Webseminar: “Joint strategies of LGBTQI* rights and feminisms”, 30 November 2021

Tuesday 30 November 1.30-3.00 PM CET, in English with French and Spanish interpretation

The ultra-conservative political groups connect their backlash on women’s rights with an attack on the rights of LGBTQI* communities, among several other intersections.  It opens up strategic questions on how LGBTIQ* movements and feminists can and should further work together. What are examples of an effective shared strategy, common language? What differences do we need to learn about, especially when working from an intersectional perspective in which other intersections interrelate?


Dayna Ash is a cultural and social activist, writer, and the founder & Executive Director of Haven for Artists, a non-profit feminist art organization based in Beirut, Lebanon that works at the intersection of art and activism; unapologetically campaigning, and advocating for women’s and queer rights. She was named one of the BBC’s 100 most inspirational Women for 2019, the 2020 Woman of Distinction award from the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, and the 2021 Leader in LGBT Health Equity award from the Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health for advancing LGBTQ wellbeing in Lebanon. Dayna currently is on the Artist Changemaker Advisory Council for the Global Fund for Women and A Selection Committee Member for The Doria Feminist Fund.

Wiktor Dynarski
(they/them) lives in New York City and works as a philanthropic professional concerned primarily with the issues of public health, human rights of marginalized communities, and counteracting disinformation. Dynarski is a member of Grantmakers United for Trans Communities, an initiative of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, which aims to inspire a philanthropic culture that is inclusive and supportive of trans people through grant- and decision-making. They are also active with the Global Philanthropy Project, serving as the Co-chair of its Trans and Intersex Funding Working Group. Between 2019 and 2020 they also served on the Steering Committee of the International Trans Fund. In 2021, Dynarski received a PhD from Warsaw University Institute of Applied Social Sciences, where they are affiliated with the Centre for Social Studies on Sexuality. Their dissertation concerned trans masculine experiences in Poland and Slovakia, two countries where they previously worked as a trans rights advocate.

Emilia Márquez Pizano
is an anthropologist, author and activist in feminist and LGBTQI* communities in Colombia. She is on the board of directors, being the director in the area of gender and sexuality for the NGO Temblores in Colombia. Temblores has played a vital role in documenting police brutality in Colombia, especially within the context of social protests this year. The association also organizes participatory research and advocacy projects that advocate for the realization of the rights of people with non-normative sexualities and genders in Colombia with a current focus on access to healthcare. She has a graduate degree in feminist and gender studies.

Moderator Julia Günther
(she/her) has been working on feminist and intersectional perspectives in development discourses for the past 18 years. Through her sociology and development studies and personal life, the importance of a queer standpoint became essential in her work. Julia Günther now works as a psychotherapist, where she also inhabits an intersectional perspective on mental health. As an external lecturer, these perspectives culminate in teaching material and methods. She is a member of WIDE+ Europe and WIDE in Austria.

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