Webtalk 15 Dec, 16h: Do no harm? A feminist and decolonial approach on harmful power relations, with Stephanie Leitch, ILGA World, Trindad & Tobago

Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation cordially invites you to an online discussion on a feminist and decolonial approaches to the Do no Harm principle. A critical intervention with Stephanie Leitch from ILGA World, Trinidad and Tobago in conversation with Clementine E. Burnley, writer, facilitator and intersectional feminist trainer.

When? Thursday 15 Dec, 4-4:45 PM CET

Who? Stephanie Leitch, Senior Officer, Decriminalisation project and ILGA regions engagement, ILGA World, Trinidad & Tobago

Moderator: Clementine E. Burnley, writer, facilitator and intersectional feminist trainer.

Where? online via Zoom

Please register here and the access link will be sent shortly before the event: https://pretix.eu/lindmanns/power-relations/


The webtalk will be held in English. It is aimed at activists, NGOs, development practitioners, researchers and parliamentarians, everybody with an interest in the human rights of LGBTQI people and a decolonial approach to international relations.


German Civil Society has long requested a critical reflection of the colonial past and practical consequences for international cooperation. Germany is the second largest donor in development cooperation worldwide and the country has recently adopted a feminist foreign policy and development cooperation.


In 2021 the government has adopted the “LGBTI inclusion strategy for foreign policy and development cooperation. As a consequence of longstanding requests from Civil Society the strategy states that “Local history and the life stories and traditions of LGBTI people, including relevant aspects of missionary and colonial history, are essential considerations”.


Do no harm is the guiding principle in humanitarian aid and development cooperation and it is a core element of the LGBTI-inclusion concept. Feminist foreign policy and development cooperation are explicitly meant to include LGBTI people and these policies are described as transformative and intersectional.


But today´s global power relations still originate in the history of colonialism and are strikingly asymmetrical. How can the Do no harm-principle be applied to international project work with international project work for LGBTIQ people? How can a decolonial approach work? What can it look like? What works and what doesn´t?


Stephanie Leitch, Senior Officer at ILGA World is based in Trinidad and Tobago in Conversation with Clementine Burnley, writer, facilitator and intersectional feminist trainer.


ILGA World – the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association - is a worldwide federation of more than 1,700 organisations from over 160 countries and territories campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex human rights.


An online talk by Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation Hirschfeld-Eddy-Stiftung as part of the project : „Do no harm – Risiken für LSBTI in der internationalen Projektarbeit minimieren“. All articles and documentation in our blog tagged DNH-2022: https://blog.lsvd.de/tag/dnh-2022/