In the first quarter of 2017, another 8 projects receive funding, adding up to a total of almost € 35,000 funded. Our funding helps to:
- organize sports events for LBT women in Uganda and Serbia;
- set up an LGBTI shelter in Malawi;
- hold a labor conference and a trans* cultural festival in Russia;
- produce a legal guide for community members in Iraq and the Kurdistan region;
- develop an LGBT-themed educational toolkit for schools in Poland;
- increase bi-visibility in Slovenia.
TransParent from Croatia participated in multiple panels, telling the trans* story from the parents’ perspective. They organized several lectures regarding trans* and intersex issues, as well as gender identity, launched a website, and advocated for trans* human rights.
Furthermore, they attended Zagreb Pride with multiple other trans* parents, for most of whom this was the first time joining the event and showing their pride about their children.
LBT women's football initiative FemSlam from Serbia organized the first series of activities funded by us. The photo to the left was taken at a workshop bringing together LBT women from all over.
Participants discussed their personal experiences and the challenges they encounter when organizing and participating in sport in their own communities. Other topics included the obstacles they face in community building, how to empower each other, and how to create more space for trans* and intersex individuals in their teams. Also, they played a friendly football match.
Pakasipiti Zimbabwe combined fun and sports with LBT rights; they organized soccer tournaments, while also giving workshops and trainings focused on safety and security.
Furthermore, they collected experiences from professional football players following a group discussion on ‘gender verification testing in sport.’
Solace Brothers Foundation (SBF) in Ghana worked together with LGBT community members to develop a training manual for current and future community leaders. Up until now they trained 20 leaders representing LGB members and civil organizations, while even more participated in the development of the manual. SBF expects to continue the trainings and expand these activities to other regions across Ghana.
NEXUS Youth Network held its first Unity Cup Badminton Tournament in Semarang, Indonesia. 36 people participated in the tournament, which also marks the launch of an independent, community-led badminton club. With our funding, this club enables LGBTI people to practice their sport in a safe environment. In the long run, NEXUS hopes to increase visibility of LGBTI people and their acceptance within Indonesian society.
Association pour la Valorisation de la Femmes (AVAF) in Cameroon organized several educational, sports and recreational activities over a ten-month period. More than 300 lesbian women participated, which significantly exceeded expectations. Educational talks focused on several relevant topics, such as coming out, sexual relationships between women, and genital mutilation.
L’initiative Mawjoudin pour l’égalité established a multifunctional social space in Tunisia. Around 10-15 people visit this space on a daily basis, and they can be themselves and socialize with others. Also, every month Mawjoudin organizes workshops and hosts bi-monthly music and cinema clubs. The space also functions as an office, which can also be used by partner organizations and self-employed community members.
In the second half of 2016, PlanetRomeo Foundation supported another 8 projects in 7 different countries. With these projects, the Foundation helps to:
– organize LGBT sports activities in Indonesia and the far east of Russia;
– establish safe spaces in Armenia, Tunisia and a country in Eastern Africa;
– start an LGBT legal support framework in 3 cities in Ukraine;
– support LGBTI youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina with their coming-out process.
These projects receive funding adding up to almost € 36,000.
Lighthouse NGO established a hotline for LGBTI teens in Ukraine, with support from PlanetRomeo Foundation. Currently, they receive 10 calls per month. Lighthouse continues to promote this service actively throughout the country, contributing to a slow but gradual growth towards a better environment for LGBTI youth in Ukraine. Since the project started in May 2016, the number of participants in their LGBTI Teens Union group has grown from 30 to 150 people.
Find out more about Lighthouse NGO here.