Sydney WorldPride Human Rights Conference:
Scholarship Program Announced





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  • Scholars will be given free access to the three-day Human Rights Conference, taking place from March 1 to 3, 2023

  • Three Scholarships Programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, International and Australian Scholars

LGBTQIA+ activists in Australia and across the globe are being given the chance to attend the Sydney WorldPride Human Rights Conference for free, thanks to a dedicated Scholarship Program.

The seven-day Scholarship Program will run from Monday 27 February 2023 to Monday 6 March 2023 and is designed to cover costs for activists and changemakers from all around the world.

The Program includes free access to the three-day Sydney WorldPride Human Rights Conference, the opportunity to join the historic Pride March across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and tickets to Rainbow Republic and selected other events.

For international, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholars, the Program will also pay for accommodation and return travel to Sydney.

There are three ways in which activists can apply:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship Program – this program is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQIA+SB scholars only. It provides free access to the three-day conference and selected other events, domestic travel to Sydney, accommodation and a daily expense allowance.
  • International Scholarship Program – this program is open to LGBTQIA+ scholars from outside Australia, with priority given to those from Asia and the Indo-Pacific region. It provides free access to the three-day conference and selected other events, return airfare to Sydney, accommodation and a daily expense allowance.
  • Ticket Scholarship Program – this program is open to LGBTQIA+ scholars residing in Australia and provides three-day access to the conference and selected other events.

The Human Rights Conference is the cornerstone of Sydney WorldPride 2023 and will be held at Sydney’s International Conference Centre (ICC) from March 1 to 3, 2023. The ground-breaking conference is the first of its kind in the Asia Pacific region and will bring together 1,500 community leaders, activists, politicians and human rights experts from across the globe to address the key human rights issues affecting LGBTQIA+ people around the world.

Sydney WorldPride’s Chief Executive, Kate Wickett, said: “The Human Rights Conference is one of the most important events in the Sydney WorldPride calendar. The first of its kind in the Asia Pacific, it will help make real change for the LGBTQIA+ community across the region and the world.

“Australian LGBTIQ+ human rights organisation Equality Australia is leading the development of the conference program, working with a coalition of community organisations and an International Advisory Board made up of LGBTIQ+ civil society leaders from across the globe.

“The Scholarship Program will allow access to this important conference for people who couldn’t otherwise attend. In doing so, it will give these scholars the opportunity to share their experiences, participate in sessions and contribute to valuable discussion.

“We are extremely grateful to our partner, the Australian Federation of Aids Organisations, for working with us on this Scholarship Program and helping to ensure that the conference represents a multiplicity of views and experiences.”

More information, including the Scholarship Application Forms, can be found on the Sydney WorldPride website (click here).

Sydney WorldPride is delivering the Human Rights Conference Scholarships Program with the generous assistance of the Australian Federal Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

More information about the ticket options for changemakers and activists can be found here (click here).

More information about Presenter and Activator EOIs can be found on the Sydney WorldPride website (click here). For more information contact Matt Fraser, Original Spin: [email protected]

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Acknowledgement of country

Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.