Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 10, 2013

In recognition of International Human Rights Day, the State Department welcomes Deloitte to the Global Equality Fund.

Launched in December 2011, the Global Equality Fund supports civil society’s efforts to advance and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons around the world. The Fund is a collaborative effort led by the U.S. Department of State, which will bridge government, companies, and civil society organizations with the shared objective of creating an environment in which LGBT persons can live freely and without discrimination.

Since its launch, the Fund has provided over $7.5 million to civil society in over 50 countries worldwide. The Fund provides organizations and human rights defenders with emergency assistance in response to threats or harassment due to their work to promote the human rights of LGBT persons; builds organizational capacity for human rights documentation, advocacy, legal reform, and organizational development; and provides support to combat negative social attitudes and societal discrimination.

Deloitte joins the U.S. Agency for International Development; the governments of Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, The Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden; and the Arcus Foundation, the John D. Evans Foundation, LLH: the Norwegian LGBT Organization, and the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund as collaborators with the Global Equality Fund.

Deloitte’s contribution will help the Global Equality Fund continue to provide critical emergency and long-term assistance to advance and protect the human rights of LGBT persons around the world.

PRN: 2013/1549