Maria von Känel, Treasurer

Maria is a co-founder and General Manager of the Swiss Rainbow Families Association since 2010. Out of her activism for LGBTI families she had the idea to create a special day to celebrate rainbow families all over the world. The International Family Equality Day (IFED) is an official LGBTI awareness day which takes place every first Sunday in May since 2012. The Council of Europe recognises IFED as an important tool to combat homo- and transphobia and to promote a tolerant and cohesive society. Maria is co-founder and board member of the Geneva based NGO “International Family Equality Day” (IFED) and coordinator of the annually published IFED report.

In 2016 she co-founded the European Lesbian* Conference, acted as a board member (12/2017) and contributed extensively to the organization. In 2017 and 2018 she organized the Asia Pacific Rainbow Families Forum in Hongkong in cooperation with Planet Ally.

In 2018 she co-initiated the third “Lesbian* March” in Swiss history since 1986.

To her further activities belong the launch of the petition “Equal Opportunities for all Families” in Switzerland which led to the successful implementation of the new step adoption law in 2018. From 2012 to 2014 she actively participated in the EU- Grundtvig learning partnership “Being an LGBT parent as an experience of democracy and active citizenship”.

Maria has a strong focus on community building, strategic planning, networking and digital-communications.

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In 2019 IFED was celebrated in 117 Towns in 50 Countries. Greetings to all LGBTIQ* Families, related, friends, activists out there.

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