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The Netherlands Embassy staff and their families will march in the Wellington International Pride Parade (WIPP) to show their support for human rights of LGBTI+ persons.
The inflatable Dutch Kissing Boys dolls in “Delft Blue” will march with the Netherlands Embassy in the pride parade on 16 March 2019. They have travelled from the Netherlands Embassy in Ottawa, Canada to Wellington for the Pride Festival and the World Conference of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) that will take place from 18-22 March 2019 in Wellington.
The Netherlands Embassy warmly invites everyone to share in the journey of the Dutch Kissing Boys going around the world for the promotion and respect of human rights of LGBTI+ persons. A journey from Ottawa to Wellington, and from NZ to other parts of the world. You are welcome to take a photo to share and use #DutchKissingBoys #DutchKissingGirls. You can’t miss them as they are over two meters tall!
Equal rights for LGBTI+ persons are a priority within the Netherlands international human rights policy. Worldwide the Dutch government pursues a policy on the principle of non-discrimination that combats discrimination and violence on grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and sex characteristics. The Netherlands together with Uruguay established the Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) in 2016. The ERC has become a network of 40 countries, including New Zealand, with the goal of promoting equal rights for LGBTI persons worldwide.
To support this objective, they are also sponsoring seven scholarships for LGBTI+ activists from the Pacific to attend the ILGA World Conference in Wellington. This is to enhance regional participation.
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