WHO WE ARE
Dignity Network is a group of organizations across Canada involved in supporting the human rights of LGBTI people globally. The purpose of the network is to provide a platform for Canadian based-organizations and individuals and their global partners to support the human rights of LGBTI people globally, including issues related to LGBTI refugees. The Network is governed by a national steering committee.
WHAT WE DO
Act as a Canadian hub for communication and knowledge-sharing across organizations on global LGBTI human rights issues, especially emphasizing the perspectives of international partners
Convene and host gatherings, conferences and meetings on Canada and global LGBTI human rights issues
Encourage and support research related to global LGBTI human rights issues
Engage and support advocacy efforts both nationally and internationally, including with the Canadian government and the Equal Rights Coalition
HOW WE WORK
A number of Working Groups have been set up as determined by interest of participating members. At our initial national roundtable in June 2016 in Ottawa, there were four popular issues that attendees were interested in working on:
- International Development Policy
- Religion and global LGBTI Issues
- Supporting LGBTI refugees
- Foreign Policy
We may set up other Working Groups in the future. Working Groups develop their own goals, membership and agendas.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Our network believes that there is a role for Canada and Canadians to play in the world around supporting movements for the human rights of LGBTI people.