In Burundi, same-sex sexual activity is still criminalized. As part of its LGBT Human Rights Education program, Moulin des Libertés (MOLI) developed the first brochure on human rights related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. The brochure aims to address the gap of existing information that can be used by the LGBT community and workers dealing with LGBT individuals. Before this publication, no comprehensive information on human rights was available to the LGBT community in Burundi.
This program is the first dedicated initiative dealing with human rights education, which targets LGBT persons in grassroots communities in Burundi. You can view or download the full version of the brochure.
As part of their Trans Advance project, FtM Phoenix Group co-organized several activities. A film festival, called Side by Side, was held in Krasnodar, the southwest of Russia. Also the Summer Trans Camp was held, giving 12 Russian and Ukrainian trans* people an opportunity to participate in various activities, like sports.
It’s the first time FtM Phoenix works on a north-centre-south basis, together with LGBT social movement, Revers from Krasnodar, and Russian LGBT Network from St. Petersburg. FtM Phoenix hopes to make this camp an annual event. You can find more information here.
The first ever OGERA Cup Tournament, a soccer competition for lesbian, bisexual and trans* (LBT) women attracted a crowd of more than 100 spectators. The Organization for Gender Empowerment and Rights Advocacy (OGERA) gathered 42 LBTs, divided into 6 teams to compete against each other. PlanetRomeo Foundation funding enabled OGERA to organize the event, including preliminary human rights trainings and outreach activities.
The event also raised the attention of the Ugandan football association (FUFA). The champions of this year’s tournament were LMB The Smashers and the OGERA Titans came in second. All participants were awarded a certificate. OGERA hopes to turn the soccer competition into an annual event. Visit our OGERA project page for more information.
In Mauritius, Young Queer Alliance has set up a Safety Centre for young LGBTQIA and Trans* people. The centre acts as an emergency shelter, office and meeting space – a true all-under-one-roof facility. This youth-led project is the first of its kind in Mauritius. PlanetRomeo Foundation funded the purchase of furniture, household appliances and other equipment for the shelter, as well as books and IEC materials for the information corner.
The Safety Centre is a safe haven for young LGBTIs to meet without fear of harassment, bullying, violence and being judged. The centre will also be used for existing and new programmes of YQA, which include meetings, support groups, trainings and psychosocial support. Visit our Young Queer Alliance project page for more information.
HODSAS in D.R. Congo recently organized a second peer educator training session on communication techniques and human rights, in which 20 LGBTIs participated. In total, HODSAS now has 40 peer educators/LGBTI communicators available. They want to empower the local LGBTI community and help them to counter the current increase of verbal and psychological violence based on sexual orientation.
This is part of a larger project to counter homophobia, which includes an LGBTI leadership building program, radio broadcasts to educate and influence the general public on LGBTI topics, as well as the set-up of a database of anti-LGBTI violence incidents. Visit the HODSAS project page for more information.