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Project Update: Straights for Rainbow – Russia

Straights for Rainbow organized their 1st School of Human Rights in Omsk, Russia. As a result 20 activists were, during a five-day program packed with workshops and lectures, educated on LGBT rights and discrimination.

One of the participants reflected: “I am heterosexual and I have never thought about the problems that LGBT people face in Russia. I want to be the person who will speak up against homophobia in my university. I want to open their eyes on the problems and discrimination that I myself had no idea about.”

This alone is already a great result.

Project Update: Triumph Bi East Africa – Uganda

Triumph Bi East Africa organized learning and training workshops in Uganda aiming at creating awareness and changing attitudes of the general community as well as lesbians, gays and transgender people towards bisexuals. They reached no less than 79 local community leaders, religious leaders and members of the general community making the workshop a success. A local leader from Wakiso stated after the workshop:

“We hear many stories about you people on the radio, but listening to you today I have learned that you actually are like me. We are all human beings.”

A full overview on their project results can be found here.

Two New Board Members

The Foundation Board is reinforced with two new board members: Niels Kattenberg and Nori Spauwen. We would like to give them a warm welcome! Both have different backgrounds and lots of enthusiasm, so they are definitely a valuable addition to the Board. Last Monday they joined our first decision round of the year in which the project proposals for Q1, 2016 were reviewed. More on that soon.

Do you want to get to know Nori and Niels better? Read their short bios here.

Project Update: Mithra Foundation – India

In India, transgenders and men who have sex with men (MSMs) are often denied their basic civil- and human rights. With our funding, Mithra Foundation is setting up Self Help Groups to empower and unite them. So far, various seminars were organized, including one focusing on human and civil rights. After this seminar, legal rights kits were handed out to the participants, containing useful information on how to obtain their rights.

Project Update: Insight – Ukraine

Marina and Marina had to flee from Donetsk, located in Eastern Ukraine. When they arrived in Kiev, Insight was able to shelter them. The two women successfully integrated in in their new hometown and Insight assisted both with finding a job in LGBTI friendly companies. One is working as a medical worker and one is a trade representative. Insight told this couple is now also quite active in Kiev’s LGBTI community. Great project results so far!