Bob Hepple Equality Award Winner 2019: Ging Cristobal, the Philippines

Join us to celebrate on 12 September 2019

The Equal Rights Trust is delighted to announce that the winner of the Bob Hepple Equality Award 2019 is Ging Cristobal, co-Coordinator of the Stop the Discrimination Coalition in the Philippines. This year’s award ceremony will take place from 18.30 on Thursday 12th September 2019 at Doughty Street Chambers in London. Please book your tickets here

Award Winner: Ging Cristobal

Ging Cristobal is one of the co-coordinators of the Stop the Discrimination Coalition, a multi-sectoral legislative advocacy network which advocates for the enactment of a comprehensive anti-discrimination law in the Philippines. The Coalition brings together civil society organisations representing groups such as older persons, persons with disabilities and LGBTQI persons, alongside representatives of government and international governmental organisations. Since the Coalition’s establishment in 2015, Ging has been a leading voice in its advocacy for equality law reform in the Philippines. Despite the significant deterioration in the protection of human rights in the Philippines in recent years, Ging and the other members of the Coalition continue to work towards the adoption of a comprehensive equality law.

Alongside her work with the Stop the Discrimination Coalition, Ging has also taken a leading role in building and supporting the LGBTQI+movement in the Philippines and the wider region, for example co-founding ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, a coalition of LGBT groups in Southeast Asia advocating for the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGIE) in the work of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations; and Task Force Pride, a network engaged in organizing the annual LGBT Pride event in the Philippines. Ging is a Project Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific for OutRight Action International. In this role, she is currently working on the inclusion of LGBTQI+ issues into the work of service providers at the community level in two major cities in Manila, supporting them to provide services which are appropriate, respectful and sensitive for LGBTQI+ persons.

Keynote Speaker: Baroness Helena Kennedy QC


We are also delighted to announce that the keynote speaker at this year’s award ceremony will be Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, one of the most distinguished lawyers in the United Kingdom.  She has practiced at the Bar for over 40 years in the field of criminal law and has conducted many of the leading cases in those years. She has chaired the British Council and the UK Human Genetics Commission. She has recently been appointed as the new Director of the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute.



Award ceremony: 12 September 2019

This year’s Bob Hepple Equality Award ceremony will take place from 18.30 on 12 September, at Doughty Street Chambers in London. Please purchase your tickets via EventBrite here. Tickets are £10, with a small platform booking fee. 

Bob Hepple Equality Award 2019

Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty St, Holborn, London WC1N 2LS

Thursday 12 September 2019

Drinks Reception: 6.30 – 7.00

Award Ceremony: 7.00 – 8.00

Canapes and Drinks : 8.00 – 9.30

After the ceremony, drinks and canapes will be provided and there will be plenty of opportunity to network and meet the worthy winner and speakers.


This event is generously sponsored by:

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