Andrea M. Ayala, is a lawyer of the Republic of El Salvador, a Human Rights activist since 2009. She is a specialist in gender and an expert on Sexual Diversity issues. She has been a participant and speaker in various national and regional spaces on these issues. She has a specialization on the Inter-American and International System of Human Rights Protection from the American University Washington Collage of the Law and the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, and has a Higher Diploma in Sexual Diversity organized by CLACSO Latinoamerica and the Argentina LGBT Federation. .
Currently, she is the Executive Director of the non-governmental organization ESMULES, a space for Salvadoran lesbian women for diversity, from which she can carry out political advocacy processes in El Salvador and at an international level, as well as her lobbying and advocacy experiences. She was part of the team that led the creation of the mechanism of the Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity within the UN Human Rights Council, during its 32nd session in Geneva, Switzerland in 2016, also as a representative of the LGBTI population in Central America and the Caribbean in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals AGENDA 2030 in New York City in July 2017; at the momento she’s part of 50 experts worldwide, who contribute to the review of the indicators for the first LGBTI Inclusion Index worldwide, led by the World Bank and UNDP.
Realities of LGBTI elder people in El Salvador
Beginning in 2014, ESMULES started to work on LGBTI and Elder people issues. This initiative developed because of both passion and for the interesting point of view of sexuality in elder people. At that moment in Central America, nobody recognized the intersection of LGBTI people and aging.
In 2015 we decided with 2 other Central American allies to conduct the first investigation on LGBTI aging. This is how we started to bring visibility to how this part of the population face a double standard of discrimination, sometimes even triple due to poverty status. The information gathered during that investigation has led us to have a bigger compromise to tackle the necessities of LGBTI elder people.
It is important to present the results of the investigation, “Realities of LGBTI elder people in El Salvador” and the work that we have done for the past 4 years on this topic, as is very important to notice that having using an approach based on Human Rights standards, will make the aging process one with more comprehension and health.