additional tools to accurately understand the lives of third-gendered people and appropriate respond to their needs. Staff from government and United Nations agencies also attended the meeting.
For a full report of the meeting, click here.