World Bank Appoints First Advisor to Tackle LGBTI Issues
The LGBTI community wave a rainbow flag during a march in support of gay marriage, sexual and gender diversity in Mexico City, Mexico September 11, 2016. Credit: Reuters
The World Bank has appointed an advisor whose job will be to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) interests and issues as a part of the bank’s developmental work, Reuters reported.
The bank announced on Thursday that creating this senior position reiterates their commitment to battling discrimination against LGBTI people globally.
“Discrimination against any group is not only morally wrong, it stands in the way of sustained, balanced, and inclusive economic growth,” Jim Yong Kim, the bank’s president, said in a statement quoted by Reuters. “We need to strengthen our case for economic inclusion [of LGBTI persons].”
Last month, the UN appointed its first independent investigator to look into and curtail violence and discrimination against the LGBTI community across the world. A UN report published in 2015 said hundreds of LGBTI people have been killed and thousands injured in recent years, in incidents including physical attacks and sexual violence.